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Global Average Retail Prices of 40W LED Bulbs Downs 0.9%, LEDinside Reports

Published: Oct 13,2015

The LED market conditions have been fairly challenging for manufacturers in 2015 with notable price declines throughout July to August, but improving market conditions in September has slowed down price drops of certain LED bulb products, according to a latest report from LEDinside, a division of TrendForce.

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LEDinside noted that global average retail prices of 40W LED bulbs were down 0.9% to US $10.8, while 60W LED bulbs average retail prices slid 2.4% to US $14.5.

“Compared to the sharp price falls observed in July and August 2015, the recovering LED market in September has eased LED bulb and package price drop,” said Allen Yu, an analyst of LEDinside.

Among mid power LED package products, price adjustments in low power 5630 LED packages was most evident in September, with prices marked down by 6.79%. Leading international LED package brands including Lumileds, Samsung, Seoul Semiconductor and LG Innotek have all lowered product prices. In the short term, it will be difficult for the market to break free from anemic market conditions. Chinese LED package manufacturers overall production utilization rates remained low, and most face oversupply issues that has led to the continual pricing downtrend.

In the U.S. 40W equiv. LED bulb prices dropped 2.2% in September. Bulb prices stabilized after sharp price declines throughout July and August, but some manufacturers have continued to promote LED bulb package deals. For instance, prices of Cree’s four 6W LED bulb packed package (which has 450 lumens (lm) output) plunged 17.7% from US $27 to US$ 22.22. The four-packed Cree LED bulb prices have been slashed more than 40% since July 2015.

Across the globe, LED bulb prices in Germany declined the most by 2.8%. Majority of product prices dropped with the exception of a small number of products in the market. LGE’s 7.5W LED bulb with 450 lm output prices were halved to US $2.99. Product prices declined in many regional markets including UK where bulb prices were down 1.6%. In Asia bulb prices dropped 0.3% in China, slid down 1.5% in Taiwan, and was down 0.7% in Korea. Japan was the only country where LED bulb prices climbed up 2.4%.

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