FLEx has developed proprietary technologies to convert thin and inexpensive plastic into an efficient and powerful light source for a wide range of applications, from the displays on our electronics to the light fixtures in our homes.
How does it work? The technology inserts light in plastic films thinner than a piece of paper. It then radiates light from the film exactly where it is needed. This new light guiding technology uses off-the-shelf commercial LEDs, which allows FLEx to take advantage of ongoing LED innovations and improvements, directly augmenting and enhancing its lighting solutions.
A “light guide” is a common method of lighting the phones, tablets, laptops and televisions we use every day. Light is inserted into a sheet of plastic, which then “lights up”. In the simplest terms, FLEx has re-invented the “light guide”.
Our light guide film can be as thin as 50 microns, yet our optical technology allows it to attach to the most common LEDs on the market.
FLEx’s system uniformly distributes and color-mixes LED light before channeling it into the display area. This method creates more vivid colors and allows for color tuning.
FLEx’s efficient lighting system requires only a small number of LEDs supporting the long battery lifetimes for reflective displays.
FLEx’s technology is applied to very thin rolls of clear plastic film that can be laminated to the display surface. This creates a level of clarity unsurpassed by other front lighting methods.
The thin, plastic light guide maintains uniform lighting even if rolled or folded, making edgeless and flexible displays a reality.
FLEx’s proprietary light mixing region can be curved away from the edge, eliminating the need for a frame to cover hot spots of traditional edge lighting.
FLEx has over 23 issued patents throughout the world including the U.S., Americas, EU and Asia. The cover the core light insertion technology, manufacturing methods, and a range of product applications.View Products
FLEx’s thin film lighting delivers all the benefits of traditional LED lighting methods but adds many more performance advantages. FLEx’s lighting provides thin form factors to reduce product thickness and enables flexible panels. It also delivers light in invisible and distortion free film and does not have all the bulky materials of direct lighting or the hot spotting of edge lighting. FLEx is the preferred way of delivering elegant light in a streamlined package.
Direct lighting uses an array of LEDs and requires substantial thickness and/or a high number of LEDs to create a uniform light.
Edge lighting places a line of LEDs along the edges of a plastic plate. This system allows fewer LEDs than direct lighting but requires a thicker frame to cover the hot spots along the border.
FLEx Lighting uses up to 80% fewer LEDs than direct and edge lighting and does not require a light-mixing region. This results in the highest performance and most compact LED lighting technology available.