08-May-2015 Düsseldorf / Germany
Light years ahead
Over the past years, global megatrends such as urbanization, energy and digitization have driven new lighting inventions. An increasing number of applications are using light emitting diodes (LEDs) that offer improved brightness with warm light, lower energy consumption and longer life spans.
LEDs have become the leading technology for lighting solutions globally. Henkel Adhesive Technologies, the leading solution provider for adhesives, sealants and functional coatings, is a key supplier and development partner for luminaire companies around the globe “The headlights of cars, illuminated advertising of stores and restaurants, desktop computer screens or smartphone displays – these are examples of everyday objects using LED technology,” states Mike Olosky, Corporate Senior Vice President and Global Head of Innovation and New Business Development at Henkel Adhesive Technologies. “What they have in common: They are all built with the application of high-performing adhesives.”
The overarching goal is to provide long life for LED lighting devices, even in applications exposed to harsh conditions, such as extreme temperatures, dust, dirt, vibration and underwater immersion. Henkel Adhesive Technologies is continuously working on innovation in the areas of bonding and sealing, potting, thermal management, surface treatment and low-pressure molding – enabling lighting manufacturers to succeed in their markets.
Strategically scouting trends for future growth
In collaboration with lighting manufacturers, industry experts and researchers, Henkel experts have analyzed what lighting technology might look like in 2025. The result of this work is the trend report “Lighting in 2025” which shows the future growth potentials in lighting, with a focus on automotive and housing applications. Based on the report results, Henkel Adhesive Technologies has identified organic light-emitting diodes, or OLEDs, as a specific area of focus extending beyond traditional LEDs. OLEDs are flexible, provide uniform surface illumination, save energy and have already proved their marketability in the first applications.