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Printed lights to replace bulbs

(Staff Report)
Filed on April 26, 2015
Printed lights to replace bulbs

Dubbed ’paper lights’, the cutting-edge technology uses bio-degradable paper-printed electric connections with no heat or carbon emissions.

Salih CP and Umar Salim explaining the benefits of energy-saving flexible paper lights at Wetex in Dubai. — Supplied photo

Dubai — Aasa Group, a Sharjah-based business consortium engaged in multidiscipline activities, has announced the launch of printed light technology, one of the latest innovations in sustainable energy.

Dubbed ’paper lights’, the cutting-edge technology uses bio-degradable paper-printed electric connections with no heat or carbon emissions.

Salih CP, chairman and managing director (MD) of Aasa Group of Companies, said that the printed light technology, which is making its debut in the region, is a game-changing energy conservation initiative.

Salih explained that the light emitted by the printed bulbs will not emit heat or carbon. “The paper in which the circuit is printed is biodegradable and causes no environmental issues. The most important part is that it is much cheaper than the conventional lighting system and can be used by solar-powered batteries,” he said at a media briefing at the group’s stand at Wetex exhibition. “This product will have a far-reaching impact on various sectors, including visual media, advertisement boards, glow signage and decorative illumination.”

The technology has been developed by Dubai-based i4 Technologies, its CEO and MD Umar Salim CTP said.

The light emitted by the printed light bulbs are now used for illuminating photos and walls which, in the next stage, will be used for illuminating three-dimensional objects which need higher luminous flex, the parameter for lighting.

The technology has been used in lighting parts of the Burj Khalifa, The Dubal Mall, Global Village and some other places as back lighting, he said. Salim said research took four years and is continuing to be applied in other daily scores such as television, cars, smartphones as well as lamps, he said.

“Most of the lights in our homes come from light bulbs, but that will probably not be the case anymore in future. Light bulbs, in the shape of paper, is the future,” Salih said.

The paper lights, manufactured using organic compounds, produce up to a maximum of 200 luminous flex. Aasa group chief operating officer Shyam M.R. said the commercial viability of this product is under study. It will take more than a year to come out with a complete portfolio of applications ready for the market, he said.


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