LG Display Customizes OLED Interior Lighting for Automobiles

LG Display has supplied OLED light panels to Chang’s Custom, a Korean car customizing company, to create the world’s first van equipped with OLED interior lighting.

The OLED light panel is a surface light source that emits evenly diffused light. OLED light panels are known for their thinness and lightness that makes them ideal for car interiors. While OLED light panels are already been considered for use as automotive tail lights, Chang’s Custom is challenging the auto interior light market with this new technology.

LG Display provided OLED panels for a Korean car customizing company Chang's Custom. (All photos courtesy of LG Display)

OLED light panels are being used to replace ceiling lighting and door interior lighting that now use LED and halogen bulbs. For ceiling lighting, Chang’s Custom used 320x110mm LG OLED light panels with a dimmer that can be controlled by the driver. The company is also using 200x50mm LG OLED light panels for side lighting. The warm and soft light emitted by the OLED light panels creates a luxurious state-of-the-art atmosphere in the car interior.

Jong Soo Chang, CEO of Chang’s Custom, said, “We believe LG Display OLED light panels will create psychological comfort for the driver while giving a luxurious and glamorous feel for passengers. The interior lighting provided by OLED represents a perfect fit for premium-class vehicles.”

A van lit with OLED interior lighting.

He explained that one main advantage in using OLED light panels for interior lighting was that it saved space. LED lighting and halogen light bulbs cannot be embedded in the interior structure, while OLED panels are easily embedded in car’s interior surfaces.

“With limited space inside the car, the thinness and lightness of the OLED light panels effectively uses space. I believe this technology has a bright future for all kinds of transport, not only in cars but also in aircraft and ships.”

The van was first showcased at the Seoul Auto Salon 2016 in Seoul, Korea. There has been a positive and enthusiastic response to the new luxury van customized with premium light capabilities during its display at the auto show. This customized Chevrolet Explorer will be utilized as a vehicle for the VIPs, considering its luxurious upgrade in interior lighting. LG Display is always searching for partners to develop new applications for the OLED light panels.

Full view of the OLED inteiror lighting without passenger seats obstructing the field of view.
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