12 September 2011

Optogan launches 60W-replacement LED lamp bulb

European LED chip and luminaire maker Optogan Group has launched its first original domestic LED lamp on the Russian market. The E27 bulb was designed in cooperation with design studio art.lebedev to replace 60W incandescent bulbs.

Founded in Helsinki, Finland in 2004 by Russian entrepreneurs and scientists from Ioffe Institute in St Petersburg, Optogan is a vertically integrated develoer and manufacturer of HB-LEDs for applications including solid-state lighting. In addition to having an R&D facility in Helsinki, since founding Optogan GmbH in Germany in 2005 it has established epitaxy and chip R&D plus a pilot line in Dortmund and, last year, its Fab1 chip fabrication plant in Landshut. Also, after founding CJSC Optogan in Russia in 2009, in May 2010 it acquired an industrial facility in St Petersburg, where it has established LED component and luminaire production lines.

“The vertically integrated manufacturing structure of Optogan allows us to control quality at every stage of production, from the German chip manufacturing to packaging and assembling the final product in St. Petersburg,” says president Maxim Odnoblyudov.

Consisting of German–Russian components, the new light source is claimed to be significantly less expensive than its European counterparts. From September onwards, the first contingent of bulbs is available for 995 Rubles in both Moscow and St. Petersburg. In early 2012 the bulb will be introduced to the global market, when the target price should be about €30.

With a luminous flux of 720lm, the lamp’s power consumption is 11W (about six times lower than that of an incandescent lamp). Its life-span exceeds 50,000 hours (corresponding to 6 years of continuous illumination). Used 3–4 hours per day, the E27 is designed to operate for more than 46 years. LED light sources are not affected by turning them on or off frequently, which does not affect their life as drastically as it does with incandescent, or worse still, fluorescent lamps.

Optogan claims that its E27 solves the problem of light fluctuations (which adversely affects human health when working long-term under artificial lighting), since it provides a smooth, warm-white light (with a correlated color temperature of 3050K). Also, unlike incandescent and fluorescent lamps, it does not contain dangerous substances such as mercury or lead. 

Currently, the market share of LED light sources in Russia is about 5–6%. Experts estimate that by 2015 the share of LEDs in the domestic market will exceed 25%. Global acceptance too is about 3%, but the addition of late adopters is expected to push this up to about 20% by the middle of this decade. Today, strong growth in the LED market is generated by the industrial, administrative and office sector, but a further increase in figures during 2013 via the retail sector is expected, says Optogan.

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