according to vice president and general manager of philips lighting North America's solid-state lighting business Govi Rao, the U.S. will see a 'dramatic shift from incandescent lighting to LEDs' during the next few years.

Emphasizing its role in this emerging market, Philips has unveiled a variety of LED lighting products at the 2006 Kips Bay Decorator Show House, an annual New York City charitable event to raise money for the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club. This year, over 20 interior designers went to town on a 19th-century mansion located on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

LEDs were used for design schemes in the kitchen, foyer, library, and some bedrooms, creating the designers' desired ambient experiences and lighting effects to capture the mood of each space. One example was the use of Philips' Aurelle LED candles, used en mass to illuminate one of the home's many fireplaces.

As Rao says, the 'LED installation is a great opportunity to demonstrate what's coming in home design.' Visit the showroom through May 23, 2006. For more information, visit A|L