LED economy 2
Shanghai, 24th January 2010
My blogs are inspired by daily events related to lighting, generally things that I experience on the day to make it as actual and real as possible. Sometimes there is more than one thing I want to talk about. Two blog entries ago (“LED economy”) I wrote about the geographical or should I say demographical use and application of LED. But the thought was actually triggered by a news article about the cost of LED. I did not read that in a professional magazine, no, in a main stream daily news paper! The Shanghai Daily to be exact. The article reported back in the business section on a recent international energy conservation seminar in which it was expected that the cost of LED would decrease 20% over the next 3-5 years and set to drop further to as much as 80% due to its growing world wide use. I would say that is much in line with our own professional expectation. Likewise we know that performance will steadily increase as well.
It shows that LED lighting has now really become main stream knowledge (certainly as part of the whole world discussion on energy conservation), though probably more as a buzz word rather than exactly knowing what it stands for.
My fear is that without proper public education and awareness LED may be viewed more and more as the “magic pill” to use for solve all you energy and carbon footprint problems in lighting. While LED certainly does provide many opportunities to do so, we should still be very careful in its application. Like fiber optics a decade or so ago we run the risk that inappropriate use and inadequate quality of the LED lighting systems create disappointment with a bad name and image as a result.