Nikhil Malhotra, Country Manager, GlacialTech talks to Buildotech about Led drivers and the company’s sub-brand – GlacialLight and the company’s plans for the LED markets in India.
Briefly explain the technology behind the GlacialPower LED drivers for lower voltage LED lights
GlacialPower LED drivers fully isolated case design enables an operation temperature range of -20°C to 60°C, which means that these LED drivers can be used in most environments. Additionally with an IP67 approval, Over-Temperature Protection (OTP) and Short-Circuit Protection (SCP) these drivers are highly secure, GlacialPower LED drivers have an extremely high efficiency level of 97%. Our R&D team has developed these LED drivers to eliminate the need for electronic transformers, aiming to provide more energy-saving and environment-friendly LED products. The technology is expected to lead a new trend in innovation and become an essential feature for all LED lighting products.
Do you have an office in India?
No, but we have a few distributors for our LED Drivers and from the past eight years, GlacialTech is serving the Indian market, introducing CPU Coolers, Notebook Adaptors, Power Supply, Notebook cooling pad, Battery chargers etc. We are supplying our LED Lighting and LED Driver products for the last four years into the Indian market and having customers in almost all states of India. We are looking to enter the Indian markets by the next three years. .
Do you have any expansion plans in terms of products or business?
Glaciallight will develop more diversified LED product application fields while thinking about how to transcend lighting in future lighting applications. Our goal is to increase the efficiency of our LEDs lighting products to incorporate all possible aspects and dimensions.
Future of LED in India.
LED Lighting has vast potential in India due to power shortages and high electricity cost. LED for lighting is already a hot business area. Indian market is always been good for GlacialTech. The company enjoys good market share in Indian LED Lighting market. Since India has energy crisis, the demand for the LED Lights will increase. The low heat output, smaller size, long lamp life, durability and energy savings make it an attractive option. LEDs come in different colours, sizes, shapes and lumen. They are great to use in retail display, to light up tight spaces, for coloured or dim lighting and outdoor lights. LEDs come in handy especially when there is a requirement to aesthetically integrate lighting with other architectural elements. India’s LED lighting market size was around
र 400 crore in 2010, and will continue to grow at a compounded annual rate of 45.53% till 2015.
However there are numerous challenges for LED players in India:
- One of the major challenges is the price difference. The current price of LED Lights in India is on higher side, and the customers are not easily switching to the new technology. Indian customers are price centric. They look for products that fall within their price range, not realizing the energy saved and the low maintenance.
- The current scenario is not too good for buyers, as there is no unified standard for these products. Buyers are therefore going for products which are cheaper without being fully aware of the demerits within them. Lack of awareness among Indian consumers is posing a major challenge. In the LED business, manufacturers are coming up with their own light sources within their own range, which mostly are incompatible with the other light sources. So lighting market is facing a situation of the light source itself not being standardized.
- Awareness is required not only at the buyers end but also for the manufacturers. Due to lack of awareness, buyers ask for any product, laying stress on the low price. Many are still opting for conventional lights. At the buyers’ end, awareness can be generated by propagating the long term benefits of the technology and quantifying its cost- effectiveness. Only then can the technology have mass appeal.
- LED installations require more complicated design spanning the thermal and electronics domains.