Philips offers Lumiblades in first OLED lighting 'experience kit'

A new way of lighting your world is coming. Organic LEDs (OLED) are getting more practical every day, and now Philips is offering its Lumiblade OLED panels for sale online. These uncommonly thin panels might find their way into a lamp someday soon, but they're not quite ready yet — it would take about ten of these $229 fixtures for a lamp, so the price still needs to come down before they're anywhere near being practical.

You can live the future (sorry, couldn't resist) by ordering the panels now, but they're marketed as an "experience kit," so those without a modicum of patience need not apply. Beyond this experimentation phase, Philips says starting next year, there will be useful lighting products using these 10,000-hour, highly efficient OLEDs. Exciting stuff, because soon there will be entire walls made of these dimmable panels.

Philips, via OLED Info