New Affordable, Slim Style LED Lightbulb from Philips Coming Soon
If you haven’t made the jump from incandescent bulbs to LEDs, maybe you’ll change your mind when you see this innovative slim style LED bulb from Philips. For many people, the cost of LED bulbs currently on the market is a deterrent in making the switch, despite savings over the long-life of the bulb. Well Philips seems to have solved this and more.
The sleek new bulb produces 800 lumens using 10.5W, making it a 60W equivalent model with a 76 lumens-per-watt efficiency. It is rated for 25,000 hours of life, is dimmable, and projects light in an omnidirectional pattern despite the strange shape. The CRI rating is 80 and color temp is 2700K.
Wondering when you can get it? Sources say it will be on sale exclusively (at first) at Home Depot (where it will outsell CREE bulbs 5:1) beginning January 2, 2014. The best part, aside from the cool design and huge efficiency savings of course, is the cost. Right now it’s looking like it will be under $10 with the potential to decrease in price as more people make the switch and economies of scale are reached. So go ahead. Make the jump to LEDs this New Year and tell your friends and family to do the same.
You should stop beating your wife.
The January 2nd release date isn’t just important because it’s soon, it’s also the start of 2014 which means that EISA (the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007) will have officially phased out 60W and 40W incandescent bulbs. At that point 60W-equivalent LED offerings won’t just be the best option available, they’ll be much closer to being the only game in town.
I’ve been testing the SlimStyle for some time now and I have to say that I’m pretty impressed. The bulb is impressively engineered, extremely light, very compact, and it just plain looks cool. The light quality is fine, well into what I would consider the acceptable range for the home. In fact I’ve been using the SlimStyle in my living room without a shade, just to get a feel for it. Philips’ early spec sheet didn’t note the color temperature, but it looks to be about 3000K to me, but it’s 2700K, and the lighting pattern is omnidirectional enough to suit my purposes.
As you can probably tell, I haven’t been overly analytical with this lamp just yet — I haven’t even taken it apart. I’ve spent my time simply using it, testing how this strange-looking bulb adapts to normal situations. You probably won’t be shocked to learn that it does its job, just like any quality LED bulb should. I haven’t found that it gets terribly hot or that it’s lost any brightness, so it seems like Philips was truly able to pull off the heat sink-free design.
Before SlimStyle goes on sale on January 2nd we should have more details on pricing and how Philips was able to deliver a LED lamp that offers solid performance, a great design, and — very possibly — a highly competitive price.
buggereddave == daviddouche == thug_sal == michbachmanntart == david deserres
same CREEpy management thug, different monikers
December 09, 2013 // Paul Buckley
GaN-on-silicon LEDs to grow market share to 40 percent by 2020
The penetration of gallium nitride-on-silicon (GaN-on-Si) wafers into the light-emitting diode (LED) market is forecast to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 69 percent from 2013 to 2020 according to a new report released by market intelligence analyst IHS Inc.
By 2020 GaN-on-Si wafers will account for 40 percent of all GaN LEDs manufactured,
In 2013, 95 percent of GaN LEDs will be manufactured on sapphire wafers, while only one percent will be manufactured on silicon wafers. The growth in the manufacturing of GaN-on-Si LEDs between 2013 and 2020 will take market share from both sapphire and silicon carbide wafers.
“Manufacturing large ingots made from sapphire is difficult, whereas silicon wafers are available from 8 inches up to 12 inches and are generally cheaper and more abundant,” said Dkins Cho, senior analyst for lighting and LEDs at IHS. “There is a large pre-existing industry for silicon-based manufacturing that is leveraged to create economies of scale and reduce the cost of an LED.”
Repurposing manufacturing facilities to accommodate the shift toward GaN-on-Si LEDs is generally accepted to require minimal investment. Companies that previously manufactured CMOS semiconductors already own legacy 8-inch CMOS fabrication units that can be converted for LED production with a small modification. The companies already have in-house expertise and technology associated with silicon-based processes.
“Many of the CMOS semiconductor manufacturers already have excellent inspection tools, unlike traditional LED companies,” Cho said. “This could help increase their process yield through in-situ monitoring. However, it is unlikely the repurposing will happen overnight; instead we forecast a shift during the coming years.”
Digitimes Research: LED bulb average prices in Japan fall in October
Jessie Lin, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei [Thursday 14 November 2013]
Average retail prices for LED light bulbs equivalent to 40W and 60W incandescent ones in the Japan market stood at JPY1,717 (US$17.2) and JPY2,468 respectively in October, slipping on month by 3.2% and 3.7% respectively, according to Digitimes Research.
October average retail prices for 40W- and 60W-equivalent LED light bulbs in other markets are as follows: US$21.40 (up 1.9% on month) and US$24 (down 10.1%) in the US; EUR14 (US$18.70, down 3.4%) and EUR17.60 (down 0.6%) in Europe; KRW15,157 (US$14.1, up 3.1%) and KRW15,685 (up 5%) in Korea, Digitimes Research indicated.
In the China market, October average retail price for 7W LED light bulbs stood at CNY43.8 (US$7.2, up 1.9%) and CNY55.4 (down 0.4%) for 9W ones.
LG 40W-equivalent LED light bulbs and Samsung 60W-equivalent models for sale in the US market had the highest average lumen-price ratio of 77.6lm/US$ and 72.7lm/US$ respectively in October. In terms of luminous efficiency, Sharp 40W-equivalent LED light bulbs and Toshiba 60W-equivalent models available in the Japan market had the highest average level of 75.6lm/W and 92.5lm/W respectively.
Global LED lighting penetration estimated at 20% in 2013, 30% in 2014, says Everlight
Julian Ho, Taipei; Adam Hwang, DIGITIMES [Tuesday 17 December 2013]
LED lighting as a percentage of all types of lighting in the global market is expected to reach 20% in 2013, and the penetration is likely to rise to 30% in 2014, according to Taiwan-based LED packaging house Everlight Electronics.
Everlight has been setting up retail channels for marketing own-brand LED lighting products in Taiwan and China, with revenue contribution to begin in 2014, the company indicated. As retail prices for LED light bulbs keep falling, international vendors are expected to release OEM orders to Taiwan-based makers, Everlight said.
Epistar, the largest Taiwan-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker, has 70% of consolidated revenues coming from blue-light LED chips and 30% from red-light AlGaInP chips, the company indicated. Red-light LED chips are mainly used in signage boards and outdoor display panels, and blue-light LED chips in backlighting and lighting, Epistar noted. The company expects fourth-quarter 2013 consolidated revenues to be flat or slightly increase sequentially.
Harvatek, another Taiwan-based LED packaging house, has 30% of consolidated revenues coming from LED lighting, 15% from backlighting and 40% from SMD LED devices. The company saw operation swing from net losses for seven consecutive quarters into net EPS of NT$0.25 for the third quarter of 2013.
Your wife's calling for you to beat her up again! Why does she call you Daddy, anyway?
It would be great if somehow sec could find manipulation of cree stock... but that's dreaming.
To: Ron who wrote (6305) 8/22/2002 9:37:20 AM
From: John Carragher of 9623
Market manipulation is a deliberate attempt to interfere with the free and fair operation of the market and create artificial, false or misleading appearances with respect to the price of, or market for, a security, commodity or currency. Market manipulation is prohibited in the United States under Section 9(a)(2) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and in Australia under Section s 1041A of the Corporations Act 2001. The Act defines market manipulation as transactions which create an artificial price or maintain an artificial price for a tradeable security. Market manipulation is also prohibited for wholesale electricity markets under Section 222 of the Federal Power Act and wholesale natural gas markets under Section 4A of the Natural Gas Act.
Here’s what I have learned over the years with the more informed wealthier bunch of traders such as hedge funds, institutions and big brokerage firms. When they have some kind of information that is not public and they think it can move the stock, they are not going to tell the public. They are going to act on it themselves and when they do they usually go into the options market because of the leverage they get with options.
When these players come into the options market with information that they believe can move the stock, they come in large size making directional trades that will pay off big for them if they are correct. Because I have studied this for many years and have witnessed this kind of blatant stock market manipulation time and time again, I developed a system on being able to pick up this kind of activity in the stock options market. The problem is that most traders do not have access to this kind of information or even aware that this even happens.
Stock Market Manipulation – How Big Brokerage Firms Trick You!
by Joshua Belanger
Stock Market manipulation is part of the stock trading world. What do I mean? Well, this is a zero sum game and everyone can not and will not be a winner. The winners are usually the more informed wealthier bunch of traders such as hedge funds, institutions and big brokerage firms such as Goldman Sachs.
Every morning the big brokerage firms push out to their clients a few companies stocks that they have upgraded, downgraded, reiterated coverage or changed their price target.
Many retail clients pay too much attention to these recommendations and get caught holding the bag on losing trades, because they buy into the theory that this firm upgraded shares and that it will come back.
The unfortunate thing is that those that get caught holding the bag are typically the retail crowd. They are holding the stock in their account “believing” what the firm pushed while the brokerage is likely on the other side of the trade.
Cree Inc. (NDAQ:CREE) is a perfect example of stock market manipulation after seeing a mid day upgrade a few hours before an earnings release On January 19, 2011.
Early in the morning in my live chat room I cited put option buyers come into the February $60 put strike paying $2.32 per contract. This is a directional trade that shares will move lower, which would have those puts increase in value. The next day after earnings, those same put contracts were trading at $6.90 per contract or over 200% profit. Some could think that this was just a lucky trader, but my theory is that this was likely an “informed” trader knowing what the news was before the rest.
BEIJING, China -- China on Saturday successfully carried out the world's first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades, state media said, the next stage in an ambitious space program that aims to eventually put a Chinese astronaut on the moon.
The unmanned Chang'e 3 lander, named after a mythical Chinese goddess of the moon, touched down on Earth's nearest neighbor following a 12-minute landing process.
The probe carried a six-wheeled moon rover called "Yutu," or "Jade Rabbit," the goddess' pet. After landing Saturday evening on a fairly flat, Earth-facing part of the moon, the rover was slated to separate from the Chang'e eight hours later and embark on a three-month scientific exploration.
China's space program is an enormous source of pride for the country, the third to carry out a lunar soft landing - which does not damage the craft and the equipment it carries - after the United States and the former Soviet Union. The last one was by the Soviet Union in 1976.