Question 1: What does FLEX-O-LITE stand for?
Answer: FLEX-O-LITE is the initial for “Electro-Luminescent” (EL)
Question 2 : How many types of EL does FLEX-O-LITE have?
Answer: Basically there are 3 types of EL panel based on the category of application & cost.
Whole sheet in lighting, which mainly is for backlight purpose, for example for poster, drafting table, x-ray viewer etc.
Partial area lighting, only some specified characters or logo in lighting, which is specially for highlight and power saving purposes.
Animation type EL, the EL content divided into several lighting areas or blocks and connected to the Inverter with sequence-controller. It works and looks like the conventional Neon Sign but very slim & convenient installation.
Question 3: Are there other advantages of the FLEX-O-LITE sheets, besides being thin and lightweight compared to a normal lamp-box?
Answer: Yes, besides being thin and lightweight, it is flexible and provides light with bright, soft, wide viewing angle, lower power consumption, lower radiation and almost no heat. The FLEX-O-LITE technology has many advantages and also can work similar to a conventional neon light functions, but instead of producing “line” light, it generates a smooth “plain” light.
Question 4: What are the advantages & features of your High-Brightness FLEX-O-LITE?
Super Bright – we could produce brightness around 1,000 Luxs/sqm depending on the customer request. Our stock is around 1,000 Luxs/sqm.
1,000 Luxs is 300 cd/m2.
Extra Large Size – Currently we could make a size as big as 120 x 90 cm
Super Slim, Super Thin – Thickness less than 1mm, it is the thinnest lamp in the world.
No Radiation – FLEX-O-LITE uses an Electro-Chemical (Phosphors) to generate the light, not an electronic beam like the CRT or Florescent Bulb.
Very Low or Almost No Heat – This can be very useful for special applications.
Easy Installations – Very lightweight, just like a poster, easy to put on the windows or walls. It is the best choice for a window display.
Even, soft, and smooth lighting, the light is generated by the entire surface, not like a conventional lamp from a dot or a line.
Less Bug and Pests – The wavelength of the FLEX-O-LITE Lamp is hard to see to by bugs, this can be useful during special night applications.
Low Power Consumption – If you use animation type FLEX-O-LITE, its function is similar with conventional neon light, but working Voltage is much lower and less power is consumed.
Best Visibility – According to the experiments, FLEX-O-LITE light has the highest visibility light in a foggy area, it makes a great warning sign used in traffic or on vehicles.
Question 5: How is the current rating?
Answer: Around 0.1 – 0.45 mA/cm2 (The brightness effects the current consumption)
Question 6: How about the power consumption?
Answer: Around 0.01 – 0.1 W/cm2 (The brightness affects the power rating)
Question 7: How bright (The brightness) do you make the FLEX-O-LITE sheet?
Answer: T he brightness of FLEX-O-LITE sheet is 1,000 Luxs/sqm ( 300 cd/m2 ).
B. FLEX-O-LITE EL Structure
C. Design & Application of FLEX-O-LITE EL Sheets
Question 1: Where can the FLEX-O-LITE be used? What is its application?
Answer: It may be used as a billboard, poster, the backlight of any electric products, warning sign, floor, stairs, toys, architectural decoration, etc… Owners of a FLEX-O-LITE sheet can design or create endless applications, especially when used for indoor or any place with limited space and eye-catching items.
Question 2: Can the FLEX-O-LITE sheets be used indoors or outdoors?
Answer: Normally, it is recommended for indoor applications. In outdoors UV protection and weather protection are necessary.
Question 3: Can any paper film be placed over the FLEX-O-LITE sheet as an advertisement?
Answer: It is recommended to use ORIENTAL GRAPHICA “Day & Night” Films.
Question 4: What kinds of shapes are available from FLEX-O-LITE?
Answer: Any shape is possible. But additional tooling charges will be applied to custom shapes.
Question 5: Can we write on the FLEX-O-LITE Sheet?
Answer: Not with a normal pen, only erasable pens for use on whiteboards are acceptable.
Question 6: Can you design the FLEX-O-LITE sheet as a circle within a circle? Or animate like a neon light?
Answer: Yes, we can design a programmable inverter with a sequence controller. The effects are better than a conventional neon sign.
Question 7: How many colors are available for the FLEX-O-LITE Sheet? Does color effect brightness?
Answer: The natural colors of FLEX-O-LITE sheet are only white under power ON and pink under power OFF. Any color may be displayed over the FLEX-O-LITE sheet, generating a colorful display.
Question 8: How do you hang the FLEX-O-LITE sheet on a wall or window?
Answer: For a smaller size, you can tape or use suction cups. Simply tape the FLEX-O-LITE sheet directly onto your wall or window. For larger sizes, fix the sheet within a frame and hang.
Question 9: How thin is the FLEX-O-LITE sheet?
Answer: It is about 0.7mm.
Question 10: What is the largest size that may be made at present?
Answer: At present, we can make our A1 size. By assembling 50cm x 50cm FLEX-O-LITE units we can make any large size panel you wish.
Question 11: How small can the FLEX-O-LITE sheet be made?
Answer: We can make the FLEX-O-LITE sheet as small as a badge or small watch dial.
D. Power & Driver
Question 1: Is the power for FLEX-O-LITE is AC or DC?
Answer: The FLEX-O-LITE Sheet is working under special voltage & frequency. Therefore, any input voltage (AC or DC) has to be converted to the proper voltage & frequency with a special device called an inverter.
Question 2: Can the FLEX-O-LITE be used in a car?
Answer: Yes, you can use the cigarette plug or directly connect to the car battery with the custom inverter. Smaller sized FLEX-O-LITE can be operated with dry cell batteries, rechargeable batteries, button-cell or mercury batteries.
Question 3: What is the battery life for FLEX-O-LITE sheets?
Answer: If you use the AA alkaline batteries or Nickel Metal Hydride Batteries (about 1300 – 2000 mAH) to drive the smaller FLEX-O-LITE sheet (50 – 100 cm2), the battery life is around 15 – 20 hours.
Question 4: Do you have different input voltage for the inverter? AC110V or DC12/24V?
Answer: Yes, according to the customer's requirements. We offer different types of Inverters for different input voltage for various FLEX-O-LITE sheets.
Question 5: Can the FLEX-O-LITE sheet wire be positioned anywhere?
Answer: Yes, basically any position for smaller sizes is possible. But for larger sizes such as A3, the wiring must be located at the corner of the sheet.
Question 6: Can you design the FLEX-O-LITE & Inverter for many sequence controllers? How much is a single sequence controller, two sequence controllers and so forth?
Answer: Yes, the inverter sequence controllers for Animation type FLEX-O-LITE can be design upon request.