Samsung getting into consumer LED lighting

first_imgWhen you think of Samsung all sorts of gadgets come to mind like televisions, smartphones, cameras, and laptops. If you know more about the company than the typical US consumer though, you might also think about memory, semiconductors, LCD panels, processors, and solar panels. As of today, you can add consumer LED bulbs to that list.As LED lighting becomes increasingly mainstream Samsung is jumping into the business. The company will extend its expertise with LED usage, as you can see on any number of their LCD television, to lighting your home and office. The move takes place at a time when lighting giants like General Electric and Sylania are starting to really get going with their LED bulbs and startups like Switch Lighting are getting some attention. The market is going to explode in the next few years and it looks like Samsung wants to be a player.Samsung will kick things off with seven bulbs, all of which will be available at Lowe’s home improvement stores. They will range from $17 up to $60, depending on the bulb, brightness, connector type, and usage. The bulb that will be most useful to typical consumers will be the $20 A19 LED bulb (right). It will feature 550 lumen output (so it’s a bit brighter than a 40W incandescent bulb), 10W of power consumption, and unlike some earlier LED bulbs its dimmable. The A19 bulb is rated for 40,000 hours of usage. The color temperature is rated at “warm white” which on other pages Samsung uses to mean 3000K, making it a reasonable replacement for an incandescent bulb.Aside from the A19 there are three other screw-in style bulbs and three plug-style ones. (They looks like GU10/MR16, as opposed to the standard screw-in E26 fitting.) These are essentially PAR directional bulbs (like you would put in track lighting) and then MR bulbs that can go on a track, but also in a enclosed space, like under a cabinet.All of Samsung’s bulbs are putting out between 50 and 64 lumens per watt so they are doing well on the efficiency front and all have a CRI of 80, which is fine but not outstanding.Samsung won’t make any waves with this introduction –they don’t seem to have any advanced technology or techniques to show off just yet — but they have released a series of competitive products and we know they have both access to and a knowledge of LEDs, so some good stuff could come in the future.More at Samsung LED Lightinglast_img

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