HID Lamp Indexes Continue to Hover Near Record Lows

NEMA’s indexes for HID lamp shipments continued to hover near historical low levels during 2013Q2. The index for mercury vapor lamp shipments continued to track downward, declining by 8.2 percent on a year-over-year (y/y) basis. Likewise, shipments of metal halide lamps fell 6.4 percent y/y, landing at the second lowest level in the series history. Sodium vapor was the lone HID index segment to show improvement. Following four consecutive quarters of y/y declines, the index stabilized during 2013 Q2 by registering a gain of 0.4 percent. Sodium vapor lamps increased their share to 33.2 percent. Shares of mercury vapor and metal halide lamps decreased to 4.2 and 62.6 percent, respectively.

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