What is OLED?

Updated: Jul 3, 2021

The acronym ‘OLED’ stands for Organic Light-Emitting Diode - a technology that uses LEDs in which the light is produced by organic molecules. These organic LEDs are used to create what are considered to be the world’s best display panels.

OLED displays are made by placing a series of organic thin films between two conductors. When an electrical current is applied, a bright light is emitted. A simple design - which brings with it many advantages over other display technologies.

OLEDs enable emissive displays - which means that each pixel is controlled individually and emits its own light (unlike LCDs in which the light comes from a backlighting unit). OLED displays feature great image quality - bright colors, fast motion and most importantly - very high contrast. Most notably, “real” blacks (that cannot be achieved in LCDs due to the backlighting). The simple OLED design also means that it is relatively easy to produce flexible and transparent displays.