Color LED and White LED Market
The market for color RGB LEDs (red, green, blue) is well established, but the market for white LEDs is still growing. Why? Given the industries that still rely on non-LED white lighting, such as TVs, car makers, computer monitors, laptops, and LCD backlights, we can see the driving force behind becoming a leader in white LED manufacturing. Many are surprised that businesses are missing out on the opportunity to generate income that will generate the conversion of homes and businesses to LEDs. Just because replacement white LED bulbs and mods are finally on the market doesn’t mean they should be on your shopping list right away. Simply put, the market for colored and color-changing LEDs is mature. Engineers are still looking for ways to make them brighter and more efficient, but the Holy Grail of the LED industry is to develop mass LED Christmas Lights production of high efficiency, high brightness white LEDs.
From the perspective of another industrial vehicle, it may be easier to think of color LEDs (RGB) and white LEDs. RGB LEDs are like internal combustion engines. Reliable, abundant, easy to use, easy to manufacture, and fairly well developed for new and innovative technology possibilities. There are many manufacturers, each with their own patents and “art of trade”, which helps to leverage marketing to competitors. White LEDs are like an alternative energy industry for transportation. It is fairly diverse but relatively “new”, has not yet been tested on the market, is more expensive and more difficult to manage. There are many manufacturers that use different technologies or combinations of technologies to achieve what they believe to be the “next big thing.” According to this analogy, RGB LEDs are mature enough to compete on cost alone, and lower costs are driving new applications for color LEDs that were previously unthinkable. White LEDs, on the other hand, are still technically developed and should not be purchased on a cost-only basis. The need for quality and longevity drives further research and development of white LEDs.
11 things to keep in mind when deciding to update an LED
There are so many variables to consider that we cannot quickly and easily recommend a transition to white LEDs. To start in the future, consider each light source in each room and determine what its main purpose is. Once that’s done, check the following to determine where each replacement should be placed on your preferred shopping list. Here are some general guidelines to help you decide if LED upgrades are the right option.
1.) Is the lighting in a home where the main resident is elderly or has mobility problems?
If LED replacement provides sufficient light levels, LED alternatives are ideal for home use where safety is paramount. Knowing that a sick person or an elderly person does not need to replace a burnt out light bulb can give you peace of mind.
2.) Is the initial cost the main factor in deciding whether to upgrade?
The current nature of the white LED market means that prices remain relatively high, especially when compared to traditional lighting. Being an early contractor means paying premiums. Are you relieved to know that you were able to pay less than you expected for the same technology?
3.) Is the daylight in bright sunlight or in a very hot place?
Higher heat levels dramatically reduce the life of LEDs, especially white LEDs. When considering LEDs, make sure that sufficient passive cooling is possible in both the device and location to avoid color changes and lifespan issues. This is much more worrisome when considering light bulbs rather than a “total package” of LED fixtures and accessories.
4.) Is it necessary to reduce the heat output of conventional light sources? In bathrooms, washrooms and tight spaces, traditional lighting can cause unpleasant heat. LED lighting is ideal for these areas because it does not generate heat, and by using LEDs to illuminate small, affordable areas, problems are much less.
5.) Is the lighting in an area of harsh service or extreme environmental conditions?
Garage door openers, unheated / refrigerated utility rooms, and outdoor workshops impose extreme demands on luminaires. Vibrations that can break the filament of the bulb and low temperatures that can cause flickering of fluorescent lights do not affect the LED lighting, so these replacements are a fairly easy decision.