Heatsink maker jumps into LED lighting biz

Posted by Humphrey Cheung

San Francisco (CA) – Taiwanese heatsink maker, AVC, is jumping into the drop-in LED lighting market with its multiple LED lighting heads.  These heads simply screw into a regular socket and provide several hundred lumens worth of lighting for just a few watts of power.  At the company’s Intel Developer Forum booth, we saw a 7 LED light that was basically a heat sink with some LEDs embedded inside.

Jeff Brown, AVC’s national sales manager, told us the lights leverage AVC’s heatsink since many LED lights don’t have adequate cooling.  The unit we photographed below outputs approximately 720 lumens and uses 9 watts of power.

Brown said the lights are targeted at businesses instead of homes.  He pointed up to the convention center ceiling and said workers have to use lifts and other special equipment to change the flourescent lights.  Add in union wages and a simple light bulb change can cost hundreds of dollars.

 The light we were holding costs about $35 to $40 each and has an estimated life of 50,000 hours.

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