Figure 1 shows BSRIA's best estimates of the regional sales of the global lighting controls market. This has been derived from interviews with the system integrators and suppliers, along with macro-economic data.
The global lighting controls market is estimated to be USD 2.5 billion in 2009. Europe and North America are the largest markets with a combined share of over 75 per cent. Of the Asian markets, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and China are the most advanced markets in terms of the energy saving lighting controls. Other growing economies, such as India, have yet to realise the commercial benefits of lighting controls in their buildings.
BSRIA believes that the lighting controls market in North America and Europe will reach US$3.8 billion by 2015. The market is expected to be propelled by growing demand for ballasts, relays, controls, automatic systems, photo-sensors, and occupancy sensors in new build and retrofit applications.
The use of lighting controls and systems is expanding in the industrial market as well, particularly workshops, warehouses, and factories. In areas like airports, metro railway stations, hospitals, auditoriums, and educational institutions including universities, colleges, schools and libraries, the application of lighting controls and systems is growing at an even quicker pace.
BSRIA believes that Europe still represents the largest market for lighting controls, with the electronic ballasts market flourishing. In the US, controls represent the fastest growing segment as the US state and federal Governments are implementing energy efficiency programmes which promote the installation of energy saving lighting systems in existing older buildings.
While there is a trend towards LED lighting, the market is still in its infancy. Controls companies believe that LED systems will need some form of controls to make them even more energy efficient.
BSRIA sees a rapid move towards open standards, mainly driven by integration of building services systems and that BACnet will be widely adopted in future.
The control of building services is likely to converge over the internet using protocols. This is a growing trend and more IT firms are playing a role of super integrators in the integrated building management projects.
Elsewhere, control of daylighting and multi-level switching is a growing market, as is occupancy control of lighting systems. Interest in wireless controls is growing. Some of the well known wireless standards are ENOCEAN, Zigbee and Z-Wave.
Sukant Rout PhD CEng LAPD is a senior market research consultant for BSRIA. This article is based on material from the North American Integrated Building Management Systems study carried out by BSRIA's Worldwide Market Intelligence division.
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