Global intelligent lighting enters the high-speed development stage, lighting manufacturers seek transformation.

The Hong Kong International Spring Lighting Fair, hosted by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, was opened at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on April 6. The four-day exhibition (April 6th to April 9th) brought together more than 1300 companies from nearly 20 countries and regions. The show presented a spectacular feast of lighting products and the latest technology to the visitors.

“Celebrity Lighting Gallery” continues to be the highlight of the lighting show, presenting more than 200 brands, including graffiti intelligence, Mulinsen, TCL Lighting and TE-Connectivity, to showcase a wide variety of lighting products and technologies with exceptional design and functionality. The new “Smart Lighting and Lighting Solutions” exhibition area opened last year was also re-visited to showcase a variety of new smart lighting systems, remote controls, accessories and lamps.

Smart lighting will undoubtedly become the most eye-catching product in all kinds of lighting products. The term “smart lighting” is not unfamiliar to the industry, but the actual use of LED lighting products is not long.

Since 2016, many well-known lighting companies in China, such as NVC Lighting and Mulinsen, have begun to turn to build high-end, intelligent product platforms. The AIoT (artificial intelligence + Internet of Things), which provides smart solutions for traditional lighting companies Platform-based companies are also taking advantage of this trend, and cross-border companies such as Haier are also seeking new opportunities for cooperation. In 2017, with the continuous improvement of intelligent lighting technology, the ecology of the industrial chain, and the active promotion of manufacturers, the global intelligent lighting market has entered a period of rapid development.

Due to the continuous development of the era and technology, users have higher and higher requirements for the experience of lighting products, and intelligent lighting is everywhere humanized. Coinciding with industrial upgrading and supply-side reforms at the national level, it is also a powerful guarantee and backing for the development of smart lighting.

Intelligent lighting also facilitates centralized control and management, which facilitates cost control and optimization. In large-scale lighting systems, such as street lighting and building lighting, smart lights can automatically adjust the light brightness according to the sky color changes, and can also automatically detect whether the loop is operating normally, and transmit information back to the information center through the network in real time, and can also consume power every day. The quantity is counted out so that the manager can optimize the cost control.

In addition, intelligent lighting also has the advantages of energy saving, convenience, and easy control. The rise of the Internet of Things also allows companies to introduce the necessity of networked lighting. Therefore, in the commercial and industrial lighting market, the demand for intelligent lighting has grown rapidly. Under the digital development, intelligent lighting will bring more new business models and value enhancement to these two fields, and will gradually replace traditional lighting and become mainstream products.

At this stage, industrial and commercial accounts for 60% of the total scale of smart lighting, and home smart lighting is still in its infancy, but it has the fastest growth rate.

At present, the global smart lighting market still needs to rely on the continued expansion of public infrastructure, and the biggest promoter is the construction of smart cities and smart buildings. Thanks to government support, major cities in the world are pushing for smart city plans and the application of smart lighting in the public sector will continue to be given priority.

In recent years, the state has vigorously advocated the policy orientation of low-carbon and environmental protection. The urban lighting project has also started from various aspects such as program design, light source selection, and material selection, reducing the use cost, and achieving the effect of energy saving and power saving. In recent years, with the vigorous development of urban lighting projects, smart lighting has gradually entered the public view. The typical usage scenario is “intelligent buildings”, which can achieve precise operation, which means which is bright, and energy-efficient.

Intelligent lighting has the advantages of energy saving, convenience, and easy control. The rise of the Internet of Things also allows companies to introduce the necessity of networked lighting. Therefore, in the commercial and industrial lighting market, the demand for intelligent lighting has grown rapidly. Data shows that in 2017, industrial and commercial lighting accounted for 60% of the global smart lighting market. Under the digital development, intelligent lighting will bring more new business models and value enhancements to these two fields.

In contrast, although the actual number of households adopting intelligent lighting is still a small number, the application of smart home lighting will gradually become more common as consumers’ living standards improve, relevant policies are promoted (supply-side structural reforms) and the promotion of manufacturers. .

The relevant agencies estimate that residential lighting will account for 23% of the global smart lighting market in 2017, and will increase to 31% in 2020. In the next few years, smart lighting and smart home will develop in parallel and will become the fastest growing application areas.

In recent years, global lighting manufacturers have adopted different strategies to accelerate the transformation and upgrading, and successively gave up general-purpose lighting with low profits, and attacked smart lighting with higher profits and better prospects.

At present, lighting manufacturers that have transformed abroad faster include Philips Lighting, OSRAM, Cree, GE, LEDVANCE, LIFX, and Acuity Brands. Domestic manufacturers such as Foshan Lighting, Jiajie Xinyuan, Huaiju Lighting, Kaiyao Lighting and other companies have achieved interconnection and interoperability between lighting products and remote control of smart terminals through their own R&D and cross-border cooperation.

Although smart lighting will spread to every corner in the future, its market prospects are immeasurable. However, there are still some problems at this stage.

The communication protocol is torn: The adoption of private communication protocols by different lighting companies is one of the obstacles to the development of smart lighting. At present, there are various communication protocols on the market, which cause the platforms provided by various manufacturers to be unable to interconnect and interoperate, which causes great difficulties for the development of the intelligent lighting industry.

The threshold for transformation is high: Traditional lighting companies want to implement smart product upgrades, but also face many problems such as long development cycle, high cost, difficulty, incompatibility, and failure to globalize. From product concept design to final mass production, it usually takes half a year to a year to allow companies to respond to market demands and competition in a timely manner. The large amount of manpower and capital investment has moved millions, and high-cost investment has increased the company’s business risks.

Inadequate intelligence: Most of the current smart lighting is not really “intelligent”, but also simply dimming. Scenery, automation, linkage with other smart devices can be called true smart lighting.

The lighting system in a smart city is too large to be completed by a single lighting company alone. It needs a platform-based AIoT (artificial intelligence + internet of things) company that can integrate upstream and downstream resources to coordinate the overall industry and lead the way with home appliances including lighting companies. It is the best solution and the future trend for manufacturers to join forces and enter the market of smart lighting, smart homes and smart cities.