This paper comes out of the Western Research Lab at Compaq: Characterization of Organic Illumination Systems. Making organic things emit light is a very trendy topic now, with a good deal of research going into OLEDs (organic light emitting diodes) and similar devices. This paper from way back in 1989 is an interesting read on some early investigations on the subject. They do some very interesting investigations on materials you find in most kitchens.
Recent anecdotal reports of novel principles of illumination have stressed qualitative aspects. This note presents a quantitative study of an organic illumintation system, characterizing the temperature and current-flow properties of the system as functions of time and device parameters. Theoretical and practical implications of these measurements are discussed.