LED Lighting – Crossing the Chasm

The lighting industry has been eagerly waiting for LED lighting to take off.  After taking a look at coverage of this spring’s industry shows, it is clear that LED lighting for consumers is poised for mass adoption.  Industry observers have been picking up on some positive signals from industry trade shows worldwide and even your local home improvement store shelves. Here’s a look at the LED lighting market at three shows from three continents.

Light Fair 2012 — According to LED Magazine, the big news at the Las Vegas-based show was 100W retrofit lamps.  At least three industry leaders had 100W-equivalent light bulb announcements for the show including Philips Lighting, Osram Sylvania and GE Lighting.  Osram Sylvania may be first to market with their 100W-equivalet lamp with plans to ship this summer.  They also have a 3-way lamp in development making consumers who love their 3-way bulbs happy.  The show moves to Philadelphia in 2013.

Light & Building 2012 — Industry Analyst Philip Smallwood wrote up the show for the IMS Research Analyst Blog.  Smallwood mentioned that he was, “first impressed, then overwhelmed by the sheer number of LED lamps on display at the show.”  His big take-away for the show held in Frankfurt, Germany:  consumers are going to have a difficult time selecting the right LED replacement for a 60W bulb.  He further covered the types of buyers (with a nod to Geoffrey Moore and Crossing the Chasm):  early adopters and general consumers. Visit Philip’s blog post for more.

Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition 2012— A report from LEDinside indicates that the LED market in Asia is making moves towards maturity.  The show floor at the Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition in China was full of companies focused on LED lighting with only a few vendors focused on incandescent.  “LEDinside believes the little amount of attention traditional lighting received at (the show) marked the beginning of LED’s wide adoption. Given LED technology’s ongoing improvement, the dipping cost and the increasing market acceptance, it may not be long before LED popularity sees a sharp surge,” concluded the author.

For Further Reading:

Light & Building 2012 – LEDs Need to Evolve from the Next Greatest Gadget into a Light Bulb, Philip Smallwood, IMS Research

LEDs Magazine, Lamp form remains important, SSL takes new shape at LFI

LEDinside.com, Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition 2012 Report II: Exhibition Space Increase Marked LED Market’s Climbing Maturity

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It seems like LEDs are in everything these days – backlighting everything from your mobile phone, Apple iPad and flat screen HDTV to traffic lights, light bulbs and even the kitchen sink. But, making LEDs is a complex process that begins with the creation of sapphire. Not the pretty blue gemstone, but large commercial crystals that can weigh as much as 400 lbs. Once these large sapphire crystals are grown into boules and cooled, they’re cut into cores, cut further into flat circular wafers, polished and then used to grow LEDs. About 85 percent of HB-LEDs (high brightness) are grown on sapphire. There’s not that much information out there about the process. This blog is meant to shed some light (excuse the pun) on sapphire, LEDs and the industry that is devoted to making our lives just a little brighter. In the months ahead, we’ll tackle some topics that will help you understand a little more about sapphire and LED industry. Here’s a sample of what we’ll cover in the coming months: • Growing sapphire • For a wafer, size matters • Quality - When sapphire wafers go bad • LED light bulbs • Market & myths • Interviews with industry shining stars • Reports from industry events • Current events in perspective Please join us each week to learn more about sapphire and the LED market. We look forward to seeing you.

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