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February 24, 2020
The Future of Smart Lighting in India

The lighting domain has drastically evolved with the advent of time. From the year 1802 when Humphry Davy invented the first electric light using electricity and a piece of carbon, great minds have worked their hearts out to make lighting more and more accessible for the people. Today, the respective domain is ameliorating with the introduction of smart lighting solutions.

Smart lighting is a (lighting) technology that is specially designed to improve the energy efficiency and accessibility of the lighting solutions. It is powered by highly efficient and durable LED luminaires and fixtures that are often connected to smart lighting controls.

The top LED lighting manufacturers assert that India is one of the major countries that has embraced the LED lighting technology whole heartedly. The initiatives of the Indian government along with price reductions have surged the popularity of LEDs as the country is witnessing an increased adoption of LED lighting solutions across the commercial and residential sectors, public sectors, and smart building projects.

The Electric Lamp and Manufacturers Association of India (ELCOMA) reports that the Indian LED industry recorded a revenue of ₹20 billion in 2013, which further jumped to ₹120 billion in the following year. Interestingly, the respective revenue is likely to reach almost ₹370 billion in the year 2020.

The report by ELCOMA also claims that the Indian lighting industry is expected to bring down the total power consumption by almost 5% this year with the introduction of more energy efficient products in the market. Furthermore, a newly aware consumer force (with regard to efficiency and sustainability) has also acknowledged the adoption of LED lighting solutions as they work in-sync with various government schemes and awareness programmes. This is a great sign that asserts a promising future for smart lighting in India.

According to the leading commercial lighting manufacturers, modernization, development of smart cities and buildings, increased demand for smart street lighting solutions, need for energy efficiency, high adoption of LED lighting, and price subsidies are some of the primary factors that are likely to boost the popularity of smart lighting in India.

For instance, smart lighting solutions like Power over Ethernet (PoE), Human Centric Lighting (HCL), Smart Outdoors, etc. have already made their way in modern workspaces, healthcare, and various educational institutions.

Conclusion

Being one of the largest electricity consumers, India has always had a larger electricity demand-supply gap, with the lighting sector currently accounting for almost 18% of the total electricity consumption. Fortunately, there is rising consumer awareness in the country with regards to energy conservation and adoption of smart lighting solutions which will significantly help in reducing the electricity consumption and bridging the respective gap.

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