08 Jun '11, 7pm

Can China Take Over LEDs? SunSun Makes its Case: A few months ago, I asked an executive from a Chinese manufac...

Can China Take Over LEDs? SunSun Makes its Case: A few months ago, I asked an executive from a Chinese manufac...

photo "lightpainting" by twicepix via Creative Commons A few months ago, I asked an executive from a Chinese manufacturer of LED streetlights what made his fast-growing company different from the thousands of lighting fixture makers popping up all over the country. Simple, he said. He bought his LEDs—the chips inside the street lamps that actually produce light--from Cree, the North Carolina-based chip maker. While China has colonized solar and pretty much every other heavy industry, the country still lags, according to many, when it comes to solid state lighting. Simply put, Chinese LEDs, and lights made with Chinese LEDs, don’t have a great reputation. Chinese LEDs and bulbs costs less, but anecdotes and word-of-mouth comments often tend to focus on inadequate light output, poor color rendering and other issues. Part of the problem comes from the complexity of making sol...

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