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LED lighting energizes power supply market

Posted: 06 Mar 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:power supply market? LED lighting? luminaire?

According to IMS Research's latest report titled "Opportunities for Power Components in LED Lighting," the worldwide market for power supplies used in LED lighting is expected to reach $10 billion in 2016. The report revealed that rapid uptake of LED lighting will be driven by legislation and rising costs of electricity, resulting in a potential market of four billion power supply units in the same year.

"Demand for LED lighting solutions is increasing rapidly for all applications from low-power residential retrofit LED lamps and bulbs to high-power commercial and industrial LED luminaires for applications such as street lighting," stated Ryan Sanderson senior market analyst at IMS. In addition to the well-established traditional lamp and luminaire market, the report also found that makers are faced with new challenges when it comes to powering LED lamps and luminaires and often require significant power electronics expertise, which opens up opportunities for power supply manufacturers.

The requirements to power new LED lighting products varies widely, depending on design factors including power rating, the number of LEDs or LED strings and the environment in which the solution will be placed. "These design requirements, coupled with the lack of clear standards for LED lighting means that LED lamp and luminaire manufacturers need considerable power electronics expertise, either via employing specialists or from a merchant power supply manufacturer," continued Sanderson.

The market report found that LED lighting would become a unique opportunity, despite the fact that general lighting has always been a relatively small and low-growth market for the power supply industry. Competition in lighting, however, is already fierce and some of the largest manufacturers of LED lamps and luminaires are positioning themselves to cope with these challenges internally.

"Some of the largest manufacturers of LED lamps and luminaires already have the capability to design and manufacture power circuitry in-house, either via subsidiaries or through the acquisition of power supply manufacturers. Philips Advance is a prime example," noted Jonathon Eykyn, market analyst at IMS. This means that a portion of the total power supply opportunity is absorbed by these vertically integrated companies and becomes "captive."

"Designing and manufacturing the power solution in-house, however, only really makes sense in high-volume, low-cost markets and where the design is simple, for example, LED retrofit lamps. In medium and high-power applications, design becomes more complex and it often makes more financial sense to outsource the power supply design to a merchant vendor," added Eykyn. As a result, the report from IMS forecasts that more than 50 percent of the market in 2016 will be controlled merchant power supply manufacturers.

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