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Growth in Intelligent Lighting Controls

CLEAN tech research specialists Pike Research have issued a new report on the importance of intelligent lighting controls for reducing energy consumption and costs.

The report discusses that although lighting accounts for a significant portion of all global electricity use, surpassing 2,200 terawatt hours every year and costing up to $200 billion annually, the spread of intelligent lighting controls – which enable the lighting system to react to the actual conditions in a space – has been slowed by the expense of retrofitting existing buildings and the difficulty of installing centralised controls.

Though “advances” such as daylight harvesting have been available for many years, energy-efficiency measures in commercial and residential buildings have focused on temperature-control measures such as preventing air leakage and improving insulation factors. Today, however, the intelligent lighting controls market is expanding rapidly, and according to a recent report from Pike Research, growth in the next six years will be driven primarily by the office building and education markets.

Offices and education facilities will each represent a 27 percent share of intelligent lighting controls spending between 2011 and 2017, accounting for a 54 percent combined share over that period, says Pike Research president Clint Wheelock.

“Both the office and education segments have large existing building stocks, with high rates of new construction around the world,” adds Wheelock. “In particular, green building certification programmes have become increasingly prominent in these categories.”

Global revenue for the lighting controls market will increase from $1.3 billion to $2.6 billion by 2016, under Pike Research’s baseline forecast scenario. Under an aggressive growth scenario, the cleantech market intelligence firm estimates that the worldwide lighting controls market could grow as large as $3.5 billion within the same time period. The fastest growing commercial building segment will be the retail category, with a 20 percent compound annual growth rate.

One of the key factors affecting the deployment of intelligent lighting control systems is the cost of new construction versus retrofitting existing buildings. The challenges involved in installing such a system in an existing building can be significant, but for lighting controls to achieve their full energy savings potential, Pike Research believes that the retrofit market must receive increased attention.

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