Our primary impact on efficiency comes through our innovations in LED technologies that have dramatically reduced the energy needed to produce light. We also focus on understanding the overall energy impacts of the materials that go into our products and reducing them wherever possible.
Goal: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Lumileds supports SDG 7 through the development of affordable and energy-efficient LED lighting solutions that reduce energy demand.
Goal: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Lumileds supports SDG 12 by continually increasing the energy and material efficiency of lighting products on a global scale while also reducing the impact of lighting production.
The efficiency of lighting is measured by the amount of light produced—known as lumens (lm)— compared to the amount of electricity needed to produce it. Lumileds LED products have reduced the amount of energy needed to produce light by a factor of 10 compared to traditional incandescent lights. This tremendous efficiency gain reduces the carbon footprint of our products during their use phase and saves customers money.
In 2018, the average efficiency of Lumileds flagship illumination-grade LUXEON V2 and LUXEON 3535L HE Plus LEDs produce over 150 lumens of light output per watt of electricity. That is over 10 times more efficient than the common incandescent bulb that operates at 15 lumens per watt.
Lumileds has a rich history of firsts in the LED technology industry. This includes inventing new classes of semiconductors, packages and phosphor materials that have dramatically reduced the amount of electricity required to produce a lumen of light. This started with Lumileds work in the commercialization of LEDs at Hewlett-Packard in the 1960s and continued with industry-shaping LED applications and efficacy breakthroughs in the 1990s and 2000s.
Through our LUXEON lighting series, Lumileds has invented a secondary optic technology that produces a high intensity light output while using less LEDs. This innovation reduces the amount of electricity required to operate a light fixture, lowers the embedded materials per product, and also eliminates the energy that would have been used to manufacture more LEDs.