Global shipments of LED backlight units could be set for significant growth over the next five years, which may see such items take market share away from CCFL/EEFL varieties in products such as LCD televisions and notebook PCs.
A report by DisplaySearch predicted that sales of LED backlights could grow from 36.5 million units in 2010 to 184.9 million in 2015, with market penetration rate estimated to go from 20 per cent to 72 per cent during that time.
Kevin Kwak, director of LED backlight unit research at the firm, remarked that this trend could affect all areas of the supply chain for companies involved in the production of such devices.
He explained: "Without a doubt, LED backlights will be the dominant light source in all applications in 2011 - representing a significant business and technology evolution."
The new iPad from Apple uses LEDs to light up its display screen, which is mercury-free and arsenic-free, as well as enjoying the energy saving benefits of such bulbs.