“LED manufacturers have continued to clear their inventories in December due to the weak demand at the year end, which lowered the prices in the general lighting market”, says LEDinside analyst Terri Wang. The average prices of high- and mid-power LED package products slid 2%~4% and 1%~8% respectively.
Faced with the sluggish demand, LED packaging companies continue to explore niche markets, with horticultural lighting, human centric lighting, and connected lighting being the focus. For instance, Lumileds has released the LUXEON SunPlus 2835 LED series for horticultural lighting, with eight color options and customized spectrum available. Samsung has also launched a new product series for horticultural lighting, including full-spectrum packages and modules. Blue light, red light, and infrared LEDs are available, and the products have been mass produced. For the future, Samsung plans to integrate smart sensing or connected solutions to horticultural lighting LED products. Nichia introduces COB, a new human centric lighting product series, which can be used for commercial lighting like retailing stores. The color temperature can change according to the features of products displayed, or according to users’ biological clock when used for home lighting.