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Lightfair 2010: Philips, Cree, Toshiba, and Sharp Unveil Energy-Efficient LED Lighting

Some of the industry’s leading lighting manufacturers including Philips, Cree, Toshiba and Sharp are showcasing their latest and greatest products at Lightfair International 2010 tradeshow in Las Vegas, aimed at energy savings for both new construction and retrofit projects. Bridgelux and Molex earned the Most Innovative Product of the Year Award at this year’s annual architectural and commercial lighting tradeshow for the Helieon sustainable light module.

Here is a selection of products launched at the show.

Royal Philips Electronics says it has developed the world’s first LED replacement for a 60-watt incandescent light bulb. With the introduction of the 12-watt EnduraLED light bulb, customers now have an LED alternative for the most commonly used incandescent bulb, which will deliver up to an 80 percent energy savings, while lasting 25 times longer, says Philips.

The 12-watt EnduraLED exceeds the Energy Star specifications for a 60-watt bulb, and delivers an industry benchmark of 806 lumens, says Philips. In addition, the use of a new design and remote phosphor technology delivers the same soft white light and shape consumers are familiar with in an incandescent and it will work with standard dimmers. The EnduraLED will be available in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Cree announced that its new 6-inch LED downlight, specifically designed for residential and light commercial use, will be available in late May. The Cree CR6, designed for both new construction and retrofits, is expected to retail for less $60.

The CR6 is Energy Star-qualified, and at up to 64 lumens per watt, it offers the highest luminaire efficacy of any residential Energy Star-qualified downlight, according to the company. The CR6 is a direct replacement for a 65 -watt, 6-inch incandescent downlight and is dimmable to 5 percent with most standard incandescent dimmers. The light delivers 575 lumens using only 10.5 watts, and is rated for 50,000 hours with a 5-year warranty.

Toshiba officially entered the North American lighting market with the launch of the E-Core LED product line, consisting of lamps and a high-efficiency LED downlight fixture line. The lamp line, which includes six reflector lamps in three colors and two A19 bulbs in two colors, features high brightness and energy efficiency in compact designs. The downlight line includes six models available in four colors, in which the brightest model reaches a luminous flux of 1250 lumens.

Toshiba is also demonstrating several technology prototypes including LED bulbs with a 1690 lumens performance and a 260-degree lighting angle, and GX53 self-contained round units with a total luminous flux of 2000 lumens. Other prototypes feature surface-mount ceiling lights that integrate a high-efficiency LED and a power circuit that produces 120 lm/W, and LED flood lights that can light up tall buildings and bridges with the same central luminosity as metal halide lamps.

Similarly, Sharp made its official debut in the U.S. LED lighting market at Lightfair with the U.S. launch of its commercial/industrial PAR38 lamps in both warm white and cool white, each with two brightness levels. Available in May, these products will be followed by the availability of the PAR30 lamps this summer. These lamps can be used to retrofit existing sockets, offering a power consumption reduction of approximately 80 percent compared to standard halogen lamps.

In the fall, Sharp will introduce A19 lamps as well as solar-powered walkway lighting and dimmable/color changing remote-controlled LED lamps.

Lighting Science Group says it has introduced an affordable commercial LED lighting product, called Factor 4, housed in a highly efficient 7 x 7 x 3-inch form factor that is a quarter of the size and weight (8 lbs.) of conventional lighting products. According to the company, the Factor 4 luminaire is 75 percent more efficient than conventional lighting technology. It also offers an optional built-in WiFi/mesh network capability.

Lighting Science Group also launched its Curb to Door (C2D) and Traditional series of LED infrastructure luminaries, which the company touts as offering the “best lumens per watt per dollar package.” Both series offer up to 70 percent more efficiency than traditional light sources.

The C2D luminaries, with a flexible modular optical design, offer a light output of up to 40,000 lumens. These can be used to light parking garages and lots, pathways, sidewalks, building exteriors, warehouses and manufacturing facilities.

Aimed at both residential and commercial applications, the Traditional family luminaires feature a robust thermal management system to maximize LED life.

The company also introduced an affordable retrofit LED lamp line with a suggested retail price starting below $20.

Bridgelux and Molex received the Most Innovative Product of the Year Award at the tradeshow for the Helieon sustainable light module out of a field of nearly 200 submissions. It also won in the category of “specialty lamps.”

Helieon is an LED light source that turns and locks into place, emulating traditional lighting sockets and allowing users to alter beam angle, color temperature or light output without removing or replacing the luminaire. It combines Bridgelux’s solid-state lighting technology with Molex’s easy-to-use interconnect technology.

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