Lighting business landscape

We are witnessing a number of trends and transitions that are affecting the lighting industry and changing the way people use and experience light.

We serve a large and attractive market that is driven by the need for more light, the need for energy-efficient lighting, and the need for digital lighting. The world’s population is forecast to grow from 7 billion today to over 9 billion people by 2050. At the same time, we are witnessing unprecedented urbanization, with over 70% of the world’s population expected to live in urban areas by 2050. These trends will increase demand for light. In addition, in the face of resource constraints and climate change, the world needs that light to be energy-efficient. At the same time, the lighting industry is moving from conventional to LED lighting, which is changing the way people use, experience and interact with light. LED technology, when combined with sensors, controls and software and linked into a network, is allowing light points to achieve a degree of intelligence. This is further opening up the possibility of new functionalities and services based on the transmission and analysis of data.

The lighting market is expected to grow by 3-5% per annum between 2013 and 2018. The majority of this growth will be driven by LED-based solutions and applications – heading towards a 60-65% share by 2018 – and growth geographies.


Growth geographies are the developing geographies comprising of Asia Pacific (excluding Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand), Latin America, Central & Eastern Europe, the Middle East (excluding Israel) and Africa.