DOE Announces $10.1M in Round 4 of New Investments to Drive Cost-Competitive LED Lighting

The US DOE has announced $10.1 million in funding to five companies for R&D intended to lower the cost of energy-efficient SSL lighting.

As a response to the SSL Manufacturing R&D funding opportunity announcement made in December, the US. Department of Energy (DOE) has competitively selected five projects for solid-state lighting (SSL) to receive the fourth round of funding. The two-year projectsLED will focus on reducing costs while maintaining quality by improving the quality and performance of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). Total DOE funding for the five projects is $10.1 million, while the five companies will put in a matching $10.1 million investment. Continue reading

T5 And T8 Linear Fluorescent Lamp Shipments Surge During First Quarter

National Electrical Manufacturers Association’s (NEMA) T5 and T8 linear fluorescent lampt5-t8 indexes surged upward 6.3 and 15.7 percent on a year-over-year basis (y/y), respectively, during 2013Q1. Moreover, the T8 index value of 120.2 was the second highest in the history of the series. Meanwhile, the index reading of 173.9 for T5 lamps was the highest since 2011. Not surprisingly, the index for T12 lamp shipments continued to diminish, posting a decrease of 38.9 percent (y/y), settling at a value of 36.5 for the quarter. Continue reading

Philips Lighting Claims R&D System Efficacy Achievement for LED Tube

By: Maury WrightLEDs Magazine

Philips Lighting has revealed laboratory work on an LED-based replacement for fluorescent tubes in which a so called TLED (Tube lighting LED) tube delivered 200 lm/W, including the driver, at a 3000K warm-white CCT. The company said it will bring such a solid-state lighting (SSL) product to market in 18 months to two years.

Philips chose to announce the lab project because of the magnitude of the opportunity for energy savings. Jy Bhardwaj, senior vice president or research and development, said 50% of global commercial lighting uses fluorescent tubes. The best such fluorescent lights operate in the 100-lm/W range so efficiency in that application could double in two years.

Philips_TLED_protoIn the US, fluorescent lights consume 200 terawatts annually according to Philips. The company said retrofit of all such lighting with 200-lm/W tubes would be the equivalent of 50 medium-sized power plants. Continue reading

Quarter of All Lighting Will be LED

By: Christine Persaud

According to the latest report by NPD DisplaySearch, a quarter of all global lighting will be LED-based by 2016, as the technology continues its rapid rise in manufacturing, and prices fall.

The growth can be attributed to consumers and businesses making the switch due to environmental concerns, as well as government incentives.

273_898a57735dfb6f1323cc13ec8b65f8daf8209af6The new opportunity for LED lighting applications will double the market, from 16 million units in 2012 to a forecasted 33 million in 2013, and will nearly triple by 2016. Continue reading