Asia pushes for large scale LED adoption

Asian governments want to use environmentally friendly lighting while major firms attempt to drive down the price of the relatively expensive technology.

Governments in South Korea, China and Taiwan are all gearing up to increase the development and usage of LED lighting over the next year.

Korea is planning to replace some of its 2.7 million street lamps with LEDs, according to DigiTimes, while Taiwan wants to put LED lighting into 19,000 street lamps. China is thought to be about to announce an LED subsidy programme.

Japan has already been promoting the use of LEDs following the earthquake earlier this year.  This has involved many offices factories and businesses installing the technology. 

The technology is relatively expensive to put in place as well as to maintain and has not yet become commonplace.  

There is much optimism that LED lighting could soon become ubiquitous  with many companies working to create more viable products both for large scale and domestic use.  And while the initial outlay may be more expensive than conventional lighting this can be recouped by energy savings in the longer term.

Big name brands such as Samsung and LG are also hoping to make inroads into the LED lighting industry with the launch of their own 60W bulbs aimed at the consumer market.

The South Korean firms have received government backing to attempt to position themselves as world leaders in the market, according to CENS.  

Samsung and LG will offer bulbs at a lower price bracket, flogging the energy saving bulbs for between $10-12 while others moving into the market such as LSG in the US aim for $15.

All of which is rather worrying for Taiwanese firms all making money from LEDs as the might of Samsung begins to cast a shadow. 

But with the LED market expected to grow at an impressive rate until the end of the decade it is little surprise that the big-name brands are starting to get more involved.