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OLED-LEAP Program at the LRC

OLED-LEAP: OLED Lighting Education and Application Program

The Lighting Research Center’s SSL program is expanding its research, education, and industry activities to include organic light-emitting diodes, otherwise known as OLEDs. With rapid advances in OLED technology and the appearance of high-performance products in the marketplace, OLED lighting is ready to influence lighting applications. OLEDs offer several benefits, including energy efficiency and unique opportunities for innovative design because of their thin, flexible nature. OLED performance is expected to increase rapidly to a viable, cost-competitive level within the next five years.

OLED lighting represents a great opportunity for early product development and business growth, but manufacturers often do not have the resources to dive into the complexities of this emerging technology. To meet this need, the LRC offers the following program opportunity.


OLED-LEAP’s sponsorship base consists of major OLED component, lighting, and controls manufacturers, large-scale purchasers of lighting systems, government agencies, and public benefit administration organizations. These entities sponsor OLED-LEAP because they are committed to seeing a unique lighting technology such as OLED gain a strong foothold as an energy-efficient alternative.

Operating Plan: Scope of Work and Organization

Working with the LRC project team, liaisons from OLED-LEAP sponsor companies help to identify activities and allocate funds for the program. The member liaisons teleconference or meet at least twice per year. At the OLED-LEAP annual meeting, project priorities for the following year are determined. The OLED-LEAP project team at the LRC subsequently prepares a work plan and budget for each of the projects designated by the OLED-LEAP members. At the following meetings, progress reports are given by LRC staff on the projects and activities selected.

OLED-LEAP sponsors pay $30,000 annually. (There is a reduced fee structure for a three-year commitment and an additional discount for early sponsors.) LRC Partners and ASSIST sponsors benefit from an additional 50% discount on the OLED-LEAP membership fee to become a voting member. Each member organization designates a liaison to work with the LRC’s OLED-LEAP program and attend meetings.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has provided start-up support for this initiative.

Benefits of OLED-LEAP Sponsorship

  • Leveraging of funds by participation in a collaborative research project as agreed upon by the membership

  • Opportunities to provide input on target activities

  • One vote per member organization to determine annual program agenda

  • At least one review and/or agenda-setting meeting during the year

  • Recognition of sponsorship on all print and electronic materials related to OLED-LEAP

  • Opportunities to showcase high-quality OLED lighting products at the LRC facilities

  • Opportunity to donate products and participate in field demonstration and evaluation projects

  • Discounted registration fee (20% off) for all solid-state lighting educational programs conducted at the LRC

  • Access to a network of system and component manufacturers, buyers groups, and government agencies

Join Hands To

Overcome market barriers for OLED lighting
Develop new metrics and support industry standards activities that can show value
Drive market pull for OLED lighting and advance its use

For more information on OLED-LEAP

Dr. N. Narendran, Director of Research
Lighting Research Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute | (518) 687-7100


Technical Publications & Reports

Mou, X., J.P. Freyssinier, N. Narendran, and J.D. Bullough. 2017. Preliminary evaluation of discomfort glare in organic light-emitting diode and edge-lit light-emitting diode lighting panels. Journal of Biomedical Optics 22(5): 055004; doi: 10.1117/1.JBO.22.5.055004.

Mou, X., N. Narendran, Y. Zhu, and J.P. Freyssinier. 2016. Evaluation of OLED and edge-lit LED lighting panels. Proceedings of SPIE 9954, Fifteenth International Conference on Solid State Lighting and LED-based Illumination Systems, 995403 (September 7, 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2240465.

Zhu, Y., and N. Narendran. 2016. A spectral measurement method for determining white OLED average junction temperatures. Proceedings of SPIE 9954, Fifteenth International Conference on Solid State Lighting and LED-based Illumination Systems, 995405 (September 22, 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2240424.

Zhu, Y., N. Narendran, J. Tan, and X. Mou. 2014. An imaging-based photometric and colorimetric measurement method for characterizing OLED panels for lighting applications. Proceedings of SPIE 9190: 91900E. pdf logo

Related News & Research

Summary Poster: Industry Collaboration Demonstrates OLED Lighting (2017)

Summary Poster: Evaluating OLED and Edge-lit LED Panels (2017)

Summary Poster: Spectral Method for Measuring White OLED Junction Temperature (2017)

Presentation: Exploring Innovative OLED Luminaire Design (2015)

Summary Poster: Encouraging OLED Lighting Development in New York State (2015)

Summary Poster: Exploring a Method for Measuring OLED Lumen Depreciation (2015)

Lighting Research Center to Establish OLED Lighting Education and Application Program to Assist Manufacturers, OLED Industry – Press release (2015)

Digital lighting goes organic. Student Science (June 6, 2014)

Summary Poster: Exploring OLEDs for Backlighting Applications (2012)

LED Lighting Institute – Twice yearly workshop on LEDs and OLEDs, held at the LRC

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