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I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank all our customers for their support this year. We’ve certainly made some great strides and none of this would be possible without your belief in our company and LED lamps–your advocacy has not gone unnoticed. Thank you.
We look forward to working with you all in 2014 and promise to provide the high quality LED lighting and exceptional customer service that you’ve come to expect from Leapfrog.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at Leapfrog Lighting!
Stephen Naor, President
The upfront costs of energy efficiency retrofits is one of the major barriers to adoption—especially in terms of residential properties, where homeowners might not recover their investment prior to selling. While commercial properties generally have a shorter return on investment (ROI) period, many businesses lack the capital to invest.
Enter PACE: Property Assessed Clean Energy financing.
The sub-$10 LED A-shaped light bulb. First Cree and now Walmart. GE is following in close pursuit. And, after spending days wandering through row upon row of LED manufacturers at Hong Kong Lightfair last week, it sure seems as though the market will be saturated with single digit-priced LED bulbs from many other players before too long. The adoption of LED bulbs is said to be slow due to the high cost of the technology, especially in comparison to other existing – and dependable – lighting technologies. So to remove that hurdle, it seems like the race is on to find the price point that is acceptable to the general population. But are these sub-$10 LEDs that are currently hitting the market also sub-standard in performance? Are they helping or hurting the LED lighting industry?
As an active member of many LED lighting groups on LinkedIn, I see a lot of discussion regarding possible requirements for UL and other certifications in the US. I feel that some of it may be confusing, and having been through the safety standards process with my company, Leapfrog Lighting, I would like to take this opportunity to clarify a few things.
According to Lux Research report, Dimming the Hype: GaN-on-Si Fails to Outshine Sapphire by 2020, the market for epitaxial wafers (epi-wafers) LEDs will climb to $4 billion in 2020, but at no thanks to emerging technology gallium nitride-on-silicon (GaN-on-Si).
Business owners understand the importance of operating cost effectively. The more money you can save on unavoidable (but necessary) expenses, the more money you can put into your business—into directly affecting the bottom line. For retail stores and many other commercial enterprises, lighting is one of those expenses that can inadvertently place a stress on your operations and prevent you from reaching your main goal: sales.
Most people know that LED lighting is incredibly efficient. But many of those people also distrust the manufacturer’s performance claims and recoil at the price per bulb in comparison to other lighting technologies, such as CFL or halogen. So how do you get around this?
At Leapfrog Lighting, we recently completed our annual product warranty review. This involves, in part, researching the warranties of other LED lamp manufactures. While conducting our review, we noticed a disturbing and bewildering industry trend. It seems that a sizeable number of LED lamp manufacturers are significantly extending the length of warranty coverage while simultaneously increasing the complexity of terms (i.e. the fine print that contains the exclusions and special conditions that serve to limit the warranty’s actual value to the customer).
First of all, in a 24/7 application (hotel lobbies, retail store fronts, hospitals, public indoor walkways and spaces, etc.) a 10-year warranty covers over 87,000 hours—almost no LED lamp will last that long. And that’s only the beginning…
“It’s only lighting”, you say? “How much thought really needs to go into the decision?” Since I am not fond of sugar-coating, I’m here to tell you that you can’t afford to be glib about your lighting purchase.
On behalf of everyone at Leapfrog Lighting, I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish our customers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
I also want to thank our customers for their steadfast support this year. It’s relationships like yours that make our job so satisfying. All of us at Leapfrog Lighting look forward to working with you all in the coming year and promise to continue providing you with the service you’ve come to expect (and deserve) and delivering you top quality LED lighting.
Happy holidays from all of us at Leapfrog Lighting!
Stephen Naor, President
Facility managers oversee buildings to ensure they run as efficiently as possible. While most see lighting as fulfilling a functional purpose, one facility manager dared to ask: “How can I make the light look stylish and upscale without losing sight of my primary objective?”