Cree and SemiLEDs Look to Take Advantage of Traditional Lighting Market

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire -05/07/12)- New opportunities have emerged for the LED Industry in commercial and residential lighting. LEDs, which are more energy efficient, are slowly phasing out the use of incandescent bulbs. "LEDs are transforming the whole business model for lighting from one that's based on replacement to one that's based on installation," said Eric Bloom, a senior analyst for Pike Research specializing in smart building technologies. Five Star Equities examines the outlook for companies in the LED Industry and provides equity research on Cree, Inc. (CREE - News) and SemiLEDs Corporation (LEDS - News).

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In some cases LED lighting can last as long as 30 years, "getting in at the get-go is absolutely crucial for the lighting market of the future," Bloom said. The traditional home lighting market is currently worth $12 billion a year, but it is expected to drop to approximately $5 billion as longer lasting, and more energy efficient LEDs take over the market. General Electric, whose founder invented the first light bulb, predicted that by 2020 LEDs will make up between 70 to 80 percent of the general lighting market.

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Cree recently introduced the industry's first LED downlight designed to deliver specification-grade lighting performance with pricing to match the everyday price of incumbent technology fluorescent grade downlights. With initial models designed to replace 18 and 26 watt fluorescent downlights, the KR Series is at least 35 percent more efficient than incumbent fluorescents and is designed to last up to five times longer.

SemiLEDs develops and manufactures LED chips and LED components primarily for general lighting applications, including street lights and commercial, industrial and residential lighting. SemiLEDs sells blue, green and ultraviolet (UV) LED chips under the MvpLED brand. The company recently announced the introduction of the new I-Do LED, an innovative new chip that will be featured in SemiLEDs' ultra-high brightness LED product portfolio.

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