Caren B. Les, email@example.com
UPPER LAKE, Calif. – Packaged component LEDs, also known as component-level bulbs, are
set to grow by leaps and bounds in selected medical/science and test/measurement
devices. The global consumption of packaged LEDs used in these devices is expected
to reach $185.73 million in 2016, up from $21.82 million in 2009, according to ElectroniCast
Consultants, which published a market report in November 2010. The predicted average
annual growth rate is 35.8 percent – with comparable strong quantity growth
partially offset by a decline of average prices in some categories.
The industry segment comprises four major application categories:
phototherapy/sanitation/cell regeneration/curing; operating theater/surgical/dentistry
lighting; sensing/detection and analytical/monitoring; and instrumentation light
source and imaging.
“The global consumption value of LEDs for use in phototherapy,
sanitation, cell regeneration and curing, including water treatment, and health
and beauty procedures, is forecast to have strong growth, increasing from $6.2 million
in 2009 to $82.63 million in 2016,” said Stephen Montgomery, president of
international business at ElectroniCast. “This application category is expected
to represent about 44 percent of the consumption value of LEDs used in the main
industry segment in 2016, up from 28 percent in 2009.”
The global consumption value of
LEDs in test/measurement and medical/science devices is expected to rise to $185.73
million in 2016, with an average annual growth rate of 35.8 percent over the period
from 2009. Courtesy of ElectroniCast Consultants.
The consumption value of LEDs for illumination in operating rooms
and for surgical and dental procedures will grow at the impressive rate of 75.7
percent per year, from $1.05 million in 2009 to $54.13 million in 2016, Montgomery
said. The firm predicts that this segment will have a 29 percent share in the consumption
value of LEDs used in the overall industry segment in 2016, up from 5 percent in
The consumption value of LEDs used in sensing/detection and analytical/monitoring
applications in 2009 was $12.5 million, representing 57 percent of the worldwide
consumption value of LEDs used in the overall industry segment. In 2016, Montgomery
said, the relative market share of these applications is likely to decrease to 22
percent, although its consumption value will increase to $40.21 million.
The consumption value of LEDs in instrumentation light sources
and imaging devices, including for biophotonic imaging devices and machine vision
for factory automation, is forecast to increase from $2.08 million in 2009 to $8.76
million in 2016. This application category represents about 5 percent of the consumption
value of LEDs used in the overall industry segment in 2016, down from 9 percent
The value of the blue LEDs segment could experience an impressive
44.9 percent annual average growth rate, driven by the explosive growth in photodynamic
therapy, where blue LEDs will be used in devices to whiten teeth and to treat skin
problems such as sun damage and acne, Montgomery said.
Strong growth is anticipated for white LEDs to meet the rising
demand for LED lighting in operating theaters and for use on headlamps worn by physicians,
he said, adding that opportunities also exist for other LED colors in physicians’
headlamps, including assisting in distinguishing shades of red.
The report predicted that the red LED market share will decrease
from 52 percent in 2009 to 27.6 percent in 2016.
“Systems using UV LEDs are being developed for polymer curing
systems, sterilization, water purification, surface disinfection and numerous other
applications,” Montgomery said. “UV fluorescence remains a cornerstone
technique for the detection of biological agent aerosols.” Deep-UV LEDs can
provide an appropriate light source without the environmental toxicity issues brought
about by conventional mercury-based lamps.
An important industry goal is to improve the per-chip light output
without increasing the overall chip and/or package size at a comparable or better
price point, he said. The challenge is to improve fabrication techniques that result
in acceptable and increasing yield percentages. The industry also is working to
provide packaged LEDs that have luminous efficacy stability over a broad temperature
range, including efficient LED arrays suitable for harsh environments.
He also mentioned fluorescence microscopy applications in which
high-intensity LEDs in a variety of colors match the excitation bandwidth of many
commonly used fluorescent dyes and proteins. This approach is advantageous in that
individual color/wavelength LED lights can be used instead of filter wheels or shutters,
he said. The challenge for the industry is to continue to prove this approach’s
cost compared with its advantages versus the existing techniques.
Demonstrating the technique’s effectiveness in disease treatment,
providing the right wavelength in the right package and in funding-related university
research are among efforts that could accomplish this task, Montgomery said.
“The industry continues to look for applications for LEDs
in the market sectors covered in the report,” he said. “For example,
we are paying attention to the use of phototherapy devices that could complement
medicine. There seems to be an almost endless list of prospective business opportunities.
Among them, the use of LEDs in the field of psychological counseling has enormous
Montgomery emphasized the need to further publicize the advantages
of LEDs, including their safety features, in comparison with competing technologies.
He noted that an important issue in the industry is the need to
take innovative ideas from the concept to the revenue-potential stage.
“One popular way to address this in a business approach
is having teams of technologists and application-oriented marketing staff working
to provide winning solutions for their customers. In other words, identify a need
and provide a solution in a timely profitable fashion,” he said.