In the past few weeks I visited some of the industry’s most notable shows/conferences, the Strategies In Light 2016 (co-located with LEDs Show in Santa Clara, CA) and Light + Building (Frankfurt, Germany). I wanted to share my top takeaways from these shows that might also be key indicators of what is happening in the industry and what trends I see popping up throughout these shows.
· Modules/Light Engines- nearly every major LEDs supplier has been showcasing their modules and light engines. Why are we seeing rise of modules and light engines? Well, the luminaire market is very fragmented with small to mid- sized luminaire manufacturers who specialize in various form factors (downlights, troffers, high bays, suspended pendants, streets, and/or others form factors) and they don’t always have capabilities in house to deal with LED packages. One of the notable partnerships just recently has been between Nichia and Future Lighting Solutions. Nichia like many other suppliers has been seeing a growing need in their small to mid-sized customers (less than $50 million in size) concentrating in general illumination, who need modular solutions to decrease manufacturing time and who may not always have in-house resources to deal with components. The price has not been the biggest factor in the drive for adoption of modules/lighting engines as much as the ability to now decrease the manufacturing process of luminaires by more than 50% in many cases.
· Data Security- with the increase in lighting connectivity, data security issues will be more of a concern. Many traditional lighting companies currently do not have the total in-house resources/intelligence to deal with these data security issues but are working to expand their knowledge base. Osram and Cisco gave a very in-depth and captivating presentation on what companies can do in this area at Strategies In Light 2016.
· No Light Dots Please! This may be a personal preference (I don’t have an appreciation for lamps/fixture with light dots) but I kept seeing luminaire makers address the light dots issue that many lighting designs fall victim to. I believe that light dots were mostly an issue in North America (specifically U.S.) whereas the European market preferred it. However, many European designers and luminaire manufacturers now seem to be getting rid of light dots and have been smoothing out the perceived lighting from light sources.
· Local Manufactures in Developing Regions Increasing their LED revenue share. Many North American, European and even Chinese lighting manufacturers already have LED making up close to 50% of their total revenue. However, for manufactures in most developing regions LEDs were still less than 25% of their overall revenue with fluorescent and CFLs lighting making up bulk of their shipments. However, as the price (average selling price) of LEDs lighting fall close to the price of competing technologies many manufactures in these developing regions are reporting that LEDs are projected to comprise close to 50% of their overall revenue by end of this year.
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