LED Lights Of Tomorrow 100 Times Smaller?

Think today’s LED lights are efficient? The LEDs of tomorrow could be even more so, using a type of bulb 100 times smaller than those we see today, according to a new study published by researchers at the University of Miami College of Engineering.

The study, entitled “Unusual Strategies for Using InGaN Grown on Silicon (111) for Solid State Lighting,” was published recently online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. It was co-authored by the university’s assistant professor Jizhou Song, who noted that this new LED model is based on a silicon substrate, novel etching strategies, a unique layout and an innovative thermal management method.

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Song said, in a statement, “The combination of these manufacturing techniques allows the new design to be much smaller and keep lower temperatures than current LEDs using the same electrical power.”

Song and his fellow researchers see potential applications for this tiny form of solid-state lighting in deformable display monitors and biomedical devices that can adapt to the curvilinear surfaces of the human body.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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