JST's mission is to accelerate the consumer adoption of LED lighting, by developing high-performance, high-value, cost-effective integrated circuit solutions that enable lighting OEMs to deliver superior user experience and lower cost to end consumers."In the United States, lighting consumes 29% of all Electric Power" – DOE International Energy Outlook."
One of the biggest challenges facing the lighting industry is how to transition effectively the masses from 130+ year old Edison incandescent light bulbs to more energy efficient solid state LED lights. The Energy Independence & Security Act of 2007 (EISA 2007) set a then futuristic time line of eliminating all 40W and above general service Edison Screw (A19) incandescent light bulbs by January 1, 2014 in the US. That future is now! And the looming question for the lighting industry is if the masses are ready to adopt the shiny new LED bulbs to retrofit over 3.3 billion Edison screw lamp sockets within the U.S. (of which about 97% are in residences).
Efforts to move homes to high‐efficiency light sources have been underway since at least 1992, when California utilities launched full‐scale CFL rebate programs. The California Energy Commission (CEC) estimates that over the past 5 years, residential CFL penetration has saturated at about a 30 percent level in California, and even lower nationwide."The slow and incomplete market adoption of CFLs in the residential market demonstrates that just because a product produces enough light, is cost effective, and is supported by millions of dollars in persuasive marketing, the market adoption of that technology is not ensured." – CEC Staff Report on LED Lights, Dec 2012"
So how do we persuade the masses to transition to new LED lamps NOW?
JST is creating innovative power-IC solutions, the guts of the LED lights, to ensure consumer transition to LED lighting is smooth and comprehensive. It is time for Edison incandescent bulbs to go!