LED demand increases after earthquake

Lighting specialists in Japan are in a race to respond to increased demand for LED products following the earthquake and tsunami in March.

Electricity-saving restrictions imposed as a result of the earthquake have led to huge demand for LED options, with manufacturers working to expand their selection of products.

In August, Hitachi Appliances Inc. introduced the company's first LED ceiling light which will go on the market in October. LEDs accounted for just 3 percent of the ceiling light market before the quake but this has now increased to 15 percent.

Toshiba Lighting and Technology Co. is also releasing two waterproof light bulbs later this month, aimed at the outdoor market.

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