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Published on January 15th, 2015 | by Joshua S Hill

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10 Lighting & LED Trends For 2015, According To IHS

January 15th, 2015 by  


Leading analytics company, IHS, has forecast 10 trends that it believes will propel the lighting and LED industry through 2015, which it believes could lead to improved margins for companies and lower prices for consumers.

“For the big three lighting suppliers, the road was bumpy: all of them recorded falling revenue in the first three quarters of 2014,” said William Rhodes, research manager of lighting and LEDs at IHS Technology. “Industry watchers are now looking to see if these giants of the lighting industry can turn the tide in 2015.” light bulb ban

The top predictions are as follows:

  1. China–the LED dragon–will continue to grow
  2. The sky is the limit for cloud-based smart lighting
  3. Changing fortunes for lighting companies expected in 2015
  4. Li-Fi, a brighter way to communicate
  5. Is lighting poised for a quantum leap?
  6. OLED luminaires, and where to purchase them
  7. LED filament bulbs: incandescent beauty with an LED twist
  8. Packaged LED industry is moving downstream and getting smarter
  9. Is your streetlight all that it seems?
  10. Automotive applications driving potoelectronic components market

And with the rise of the consumer electronics industry making LED lighting a ‘new’ and ‘cool’ toy–thanks to remote-controlled lighting from your smart-phone–the future for LED and lighting companies is … bright.

One of the takeaways from the IHS press release, which notified the release of an accompanying white paper, is the impact that the reorganisation of the top three lighting companies will have on the industry, with IHS predicting that it could turn the top three companies “into pure-play lighting companies focused on dynamic markets.” Such restructuring, says IHS, “will also allow LED makers to raise capital for further investment.”

“Changes in the corporate structure, could lead to improved margins for the companies, and possibly lower-priced products for consumers,” Rhodes said.

And while IHS doesn’t necessarily agree that cloud-based smart lighting will gain market share in 2015, it does agree that increased marketing of such consumer electronic gadgets could create mindshare in 2015, “positioning the market for future growth.”






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  • Guest

    The author makes 10 different very interesting points but fails to talk about them. Come on, expand, even a little bit, on each point. Respectfully but your article simply says nothing.

  • “Is lighting poised for a quantum leap?”

    How is that a prediction? How are any of those predictions!?

  • Pieter Siegers

    I’ll tell you something.
    I recently replaced 20 of my 40 halogen bulbs at home for LED bulbs, which represented for each bulb going down from 45-50W to 6W, and I’m planning to replace the other half also because I think it is a great option.
    The plan is, when I have replaced all those halogen bulbs, for 40 LED bulbs glowing at the same time I will only need 240 W.
    The plan I have is to create a separate mini-grid for these LED bulbs and use my two solar powered batteries (by four 64Wp solar panels and a charge controller/converter) to energize them during the dark hours.
    Will be seeing how long they will be lasting – the worst case is all the 40 LED bulbs powered simultaneously, which of course in reality hardly ever will be the case, so I reckon the system should well be able to generate its own power once installed and running.

    So yes I think LED bulbs are a great option today and open up possibilities to power them independently from the main grid using small solar powered systems.

    • Larmion

      One question: why?

      What’s the financial or environmental benefit of installing a separate circuit for your lighting only? Why not install a small solar array not linked to any specific function?

      After all, lighting demand will be highest in winter whereas production will be lowest. So you’d have to significantly overdimension your array to meet winter demand, thereby wasting a lot of power in summer.

      If you just have some grid-connected solar panels, you can feed summer excess into the grid and draw some extra power during winter. Cheaper, and more resource-efficient as you need fewer solar panels to achieve the same result.

      • Pieter Siegers

        Ah the reason is simple. I installed the small solar system myself back in 2007, not in use right now, and the LED bulbs make up for a good match. As I already mentioned, there is already overcapacity as the 40 LED bulbs will almost never be on at the same time… I calculate about a maximum of 20 or 25 at most.

  • timpster

    Let me say that as of now, the LED filament bulbs (the one I got, looks like absolute shit). Yeah, so just wait for that to get better.

    • Offgridman

      Which one did you try?

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