Verbatim, a company probably best known for its data storage technology – from floppy disks to CD and DVD formats as well as portable USB drives, flash memory cards and external hard drives – is also putting its know-how to use in lighting.
At the Fuori Salone staged in Milan, Italy, in mid-April, Verbatim revealed what it claims as the world’s first commercially available, organic LED (OLED) lighting panels. They are colour tunable, white tone tunable and dimmable.The Verbatim OLED display was created in partnership with lighting designer Satoshi Uchihara who has designed World Heritage Site installations such as at Kinkakuji, in Kyoto, Japan. The display incorporated one of the world’s largest OLED panels at 140mm by 140mm.
Called Velve, Verbatim OLEDs produce high quality, soft and colourful lighting with a luxurious feel. They enable lighting designers to express their creativity in many different physical forms, including walls of light. By tuning the colour and intensity of light, the emotional impact of the lighting scheme can be changed to reflect the mood required for the environment. For example, bright, white light may be adjusted to more subdued, relaxing lighting with muted colours.
The OLEDs are based on unique materials technology developed by Verbatim’s parent company, Mitsubishi Chemical Holding Group. The lighting will be available from Verbatim in South Africa following its launch in Europe.