Researchers are developing ways to use organic light-emitting diodes as a source for room lighting. By increasing the size of the sheets and the brightness, researchers think the material could become an energy-efficient replacement for the incandescent bulb. OLED lighting--organic because the films that emit light contain hydrogen and carbon atoms--could be incorporated into fabrics, furniture and other items.
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