Flexible LED Lighting
Navy SBIR FY2018.1

Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2018.1
Topic No.: N181-002
Topic Title: Flexible LED Lighting
Proposal No.: N181-002-0459
Firm: InnoSys
2900 South Main Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84115
Contact: Larry Sadwick
Phone: (801) 975-7399
Web Site: http://www.innosystech.com
Abstract: The Marine Corps has used light emitting diode (LED) lighting systems in soft-wall and rigid-wall shelters. Unfortunately, the current LED lighting has not provided the energy efficiencies and cost savings originally desired. InnoSys proposes to develop new lighting that are based on printed quantum dots (QD) + LED on commercially available flexible substrates for use in lighting systems in soft-wall and rigid-wall shelters. Simultaneously, we will address the performance deficiencies of the current LED lighting to ensure output from the proposed solution is highly efficient and can provide the . The proposed QLED and QD based lighting will provide color/wavelength choice and tuning to aid in user comfort and productivity as well as meeting blackout requirements. The proposed lighting will be highly energy efficient, compact in size and light in weight and meet or exceed all of the specified requirements. The proposed solutions will be rugged, reliable and flexible in more ways than just the lighting panels themselves and provide for current and future needs of the Marine Corps and other branches of the Department of Defense as well as other government and commercial sector lighting needs. The electronics will permit full range dimming as well as simple on/off control.
Benefits: The potential commercial benefits resulting from this Navy SBIR effort to implement extremely rugged, ultra-high reliability, low-cost, MIL-STD-461F compliant intelligent lighting will benefit lighting markets for shelters, vehicles, transports, ships, aircraft, harsh and extreme environments including flexible LEDs and QLEDs into commercial markets and business. The commercial applications are vast and diverse from general (white) light lamps to large screen multi-color (i.e., red, green & blue RGB) entertainment televisions to backlights for LCD TVs, to urban area lighting, emergency lighting, airport lighting, building and bridge lighting, airport runway lighting, high reliability lights, remote lighting, safety lighting, etc. Commercial adoption of QLEDs will also be very important and drive applications in homes, businesses, outdoor, recreation, security, marine, airport, entertainment, etc. Given the potential form factors for QD lighting coupled with power supplies and drivers specifically optimized to enable and exploit the unique form factors and inherent flexibility of direct QD general lighting, tremendous design flexibility is an inevitable result, thereby creating the possibility of new and innovative SSL lighting including potentially luminaires, lighting design approaches, and architectural integration. Also, direct electrically driven QD general lighting should enable luminaires with superior color attributes. These superior color attributes include user-adjustable/selectable white, RGB color and high 'white light' CRI, and even color temperature tunability. QLEDs will also have the desirable features of OLEDs in terms of being low glare potentially large area light sources. It is possible that QLEDs can selectively combine the best performance and related features of both LEDs and OLEDs while increasing flexibility and reducing costs of manufacturing.