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Lightclubbing

A new generation of organic LEDs, or OLEDs, installed in a Malaysian discotheque create the ultimate nightclubbing experience.

Organic light-emitting diodes are very thin films of organic molecules that create light with the application of electricity. OLED displays are exceptional in that they can produce brighter, crisper displays on electronic devices and use less power than conventional light-emitting diodes (LEDs) or liquid crystal displays (LCDs).

An OLED installation completed this summer in Kuala Lumpur’s Providence VIP Club is made from 1,680 individual Philips Lumiblade OLED tiles. These tiles are designed to emit diffuse light from their surfaces and are programmed to pulse light to the rhythm of the music. It’s a great combination of the latest in lighting technology mixed with design finesse. You can check out a video of these nightclubbing lights here.

Like many new technologies, OLEDs have faced initial stumbling blocks that have prevented them from being used more widely to date in creative applications. For starters, the tiles are available in limited sizes with those used in the Providence VIP Club for example measuring 74 mm x 74 mm. A further constraint is cost, but this is rapidly becoming less of an issue. Philips estimates the costs of OLEDs will have fallen dramatically by the end of 2013 as compared to mid-2012 prices because of improved manufacturing yield.

But for many in the nightclub industry, the initial cost was worth it to provide the latest in nightclubbing atmosphere. Providence VIP Club owner Ashwin Prakash explains, “It is an investment that few would make, but we believe in adopting new technologies in our clubs to enhance the VIP experience. Our guests are enamoured by the lights.

Based on the images and videos, so are we!

You can read more about Lumiblade tiles here.

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