The Fipel, A Major Plastic Light Bulb Breakthrough, Darkens Fluorescent's Future

Researchers at a North Carolina university have developed a replacement for fluorescent lightbulbs that is flicker-free. The Fipel, or field-induced polymer electroluminescent technology, is made from layers of light-emitting polymer with nanomaterials that glow when an electric current is introduced. The light burns brighter than a conventional bulb and is longer-lasting, says its creator.

Dr David Carroll, the professor of physics at Wake Forest University, believes that the breakthrough is more significant than OLEDs. "What we've found is a way of creating light rather than heat. Our devices contain no mercury, they contain no caustic chemicals, and they don't break as they are not made of glass."

[Image via WFU]

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  • David Sutton

    The FIPEL technology is currently under an exclusive world-wide license
    by CeeLite Technologies, LLC. CeeLite sponsored the research and
    developed the technology at WFU. CeeLite and Wake Forest are working
    together to begin production early next year. For business inquiries
    please email David Sutton, a management consultant for CeeLite
    Technologies, at

  • Richard dupuche

    Hi david, the fipel product really interest my company please contact me

  • pellelu

    Hey guys,

    we don't want to destroy this mind-boggling piece of science with a lot of facts, do we?

  • Alex Gerulaitis (DV411)

    that's what I wanted to say, just didn't know how... Thank you for speaking my mind. :)

  • Matthew_Brown

    What is the mean time to failure?  What is the % of output degradation over the life of he product?   How many lumens per watt?..