GE Lighting CEO Discusses Future Plans to Enter LED Market
Sep 12, 2011
Though a powerhouse in other sectors, GE Lighting has recently started investing more in its part in the LED market. During a recent press conference with Jaime Irick, president and CEO of GE Lighting Solutions, the company's future lighting plans were revealed to be predominated with solid-state solutions, with other technologies redundant.
The increased focus of GE on the LED market is apparent by the 2.5X increase in R&D employees over the last three years. In Cleveland, 30 LED technologists are researching future optics, thermals components, and electronics, while 90 other LED engineers are experimenting with performance, timing and reliability. A 40W equivalent (450-lm LED lamp) has already been developed and will be used as a model for the following 60W, 75W, and 100W LEDs. "[Customers] were looking for more energy efficient alternatives, even before the legislation was enacted," said Irick.
Irick still expects LEDs to take at least another decade before truly gaining a presence in the general indoor lighting market. Despite this estimate, LED costs have been going down 20% per year with LED introduction rates quickening.
Irick maintains GE is set apart from its LED lighting competitors in its holistic approach to lighting, combining LED module, thermals, optics and drivers to create as efficient an application as possible. In contrast to other more experienced companies, GE will have "the best system integration platform."
Author: Rebecca Milne
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