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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Samsung brings LED retrofit lamps to US market

Samsung Electronics is now offering LED lamps in the US, which are available through the retail store Lowe’s, while Toshiba has introduced two omnidirectional A19 lamps.
Samsung Electronics America (SEA), Inc., based in Ridgefield Park, NJ, has announced the availability of the company’s first LED lamps for the US consumer market. In related news, Toshiba has introduced two omnidirectional A19 retrofit lamps that feature a traditional bulb design and are designed to Energy-Star specifications.

Samsung’s LED line
Samsung announced its intention to bring LED lamps to the US market back in May 2011 at Lightfair, where it showed several retrofit lamps, but the products are now available. Samsung’s initial product line includes A19, PAR20/30/38 and MR16 lamps, which are available from Lowe’s, the home-improvement retail chain, via its website and at selected stores.
Samsung’s directional A19 LED lamp.
Samsung’s line of retrofit lamps includes a directional 550 lm (40W-equivalent) A19 lamp priced at $19.98 as well as PAR20, PAR30 and PAR38 lamps with 400-lm, 890-lm and 1100-lm outputs and prices of $27.98, $49.98 and $59.98, respectively.

The PAR lamps, suitable for track and recessed lighting, feature variable beam angle of 20-40 degrees and an estimated 40,000-hour lifetime, or 20X longer than that of the equivalent halogen bulbs. All these lamps feature a CCT of 3000K and CTI of 80.

The MR16s, suitable for track, recessed and vanity lighting, are offered in two base types and with CCT of 2700K or 3000K, and estimated lifetimes of 30,000 hr (35W halogen equivalent at $29.98) or 40,000 hr (20W halogen equivalent at $16.98 and $21.98).

The seven products are dimmable, with efficacies varying between 50 lm/W and 64 lm/W depending on the lamp.

“Using the same digital expertise that brings true-to-life depth and crispness to Samsung’s latest LED TVs, we are now bringing light with true-to-nature tones to any room in the home, any time of the day,” said Kevin Dexter, Samsung’s senior vice president of Home Appliances.