​The new low-cost LED can revolutionize lighting technology
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Energy-saver light bulbs are about to become the next big thing. And light emitting diode, commonly called LED, is one such ubiquitous blinker that leads the race. They are not only more efficient than CFLs, but they also last much longer. But owing to its sophisticated technology, these LEDs fall heavy on a common man's pocket.

Experimenting with a combination of organic and inorganic materials, researchers at Florida State University's Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering have invented a highly-efficient and low-cost LED.

"It can potentially revolutionize lighting technology. In general, the cost of LED lighting has been a big concern thus far. Energy savings have not balanced out high costs. This could change that," said assistant professor Zhibin Yu of Florida State University's Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering.

Other that Yu, post doctoral researcher Junqiang Li and graduate students Sri Ganesh Bade and Xin Shan worked on this study.

Published in the journal Advanced Materials, the research stated that the new material, which dissolves and can be applied like paint, shines a blue, green or red light and can be used to make a light bulb.

The team of researchers claimed that it is far simpler to manufacture than existing products on the market.

Most LED materials require engineers to put four or five layers of material on top of each other to create the desired product or effect. However, Yu team used only one layer to come up with this innovation.

The research has been awarded by the US National Science Foundation to further investigate the essential materials and establish the processing platform for the development of intrinsically stretchable, active-matrix organic LED displays.
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