Ikea Invests in Flexible LED Tech
Venture capital firm Ikea GreenTech, part of Swedish homeware giant Ikea, has invested in Scottish firm Design LED Products – a company developing technology for energy-efficient LED lighting systems.
Its primary innovation is the 'Light Tile' – LEDs embedded into clear resins and films, creating a flexible material that produces energy-efficient lighting at a low cost. The tiles are lightweight and thin, offering a whole host of design possibilities. This interest in lightweight, yet high-performance materials – particularly relating to LEDs – is explored in our Spring/Summer 2016 Design Direction, Trace – an aesthetic defined by shifting light.
The investment is in tune with Ikea's pledge to switch its entire lighting range from incandescent bulbs to LEDs by September 2015. LEDs are becoming increasingly popular due to their energy efficiency – in response, designers are exploring innovations made possible by this technology. See Philips Unveils LED Carpets, Wooden Light Bulb: Ledon and Nanoleaf's Dimmable LED Bulb for further examples.