Research Note: LED Lighting: A Global Enterprise

Samantha Bench Reese, Kelsey Horowitz, Margaret Mann, Timothy Remo

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There is considerable focus on technology manufacturing locations and the value in funding innovation when upstream products are not manufactured within a domestic economy. Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are such an upstream product. Here, we evaluate the value added along the supply chain of luminaires, a product that utilizes LEDs, using bottom-up cost modelling. Coupling the results with analysis of shipping cost and time, this analysis examines how advances in LEDs can incentivize LED luminaire adoption leading to the potential for significant domestic manufacturing effects even if the upstream products are produced in other economies.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)849-855
Number of pages7
JournalLighting Research and Technology
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2020

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Publisher Copyright:
© The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers 2020.

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-6A20-71241


  • advanced manufacturing
  • analysis
  • cost model
  • costs
  • LEDs
  • luminaires
  • shipping
  • value-add


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