Smart Lighting Market | Size, Share, Growth, Trends Industry Analysis and Market Forecast to 2026

Posted by Steve Stark on July 21st, 2022

The global smart lighting market size is estimated to be USD 10.9 billion in 2021 and projected to reach USD 27.7 billion by 2026, at a CAGR of 20.5% during the forecast period. In recent years, the market for smart lighting has experienced significant growth, primarily due to the ongoing and upcoming smart city projects in developing economies, improved acceptance of standard protocols for lighting control systems, and the introduction of new features such as data analytics and API event generation. These factors will drive market growth through the end of the forecast period. Moreover, the surge in the demand for IoT-enabled lighting fixtures and smart lighting solutions, and increasing use of LED lights and luminaires in outdoor lighting will drive the demand of smart lighting in the near future.

Market Dynamics:

Driver:  Increasing use of LED lights and luminaires in outdoor lighting

The key reasons for installing LEDs over conventional lights include energy and cost savings. LEDs are replacing conventional light sources such as fluorescent, high-intensity discharge (HID), incandescent, and high-pressure sodium lamps in outdoor lighting applications. Outdoor lighting applications primarily include highways, roadways, public places, and stadiums. According to the US DOE, LED lighting would represent 86% of all lighting sales by 2035 due to the benefits offered by LED lights over their conventional counterparts.

Although LED light sources are energy efficient, over 30% of lighting energy consumption would be wasted if appropriate controls are not used. Lighting control systems combined with LEDs could increase the life of an LED light source, which would minimize maintenance costs, further reducing the duration of the payback period. Hence, LED lighting solutions equipped with a dynamic lighting control system would reduce the amount of lighting energy consumed. These advantages have encouraged construction enterprises associated with building highways and stadiums to deploy LED lighting systems.

Restraint:  High initial costs of smart lighting equipment and accessories

Though smart lighting systems are energy-efficient lighting solutions that can save costs in the long run, the initial cost is high due to the cost of the equipment and the cost of integration and installation services. Smart lighting systems comprise various hardware components such as dimmers, switches, sensors, control systems, and software. Hence, the installation cost of smart lighting is higher than that of conventional lighting systems. This is primarily due to the requirement for highly expensive software, control systems, and LED light sources for smart lighting solutions. This factor hampers the adoption of smart lighting control systems. However, factors such as the falling prices of LEDs and energy savings by installing energy-efficient lighting control systems are expected to minimize the impact of this restraint in the near future.

Opportunity:  Development of human-centric lighting solutions

Lighting solutions have a biological and emotional impact on human beings. Human-centric lighting solutions can boost the well-being, mood, and health of individuals as they can be adjusted in terms of directions, correlated color temperatures (CCTs), and illuminance. These lighting solutions can improve concentration, safety, and efficiency in workplaces and educational environments. In healthcare applications, human-centric lighting solutions can support healing processes, prevent chronic diseases in individuals with irregular daily routines, and improve the overall sense of well-being among patients. The increasing demand for human-centric lighting solutions has created new growth prospects for the manufacturers of smart lighting solutions. Leading smart lighting manufacturers such as Signify (Netherlands), and Hubbell (US) are developing luminaires that support the tuning of light according to circadian rhythms and the emotional requirements of humans.

Challenge: Interoperability issues between different network components

Currently, lighting control systems are facing the biggest challenge of integrating multiple interoperable technologies under one roof. Users have a wide range of options to choose from when it comes to lighting control; however, there are no uniform standards, so it is difficult to integrate the solutions they have. A lack of interoperability and incompatibility among components causes problems for end users. Hardware and software for traditional lighting control systems are typically manufactured by the same company, while controls for connected lighting solutions are developed by different businesses. Lighting systems suffer from interoperability problems, resulting in communication problems between different network components. To develop compatible products, standard protocols must be established. It is being attempted by a number of organizations, including the ZigBee Alliance and the Connected Lighting Alliance, to standardize the protocols used in connected lighting technology. This would enhance the ability for luminaires to collect and share data for analytics purposes through the use of connected technology.

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In smart lighting systems, ZigBee, EnOcean, Z-Wave, and Wi-Fi are the most common wireless technologies. ZigBee is one of the most widely used wireless communication protocols among system manufacturers. In order to gain a competitive advantage in the market, all manufacturers follow their own proprietary protocols and standards. Due to the intense competition in the market, common standards and communication protocols cannot be developed, thus preventing the growth of the market.

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