"New Plastic Lighting Saves Energy. Goodbye, Fluorescent Lights?"

"Scientists have designed an energy-efficient light of plastic packed with nanomaterials that glow. The shatterproof FIPEL technology can be molded into almost any shape, but still needs to prove it's commercially viable."

"Move over flickering, fluorescent tubes. There's a new bulb in town.

Scientists at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., have designed a durable, plastic light that offers an efficient, buzz-free alternative to the mass lighting deplored by cubicle workers around the globe.

'People often complain that fluorescent lights bother their eyes, and the hum from the fluorescent tubes irritates anyone sitting at a desk underneath them,' David Carroll, the lead scientist behind the light's development, said in a statement. 'The new lights we have created can cure both of those problems and more.'

The lighting uses layers of plastic packed with nanomaterials that glow when an electric current is introduced. It's called field-induced polymer electroluminescent (FIPEL) technology. Not only does it quietly project soft, white light, it's also shatterproof, low-temperature, and can be molded into almost any shape, the scientists say."

David J. Unger reports for the Christian Science Monitor December 3, 2012.

Source: Christian Science Monitor, 12/04/2012