Christoph Petersen (Head of Design) about the connection of material and technology.
Thinking about light and questioning existing standards has always been our approach to product development.
In the development process for the OMLED OLED luminaire family, we asked ourselves: How can we reduce the material required for a luminaire to the absolute minimum and thus meet the trend-setting OLED technology? Due to its soft and glare-free light, the OLED does not require lenses, scattering optics and reflectors, nor does it require aluminum heat sinks for heat dissipation. These factors enabled us to radically rethink luminaires in their design.
For our OMLED One family of luminaires, we wanted to create a system that could be equipped with up to 5 OLED modules and could be used for the various applications as a pendant, floor, table and desk lamp. This challenged us to develop our own electronic circuit, which allows each OLED lamp to be replaced individually and at the same time enables a flat and filigree luminaire design.
In our research, we came across a new technology in the lighting industry, with which conductor tracks and electronic components can be brought directly onto glass. The first attempts were promising and so the worldwide first luminaires, where the housing is circuit board and operating element at the same time, were created. With the help of the electronics on glass, we can do without the usual circuit boards and reduce the installation height of the luminaire to an absolute minimum.