“Possibilities are endless…”

The Centre For Industrial Studies (CSIL) at Milan (Italy) is an independent research and consulting company specialised in applied economic research, evaluation of public investment projects, infrastructure project appraisal, support to development programmes and policies, market analysis and SMEs’ economics. In an exclusive e-interview, Co-founder of CSIL, Aurelio Volpe is talking on the potential of LED lighting to the editorial team of Lighting India. Excerpts…

How is CSIL connected to the field of Lighting?

CSIL was born, as a cooperative of young market researchers together with some skilled industry veterans, just 40 years ago. The first Reports on decorative lighting were made at that time for the “Euroluce” Lighting Fair, in Milan. Late Eighties, we started publishing a Yearly Report on the European market, for both professionals and consumers. Our early reports on overseas market date late Nineties; and around 2005, the first Specific Report on the LED lighting industry worldwide.

How do you foresee the future of the Indian Lighting Market?

The consumption of Lighting in India (yearly expenses to buy lighting devices) is still just 2-3 USD pro capite (per capita), while it is 10-15 USD in China, Russia or Mexico, and 30-50 USD per person in the most developed countries. So, the potential is incredible.

Can LED be used in all pockets of lighting?

It is at least five years that LED lighting can be used everywhere. Till 10 years ago, it was not suggested for indirect lighting, but it was long time ago. In the coming future, we can imagine OLED solutions for jewelries or ambient lighting, but not dramatic alternatives are on the way.

How is IoT yielding convenience to optimise Lighting?

There are three levels of applications: apps to control your lights, apps that deliver value back to who owns the lights and apps that deliver value to the entire community.

The first one helps in saving energy via motion-based dimming and manages maintenance. The second one class of apps provide video or audio information (sensors that cities or companies can use to help people find open parking spots, safety and surveillance are all in this category). The third category is planetary data: earthquake detection, global warming data, sunlight detection.

Possibilities are endless, but some deserve particular attention, such as Wi-Fi access points for reinforcing the public connection network; integration with free parking spaces identification systems to inform citizens via special apps; Tourism: providing information about historic or cultural places of interest and services like ticket purchases or event information directly on visitors’ electronic devices.

Today the yearly market of connected luminaires is just tenth million units (on somewhat as 2 billion luminaires sold per year). It will be a market of hundreds million units in 3-5 years.

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