Trade Resources Market View The Proportion of LCD TV Panels That Use LEDs for Backlighting Is Set to Reach 90% in 2013

The Proportion of LCD TV Panels That Use LEDs for Backlighting Is Set to Reach 90% in 2013

With LED backlighting technology approaching the saturation point in the LCD TV panel market in 2013, suppliers of LEDs are turning their attention to the new growth opportunity in the fast-expanding lighting segment.

The proportion of LCD TV panels that use LEDs for backlighting is set to reach 90% in 2013. Of a total of 231 million LCD TV panels forecast to be shipped during 2013, 207 million will use LED backlighting, with the remainder utilizing the older CCFL technology.

This marks the end of a boom time that started in 2009, when the LED penetration of the LCD TV panel market was only 3% before climbing rapidly to 24% in 2010, to 38% in 2011 and to 71% in 2012. By 2016, LED penetration will rise to 100% of the total LCD TV panel market.

Sharp of Japan is the only panel supplier with 100% of its LCD TV panel manufacturing using LED backlighting in 2013. South Korea's Samsung Display and LG Display are not far behind, with the two companies set to attain more than 95% LED usage in their LCD TV panels by the end of 2012.

Because there is little growth opportunity left in the LCD TV backlighting market, LED makers are redirecting their efforts to the lighting business.

"LED suppliers that are focused on lighting are predicted to gain market share," said Jamie Fox, principal analyst for LEDs at IHS. "Some of the companies that have a large market share in LED backlighting, such as Seoul Semiconductor and Samsung, have already managed to shift much of their business to lighting and have done very well in this area, winning market share in recent years."

LED there be light

In lighting applications, the penetration of LED products compared to alternative technologies is currently very low. Only 2.8% of all lamps shipped in 2013 are forecast to use LED technology. This amounts to 520 million LED lamps vs.18.6 billion lamps in total.

Demand for LED lighting is predicted to increase rapidly during the next five years, driving a projected packaged LED revenue growth of US$2.5 billion within the period.

"Because the replacement rates for LED lamps are much longer than those made from competing technologies, annual demand is predicted to slow as the installed base grows for LED lamps," Fox said. "Suppliers to the LED lighting market, therefore, need to position themselves accordingly in order to capitalize."

Japan has the largest adoption of LED lamps in 2013. Meanwhile, the highest penetration in terms of sector breakdown can be found in retail and hospitality, at approximately 6% LED. This compares to about 1% for the residential market, said IHS.

Backlighting moves into the background

Outside of LCD TVs, LEDs are also attaining high penetration in other backlighting applications, even if growth opportunities are slackening.

For example, desktop monitors in 2013 are set to post 86% LED penetration, similar to LCD TV panels. Notebook, tablet and cellphone backlights are already 100% LED-backlit.

By the end of 2015, monitors are predicted to join the applications in reaching 100% LED usage.

The combined market for LED backlighting in all these applications has already gone into decline - even before 100% penetration has been reached.

This is driven by a number of factors. One is the reduction in the number of LEDs needed per panel. Another reason shipments are slowing is the increasing usage of OLED displays, which do not require LED backlighting, added IHS.

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LED Backlighting to Reach 90% Penetration in LCD TVS in 2013, Says IHS
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