Cost is the name of the game with LEDs, but most of the time, the focus is entirely on the package. We evaluated the opportunity for cost reduction through materials and technology innovation in the balance of system, including thermal management, drivers, and optics. We find that today's technology solutions fall short of the dramatic cost reductions needed to mirror the LED package and alternate solutions are ineffective and uneconomical - presenting opportunities for technology innovation.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
LED Package Costs Fall Fastest, Shifting the Value and Need for Cost Reduction to the Balance of System
LEDs are Poised to Impact General Illumination, but Still Need to Improve to Compete
LED Package Influences Requirements for Thermal Management, Drivers, and Optics
There are Four Primary Types of LEDs
Beyond the Package, Thermal Management, Drivers, and Optics Take Center Stage
Effective Thermal Management is Essential to Improve Performance and Lower Costs
Drivers are the Heart of LED Circuitry
Secondary Optics Play a Dual Role, as They Need to be Both Functional and Aesthetic
The Industry has Focused on the Package, but Balance of Systems Innovations are Rising
As Package Costs Fall due to Increases in Light Output, Thermal Management and Drivers Come to the Forefront of Cost Reduction Needs in LEDs
The Package Falls Drastically to 19% of Overall Costs by 2020, Shifting Percentage Value to the Balance of System
Thermal Management will Remain a Critical and Under- addressed Component of Costs
Cost Reduction Potential in Drivers Disappoints, Delivering a High Portion of Overall Costs
There is a Need for Innovation in Optics Technologies to Increase Performance and Drive Down Costs
Active Heat Sinks, Dimmable Drivers, and Reflectors Combine to Give 9% Savings in 2020
Cheaper, Brighter, Cooler: The Need for Cost Reduction Past the Package published by Lux Research in June 17, 2012. This report consists of Pages: 23 and the price starts from US $ 3500.
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