LED chip demand to approach 61B this year
According to the latest forecast from NPD DisplaySearch, the total shipments of LED chips are on the rise with global LED lighting chip sales that hit $1.1 billion in 2013 now forecast to reach $3.4 billion in 2017. The market analytics firm stated that although demand for LED chips for backlight applications in display screens is seen to decline, LED lighting sales are on the rise.
Measured in standard units of 500 x 500 micron chip size, overall LED chip demand is expected to grow from 17 billion in 2012 to 61 billion in 2014. While consumer demand for LED lighting will continue to increase in the coming years, the demand for LED backlight chips for TVs and other display applications will start to decline after 2014.
Demand from backlights is falling, due to a combination of slower growth in LED-backlit LCD TV sales and efficiency increases that have resulted in a reduction in chips used per backlight. LED backlight chip sales reached $2 billion in 2013, but are forecast to decrease to $1.4 billion in 2017. By comparison, the consumer demand for LED lighting has increased since 2012 and is expected to keep growing through 2017.
"LED market observers have been expecting huge growth in the LED lighting market for a long time, and its finally here," said Steven Sher, LED backlight and lighting analyst for NPD DisplaySearch. "Significant growth in consumer lighting is helping to keep the LED market on an upward trajectory, even with ongoing declines in backlight demand."
As costs fall for LED fluorescent tubes, they continue to replace traditional fluorescent lighting, especially in certain offices and garages, where lighting is required on a 24-hour basis. Currently the LED tube is the most popular LED lighting product, according to NPD DisplaySearch, because unlike traditional fluorescent lighting, LED tubes do not contain mercury, are 50 per cent more energy efficient, and boast a longer lifespan.
- Paul Buckley
EE Times Europe
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