Podcast: Why we need the LED industry

For this GigaOM Research podcast, we sit down with Ucilia Wang and Katie Fehrenbacher to discuss the state of theLED market, challenges it faces, areas for more growth, and which companies the world needs to watch.

Startup Soraa unveils game changing next-gen LED light

The father of the LED is now looking to revolutionize the industry he created. On Tuesday startup Soraa unveiled its first LED bulb that can replace a halogen lamp, and showed off the company’s secret sauce.

Analyst Estimate: 150,000 iPads Pre-Ordered Already

While the number isn’t official (Apple (s aapl) isn’t exactly free and easy with its sales figures), one analyst is saying that although its early yet to tell, it looks like the iPad is on track to break some pretty significant records in terms of order volume. Amateur Apple (s aapl) analyst Daniel Tello, who regularly outguesses the pros, is now saying that around 152,000 iPads have been pre-ordered in the first 72 hours of availability.

Tello’s approach involves extrapolating Apple web order numbers. This time around, he worked with Victor Castroll, a Valcent Financial Group analyst. Together, they surveyed a sample group and found 120 orders for 137 iPads over 58 hours beginning at 8:30 A.M. Friday morning.

From there, Tello applied a formula that subtracts non-iPad orders on Apple’s site and multiplies the resulting number by an average of 1.125 iPads per order. Finally, he added in 2,000 units for late-night hours during which time they had no data. In the end, the total arrived at was 152,000 ending at midnight on Sunday. The number doesn’t factor in iPads reserved for in-store pickup. Read More about Analyst Estimate: 150,000 iPads Pre-Ordered Already

Lemnis Lighting’s LED Bulb: It Dims But Costs $40

Lemnis_Pharox_PICStandard-household-sized LED bulbs have long raised a common complaint: They don’t dim easily. Yeah, some can be dimmed by controlling the current instead of the voltage, or by making them flicker at high speeds undetectable by the human eye, but homeowners can’t just plug them into their normal light sockets and expect their dimmers to work. But that looks to be changing, with the launch of an LED bulb to replace a standard 60-watt incandescent bulb from Netherlands-based Lemnis Lighting on Friday.

The company claims the bulb, called Pharox60, is up to 90 percent more energy-efficient — and lasts up to 25 times longer — than an incandescent bulb, and six times longer than a compact fluorescent bulb, with an estimated 25-year lifespan. According to the press announcement, the bulb features “technologically advanced” dimming capabilities, and a warm, soft glow, and is made of non-toxic materials than can be recycled with other metals and glass.
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Efficient Lighting Firm Fulham Gets $10M From Braemar

Energy-efficient lighting investments are starting to trickle back onto the scene after cleantech deals plunged in the first quarter. On Tuesday, Braemar Energy Ventures raised its bet on lighting with a $10 million investment in Hawthorne, Calif.-based Fulham Inc., a 7-year-old company that makes components for fluorescent lights, high-intensity lights and light-emitting diodes.

The deal comes just over a month after plasma lighting startup Luxim Corp., based in Sunnyvale, Calif., raised $12 million and Austin, Texas-based Nuventix, which has developed an electronics-cooling technology for LED lights, raised $4 million of an $18 million round.

To investors, the potential for growth in the energy-efficient lighting sector is clear. It’s poised for a boost from legislation, which could enhance the existing appeal of lower electricity bills. (Lighting accounts for about a quarter of U.S. electricity use, with most of that coming from commercial buildings, according to the Energy Information Administration.)
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