The global LED lighting headlines you need to know this week for your business decisions.
California Proposes New Regulations for LED Lamps
The California Energy Commission (CEC) has announced a proposal for new energy regulations related to both small-diameter directional LED lamps and omnidirectional lamps in a variety of form factors. Under the new rules, MR16 and other small-diameter directional lamps will get heightened efficacy requirements while omnidirectional lamps will get new beam-distribution guidelines, and standby power limits for smart lamps. For both types of LED lamps, the CEC plans to offer the option of lower efficacy for high-CRI products.
The CEC is pursuing the new regulations because of the significant potential for energy savings with the transition to LED-based lighting. In particular, the agency noted that there are 16 million small-diameter (2.25-in. or less) directional lamps installed in California with an additional 2 million projected for installation by 2029. And most are in commercial settings such as retail and hospitality, operating for long hours each day. The agency said the new rules would result in savings of 3000 GWh of energy annually by 2029, or enough to power 400,000 average homes.
Source: LEDs Magazine
India's Monthly LED Lamp Production Surges 30 Times
Monthly LED production in India has surged almost 30 times over the past year amid surging demand stimulated by the Indian government’s energy efficient purchasing scheme. The state-owned Energy Efficiency Services coordinated the energy efficient programs, as the country looks to reduce its energy consumption. The government revised and raised its investment in energy efficient electrical equipment from INR 740 billion (US $11.23 billion) six years ago to INR 1.5 trillion, following the success from its LED lamp distribution program, said Saurabh Kumar, Managing Director, EESl. About INR 350 billion of this budget is allocated to energy efficient lighting and street lighting.
Major lighting players including Philips, Havells and Compact have raised LED production. The report projected these expansion projects would drive 7W LED prices to INR 73 per unit against INR 310 a few months ago. About 20% of LED tenders are reserved for small firms, which are expected to raise their capacity. The Indian government aims to conserve 8.5 million Kwh of electricity consumption per day or 15,000 tonnes of CO2 by replacing 770 million traditional bulbs and CFLs with LEDs nationwide, and 35 million streetlights in the next three years.
Source: LED Inside
Researchers Create Cheaper and Brighter LED
Researchers at Florida State University have developed a new type of light-emitting diode, or LED that could lead to cheaper, brighter and mass-produced lights and displays in the future. The researchers used an organic-inorganic hybrid form of the material perovskites to build the highly functioning LED.
Perovskites are any materials with the same type of crystal structure as calcium titanium oxide. Other researchers experimented with perovskites to build LEDs in the past but could not build particularly effective ones. The researchers believed this organic-inorganic hybrid could perform better, if the formula could be appropriately tweaked. The material glowed exceptionally bright. It is measured at about 10,000 candelas per square metre at a driving voltage of 12V. Candelas are the unit of measurement for luminescence. It was also quick and easy to produce. The researchers said they can produce the material in about an hour in the lab and have a full device created and tested in about half a day.