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India LED lighting industry calls for specifications

Posted: 09 Jul 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:India LED lighting  executive congress on LED  supply chain 

However, LED lighting has its share of challenges. LED lighting installations require more complicated design spanning optical, thermal and electronics domains. LED lamps continue to be quite expensive compared to conventional lamps thus hindering penetration in the price sensitive Indian market. Further, the advent of cheaper LED lamps from countries such as China and Taiwan, which account for a key portion of the unorganised market in the country, has also hindered the penetration of multinational brands in the Indian market. Most LED suppliers are confident that LED lighting is expected to grow significantly in the future cannibalizing on traditional lighting technologies but its penetration largely depends on how affordable LED lighting products become to Indian consumers in the future.

The event also included speakers from various segments of the industry

Nilesh Naik, Product Marketing and Business Development, Philips Electronics India Limited, provided an analogy for LED lighting evolution in the transition from analogue to digitisation of various consumer products. He spoke about the advantages and benefits ushered by LED to lighting applications by virtue of it being a semiconductor. He highlighted that semiconductor technology shall open hitherto unimagined possibilities for lighting and hence become very important.

Discussing the critical challenges to LED lighting adoption, Naik provided a reality check on some of the misrepresentations of LED lighting found prevalent in the industry today and reiterated the need to correct them as it could potential harm the interests of the entire industry.

Vijay Kolaventy, executive director, Hyperion Green Energy India Pvt Ltd. spoke about his project with LED light used for street lighting in Rajahmundry, A.P. where they have provided 7000 street lights. They see a prospect of 160,00,000 LED street lights in about 2881 Urban Local Bodies (ULB's) thus turning in a revenue of Rs.4500 crores.

He drew the focus on the action required by the various stakeholders in the industry where the government will play the most important role. He recommended that the Urban Local Bodies (ULB) who can be responsible for the most saving on their own cannot afford to purchase and retrofit street light. They need help to garner huge investments to use LED's in their projects and also require incentives to use LED's in their projects. The ESCO & financial institution can play an important part in this as they can provide low cost funding to the manufacturer's of LED for the industry to sustain and grow. Their funding should ensure that the cost of LED comes down so that customers say yes to this new technology and thus the manufacturers are able to deliver what they promise.

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