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Sharp Says “Here World, Have Nine Models of LED A-Lamps”

Electronics manufacturer Sharp has released a series of nine LED A-type lamps for the world to chew on – color temperatures from warm white to daylight (so that’s eight of the models) and a revolutionary color-changing remote controlled lamp that is controllable from warm white to daylight.

That’s pretty cool – my first question is obviously output, and Sharp has the daylight white model at around 560 lumens.  If you compare that to a 60w incandescent at 850 lumens it’s 35% less output, but it’s also got a lifetime of 40,000 hours (about 40 times the lifespan of an incandescent) and uses a minute fraction of the power.

Cost is obviously a factor, right?  The fixed color temperature sources are retailing around the $40 dollar mark ($42-$44) and the color changing model runs around $82 bucks.  Now theoretically if you were to use this six hours a day each day of the week, every week for a year, you’d use 2016 hours of the lamp’s life.  If you divide that into 40,000 hours of lamplife, this lamp will last you about 20 years.  If you compare power consumption costs with a 60w incandescent, there’s a clear winner, the LED source at 112 lumens per watt compared to the incandescent efficacy of around 14 lumens per watt.

Well, we will see, won’t we?  I do love these innovations!

About the adjustable color temperature and intensity source – from the press release from Sharp:

The model DL-L60AV LED Lamp features an Adjustable Color Function that enables users to change the color of the white light emitted from the lamp using an accessory remote control, an industry first for an LED lamp*1. Users can select from seven different shades of white ranging from a pleasing warm white to a cooler daylight white to match the weather, the season, time of day, purpose, or other preferences. This model also features a built-in Dimmer Function to adjust brightness. Together, these features allow users to select the illumination they like best to complement a diverse range of interior settings by using a single remote control to change the color and brightness of the light.

In addition, the model DL-L601N LED Lamp delivers a brightness of 560 lumens, among the highest in the industry for LED lamps*1 having nearly the same size and shape as ordinary incandescent lamps.

Check out some images:

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Thanks Treehugger and DVICE!

LCD Price Fixing Schemes – WTH?! The LCD Cartel

I just learned about these a day or so ago – how I missed them is beyond me, as I am always in a little bit of shock for some reason every time I discover some corporate criminality.  Hitachi just pleaded guilty to a one-count felony charge in a price fixing scheme dealing with LCD displays.

What?!  I keep trying to count the number of LCD devices in my house.  Then I keep trying to remember how much I paid for each one.  From an article at Wired’s Gadget Lab:

The Japanese company has agreed to pay a fine of Justice Department. According to court reports, Hitachi has admitted its involvement in fixing the prices of LCDs sold to Dell that were later used in monitors and laptops from 2001 to 2004.

The price fix basically involved secret meetings between top executives of companies and them agreeing to set a certain price to sell the LCDs to Dell, and thereby eliminating the natural forces of the open market.

A few months ago, Sharp, LG and Chunghwa of Taiwan also plead guilty to the same conspiracy of price-fixing LCDs in a massive anti-trust settlement. The price-fixing for those companies happened between 2001 and 2006 and also involved the selling of LCD panels to Motorola (for its Razr phones), and Apple (for the iPod).

Hitachi is paying $35 million dollars for their role in this crazy BS scheme to fix LCD display prices.  This makes me just a little ill in the pit of my stomach.  I also learned that LG, Sharp, and a company called Chunghwa Picture Tubes also all plead guilty to the same scheme that took place between 2001 and 2006.  Those companies are paying out $585 million in total – $400 million for LG, $120 million for Sharp, and $65 million for the Taiwan company Chunghwa Picture Tubes.

Ugh.  I bought a Razr phone, a Dell monitor, and an iPod during that time.

The Department of Justice had a press release about the charges, and what the companies did:

LG and Chunghwa are charged with carrying out the conspiracy by:

  • Participating in meetings, conversations, and communications in Taiwan, Korea and the United States to discuss the prices of TFT-LCD panels;
  • Agreeing during those meetings, conversations and communications to charge prices of TFT-LCD panels at certain pre-determined levels;
  • Issuing price quotations in accordance with the agreements reached; and
  • Exchanging information on sales of TFT-LCD panels, for the purpose of monitoring and enforcing adherence to the agreed-upon prices.

Sharp is charged with participating in three separate conspiracies, to fix the price of TFT-LCD panels sold to Dell, Motorola and Apple by:

  • Participating in bilateral meetings, conversations, and communications in Japan and the United States to discuss the prices of TFT-LCD panels to be sold to Dell, Apple and Motorola;
  • Agreeing during those bilateral meetings, conversations and communications to charge prices of TFT-LCD panels at certain pre-determined levels to Dell, Apple and Motorola;
  • Issuing price quotations in accordance with the agreements reached; and
  • Exchanging information on sales of TFT-LCD panels to be sold to Dell, Apple and Motorola, for the purpose of monitoring and enforcing adherence to the agreed-upon prices.

Hmm. I’m going to go take some Pepto now.

Thanks DOJ, Biz Insider, and Wired!