Target Sets Sights on Saving Money with LED Refrigeration Displays

Target, the US national retain chain, installed automated LED lighting in refrigerated display cases.

A recent report from market research firm Strategies Unlimited examined the LED lighting market and highlighted a few bright spots in the LED market: retail display lighting, outdoor area lighting and commercial and industrial lighting markets are expected to grow by 62%, 13% and 12%.

The report authors singled out refrigerated display lighting as an important part of the retail display market since it is increasingly used in emerging markets around the world where a new middle class and urbanization will drive demand.

Most notably in the US, national retail chain Target has deployed LED lighting in the refrigerated display cases in grocery departments in 500 stores with the help of GE Lighting solutions. The motion activated LED lighting units turn on when customers are in the vicinity.  Target expects to cut its energy use by 60 percent with GE Lighting’s LED refrigerated display cases.

The commercial and industrial LED lighting segment was the largest LED in lighting segment in 2011.  Strategies Unlimited forecast revenues to grow to $1.2 billion in 2016, following a CAGR of 13%.  In the US market, this may be helped by the US Department of Energy “ban” on fluorescent T12 lamps covered in an earlier blog post.

For Further Reading or Viewing

LEDs Magazine, LED lighting market holds steady in 2012, http://ledsmagazine.com/features/9/9/8

GE Lighting Solutions, Target lights up with LEDs (video case study), http://www.ge.com/audio_video/ge/innovation/target_lights_up_with_leds.html

Clearlysapphire.com Blog, Deep Dive: LED Tubes Gain Traction, http://blog.clearlysapphire.com/?p=247

LEDs Magazine, Target supermarkets will install GE LED lighting in refrigerated cases, http://ledsmagazine.com/news/7/4/12

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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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