LEDinside: LED bulb price dipped sharply in January

LEDinside: LED bulb price dipped sharply in January

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By eeNews Europe

LEDinside states that the ASP of 40W replacement products fell nearly 7% in January; South Korea still held the most competitive ASP at US$10.4, dipping 13% with the lowest price at US$8.2. On the other hand, the ASP in Japan merely fell by 1%, unable to maintain a sharp downtrend in 4Q11. Due to the Japanese Yen appreciation, the price fall appears modest after conversion to US dollar. Moreover, LED bulb prices in Japan has undergone a sharp drop before, so there is little room for the prices to fall. The price in the United Kingdom fell by approximately 9%; with more new products entering the market, while 40W replacement products’ prices have dropped below US$30. The price in the United States dropped by 6% in 12’Jan.

As for the 60W equivalent LED light bulb, the ASP in 12’Jan fell by about 4%; the prices in most areas remained above US$30, with the only exception in South Korea at US$17.3. According to LEDinside’s research, on account of the high technology barriers of thermal dissipation, 60W replacement products are relatively few in the market, but recently there is a trend of  more new products being released in Japan and the United States.

The market reserarcher indicates that as opposed to 4Q11, it was the price of 40W equivalent LED bulb that experienced more drastic price drop in 1Q12. Aside from South Korea, the 40W equivalent LED bulb’s prices in North America and the UK have been sliding toward US$10. The lowest prices in most areas are expected to fall below US$10 in 2H12.

At present, the major brand vendors, in particular, South Korean vendors are actively participating in the price war and lowering prices for their products, launching 40W and 60W replacement products with significantly lower prices. The world-wide ASP of LED light bulbs has been in a strong downtrend; it is only a matter of time that the LED light bulbs become affordable to most consumers. South Korean makers’ LED chip prices are lower than those of other manufacturers, and the same goes for their LED light bulb prices, which suggests that the South Korean government and the makers are taking a highly aggressive strategy to secure their leading position in the LED industry.

Prices aside, technologies and specifications such as brightness and color temperature are equally crucial. It is expected that the manufacturers will focus more on improving their products’ quality and specifications, and not just on releasing new products with lower prices.

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