As LEDs Meet Lighting… October 18, 2007Posted by author in : Lighting , add a comment
ttnet.net - [2006/04/07]
Booming building and manufacturing activities and a revolutionary transition to energy-efficient products pave a bright road for lighting fixtures. The global market for light sources of all types (incandescent, fluorescent, etc.) reaches $12-15 billion, growing by 2-3% per year, while the lighting fixture industry is forecasted to increase by 6.2% annually through 2008 to $85 billion. Although the lighting industry has a long way to go before it is in a position to accept LEDs as light sources for general use, industry experts predict that energy-efficient LEDs will sooner or later sweep away all other forms of lighting, up to and including household lights. High-brightness light-emitting diodes (HB-LEDs) mainly aim at illuminating application. HB-LEDs offer lower power consumption, longer operating life and environmental advantages yet use up only one-tenth the energy incandescent lights consume. The demand of HB-LEDs lights is driven by their increasing penetration in market segments such as mobile appliances, LCD backlights, automotive lighting and signage. In 2004, the market for HB-LEDs in all applications reached $3.6 billion. By 2008, the overall HB LED market will be nearly $6 billion, of which 12% will be used for lighting.
The very high performance white LEDs are now widely available thanks to the hybrid of high brightness blue emitters and high efficiency phosphors. Conventional LED lights, which focus LED application on illumination field, are also making inroads into the market of traditional incandescent and fluorescent lights. In spite of facing competition from better-performing lamps, including halogen types and compact fluorescents, certain fluorescent lamps tend to show persistent growth, including compact fluorescent lamps, which will benefit from increasing penetration in the large residential lamp market.
U.S. demand for lamps is forecasted to inch up by 3.1% per year through 2009 to $5.2 billion. The gains will be stimulated by robust nonresidential and non-building construction spending, along with a healthy outlook for the production of lamp-containing manufactured goods like motor vehicles, transportation equipment and electronic products. Moreover, the demands for lamps will be spurred by continued consumer and government focus on energy efficiency, which supports sales of more efficient, and more costly, fluorescent and high intensity discharge (HID) lamps. Filament lamps such as incandescent and halogen types tend to keep to account for slightly more of value demand through 2009. Even under the strong challenge of better-performing lamps, including halogen types and compact fluorescents, Incandescent lamps will maintain the single most commonly used type of lamp as a result of widespread use in residential applications. Halogens will last to erode incandescent lamp market share in both building and automotive applications, marking strong growth through 2009.
Nevertheless, the growing momentum will remain somewhat limited by the highly mature nature of the market while confronting rising competition from alternative lighting technologies such as light emitting diodes (LEDs) and fiber optic lighting systems. In concerning about energy efficiency and longer lifespan, the US government schedules to equip LED at all traffic lights by the end of 2006 so as to save 750 dollars a year each.
Taiwan sees its LED industry grow rapidly over just the last few years to become the second-largest supplier behind Japan, which is forecast to be responsible for almost half of world production at 47%. In fact, Taiwan dominates the global production of InGaAlP HB-LEDs, with more than 80% share, followed by Japan and Mainland China. The overall value of LEDs manufactured in Taiwan is to exceed $1 billion in 2005, accounting for 25% of the global LED market as the second-largest supplier after Japan, according to the Industrial Technology Intelligence Services (ITIS). The output of high-brightness LEDs is nearly $1.6 billion and is predicted to grow to $2.64 billion in 2008. Ultra-brightness LEDs are to make up 22% of the world market by 2008. The LEDs for general illumination will approximate $844 million by 2008, while automobile signage and backlighting occupying more than 60% of the market throughout the forecast period. Forecasts also see the LED market almost doubling from USD 3.2 billion in 2004 to USD 5.6 billion in 2008.
China’s rapid economic growth results in an urgent need for energy, which push the government to aggressively adopt the solid-state lighting as an ultimate energy-efficient solution as 12% of electricity currently goes to lighting. Over the next few years, LEDs will account for 30% of domestic lighting market, aiming to save 58 billion kilowatt-hours per year. So far, the government has invested $725 million in solid-state lighting industry, in part to prepare for the Olympics in Beijing in 2008. In 2004, outdoors decorative lighting makes up for nearly a quarter of the Chinese LED market, in total value of $1.4 billion. China is to produce 65 billion units of HB-LEDs by 2007. The production bases concentrate on mainly in Guangdong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Shandong, Shanghai and Fujian.
ttnet.net - [2006/01/24]
Modern life is often stressful. People prefer to relax themselves by enjoying the home comfort, especially a warm candlelight meals. In the US, about 7 in every 10 households loves to use candles in their house. More designs come in Christmas figurines, musical fruit shapes, scented models, and heat-resistant wax candles with dried flowers squeezed onto the surface. Candles of red, especially natural wax color, is a come-back trend.
Decorative lighting is much a personal choice and down to individual tastes, the importance of getting the right lighting in the right place cannot be overestimated to create a cozy home atmosphere. Lighting designers and manufacturers blend fashion with function to create decorative lamps and fixtures that do more than simply illuminate. Accordingly, it¡¦s not just about ceiling lighting such as chandeliers and recessed lights, but also wall lighting, table and floor lamps in a variety of shapes, mirror lighting, theatrical lighting strips, neon lights, special pieces of art with styles and finishes to transform a room from drab to dramatic with the flick of a switch.
People are accessorizing their homes just like women accessorize a dress. Consumer tend to regard decorative lightings as home-fashion accessories rather than merely lamps for illuminating purpose. They usually purchase new decorative lightings every few years to decorate their houses. Decorative lightings shed light on people¡¦s own design personalities, which are subject to change according to, or, more precisely, harmonizing to surroundings like furniture and interior designs. Popular is informal style. For example, metal and hardwood bases mingle with angular shades in glass, mica or mica-patterned fabric to recreate the clean lines. Lamps made of handcrafted paper function as room dividers. Amorphous shapes are everywhere on products made of high-grade plastic, which are mixed with versatile new materials. In addition, geometrical lines grow beloved by gift designers. Different types of finishes result in styles to any form of lightings. Some popular options are brush nickel, brush chrome, antique bronze, antique stone, brown stone and taupe finish.
Table lamps and floor lamps are available in a wide range styles, catering to decorating needs. An adjustable table lamp intends to offer additional light to the desk and keyboard areas. Portable Lamps provide mobile benefit whenever users want. Small specialty lamps, such as clip-on lights, uplight cans, adjustable task lights, mini-reflector spotlights, desk and piano lamps fill a variety of task and accent light needs. These lamps make use of lighting source such as incandescent, tungsten-halogen, energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs, LEDs, HB (high-brightness) LEDs or even OLEDs (organic LEDs). At the dressing table, an adjustable, lighted magnifying mirror will provide ideal lighting for grooming and applying makeup. In bathroom, it is indispensable to have shadow-free lighting for shaving, grooming, and applying makeup. Now, a new ¡§Intelligent¡¨ lighting systems are designed to be controlled simply through a remote-control device for greater convenience of home life.
Festivals and holidays are best timing for decorative lightings, which makes people feel joyful in these life¡¦s special moments. For festival moods, people decorate their houses with neon lights, tree lights, curtain lights, bulb strings, belt lights, mini bulbs and correlated lights.
With the stream of globalization, Christmas has become an international festival all over the world. In this occasion, all the sundry are giving themselves over to decorate the Christmas with Xmas trees, ornaments and gifts, especially in use of lightings. The latest Xmas trees focus on electronic function, which enables Xmas trees speaking, singing and glittering in concert with colorful light and revolving coincidently. Candles are not only for birthdays, but also for Christmas. The commonly used candles are the long & plain ones for dinner tables, while the floating and cup ones also prevail for quite a long time. Growingly welcome are exotic candles, decorated with flower-shell, featuring magical effect of colorful and transparent presentation as lighted up. Magical candles, above all, is a favorites as the cubic colorful painting of candles presents as floating cloud through candlelight.
Halloween is a festival for children, a festival more charming than Christmas. The growing popularity of Halloween brings forth an increasing amount of holiday-specific products. Pumpkin lamps are most typical ones.