Hitachi Lighting Ltd. in April has plans to mass produce high-efficiency fluorescent lights which use up to 50% less power than present fluorescent bulbs.
The Hitachi Ltd. group company has invested Y 1 billion ($10 million) to install production equipment at its plant in Ome, Tokyo. The company has plans to release some 10 models this fiscal year.
Hitachi’s high-efficiency lights will last 20,000 hours, almost two times that of existing products.
Hitachi will target convenience stores, factories and large commercial facilities.
It’s always about the money.
The company expects the market for environmentally friendly lighting to grow because of fiscal 2009 revisions to the energy conservation laws.
Hitachi Lighting with its high-efficiency lighting business is going head-to-head against many companies in the lighting industry that are putting therir efforts into LED lighting. Hitachi thinks its option is the more practical one.