8 February 2018
Prices of high-power ceramic-substrate and mid-power 3030 packaged LEDs in China down slightly in January
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Some high-power ceramic-substrate LED and mid-power 3030 packaged LED products on the China market both saw a slight price drop in January as suppliers were trying to clear inventory at the year end, notes market research firm LEDinside (a division of TrendForce).
With new products released and more promotions, the prices of mid-power 3030 package products may be lowered further after the Chinese New Year, says analyst Terri Wang. On the other hand, the market share of high-power LED products is shrinking and current orders come mainly from existing customers, so overall prices in the high-power segment are expected to remain stable in the future. Manufacturers will rely on product performance upgrades and efficiency improvement to maintain market share, it is reckoned.
In addition, under the increasingly fierce competition in the packaged LED market for lighting products, major international manufacturers are continuing their efforts in the automotive LED market. The use of LEDs in headlamps has proliferated: Osram, Nichia and Seoul Semiconductor have all introduced single-chip LEDs for low-beam applications. Currently, headlamp products available on the market use mostly two single-chip LEDs for low beam, and one 4-chip or 5-chip LED for high beam. Some products use three or four single-chip LEDs for low beam. Single-chip automotive LEDs are usually 1-5W, with minimum luminous flux of 80-300lm, notes LEDinside.