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OLED Interior Car Lighting: Customized for Comfort

Rendering of five organic light emitting diode (OLED) overhead lights illuminating the grey interior of a car.

The automotive lighting industry is in a state of rapid transformation. Autonomous vehicles, electrification, and connectivity are reshaping the way we interact with car lighting—both inside and out.

Drivers and passengers have different needs, yet both expect higher performance from interior lighting. Basic lighting is out, and no longer adequate, while customized lighting is in, with demand on the rise. This shift affords manufacturers new opportunities to incorporate responsive, personalized lighting in the car interior. Innovative interior lighting design improves safety and comfort for all occupants, while also boosting car owners’ sense of pride.

Atala organic light emitting diode (OLED) car lighting by OLEDWorks is revolutionizing design possibilities for drivers and manufacturers alike. Atala OLED lighting solutions allow manufacturers to elevate their brand by blending aesthetics, functionality, and personalization that enhances the driving experience for all.

Space-Saving and Lightweight OLEDs Enhance Energy Efficiency

Manufacturers are increasingly concerned with space and weight savings to accommodate more electronics and display technology. However, there is only so much room to fit lights and electronics in the car interior. This is particularly relevant when considering the sizeable optical assemblies used by inorganic LED technology to decrease glare and discomfort.

Rendering of a car interior and closeup of a sun visor mirror that has organic light emitting diode (OLED) lights.
Rendering of OLED lighting in a vehicle mirror

Energy efficiency and weight reduction are especially critical aspects in the design of electric vehicles (EVs). Efficient energy use ensures longer driving ranges, while minimizing weight contributes to better performance and reduced energy consumption.

Enter Atala OLED technology, a game-changer in the field of automotive lighting. These ultra-thin panels, measuring a mere millimeter or less, offer several advantages:

  • Lightweight and thin: Atala OLED interior lights offer an incredibly slim profile that excels at providing significant weight and space savings.

  • Fewer components: As a surface light source, they don't need optical components, including diffusers, reflectors, and shades.

  • Low heat output: Atala interior car lights don't need heatsinks because they distribute heat evenly across the surface of the panel, which helps achieve additional space and weight savings.

  • Natural and uniform lighting: The lighting emitted is naturally diffuse, uniform, and free from flicker and glare.

  • Flexibility: Atala panels can flex and follow the curves of the vehicle, enhancing visibility and design possibilities.

  • Energy efficiency: By minimizing energy consumption, these lightweight OLED panels contribute to extended electric vehicle (EV) range.

  • Minimal energy loss: Without the need for additional optical components, Atala products ensure minimal energy loss within the lighting system, boosting overall efficiency.


Atala outshines the competition as a promising energy-efficient and space-saving solution for the automotive industry. The slim profile of Atala lighting allows automotive designers the freedom to rethink lighting configurations. These flexible panels can seamlessly integrate into various parts of a vehicle, from stylish taillights to futuristic dashboard displays. As cars become sleeker and more streamlined, Atala products will play a pivotal role in optimizing available space.

Comfort and Design with OLED Lighting

Interior lighting design approaches will increasingly shift alongside the "driver-to-passenger" changes associated with self-driving cars. Automotive interiors will come to reflect the comfort and design qualities of passengers' homes and workspaces. From automatic dimming levels to driver-specific hello and goodbye signatures, vehicle manufacturers need the capacity to meet consumer demand for personalization. Automakers can increase driver satisfaction and revenue potential through personalization and branding with OLEDs.

Rendering of five organic light emitting diode (OLED) overhead lights illuminating the grey interior of a car.
Automotive interior OLED rendering

Designing cars for both comfort and style is possible with Atala OLEDs that:

  • Supply highly uniform light that fills the car in all directions, without harsh contrast or shadowing. Conventional light sources emit focused beams or uneven illumination, while Atala panels disperse light evenly across their entire surface.

  • Remain cool to the touch to expand opportunities to integrate lighting with wood, leather, fabrics, and other luxury materials.

  • Create a sense of spaciousness and emphasize luxury by highlighting design elements and high-quality materials.

  • Dim from 0-100% for a full range of adjustments to customize the interior lighting atmosphere.

  • Have crisp segmentation within the panel design. This offers unique opportunities to brand and personalize—from dynamic animations for safety information to lighted manufacturer logos embedded in mirrors, consoles, and doors.


OLEDs give manufacturers unparalleled flexibility to make their mark inside the vehicle, while simultaneously meeting the safety, comfort, and personalization needs of all occupants.

Exciting changes are happening in the world of automotive lighting design. As we move into the future of self-driving cars, interior design will need to meet the changing needs of all occupants. Atala OLED technology is up for the challenge, possessing the ability to seamlessly blend interior lighting aesthetics with functionality. Learn more about how flexible, communicable, and adaptable OLED lighting is meeting automotive demands.


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