Lighting industry has come of age and LED is driving the industry all over the world.
Industry body Electric Lamp and Component Manufacturers’ Association (ELCOMA) reports that the Indian LED lighting market has grown from Rs 500 crore in 2010 to over Rs 10,000 crore currently. Going forward, LED lighting is set to extend the momentum thanks to the government’s push towards adoption of LEDs and their general consumer popularity.

However, the growing demand for LED lighting has also led to an increase in sales of unsafe and illegal products. According to a recent Nielsen study conducted across 4 major Indian cities – New Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad; 76 per cent of LED bulb brands and 71 per cent of LED downlighter brands surveyed across 200 electrical retail outlets were found to be non-compliant with desired consumer safety standards. Here we take a closer look at how the Indian market is impacted due to imports of spurious and non-branded LED products.

Further, as per a new research report by Global Market Insights, the market share for smart lighting market is expected to cross US$ 24 billion by 2024 driven by worldwide initiatives for smart city development and the growing popularity of home and building automation systems in residential, commercial, and industrial sectors. India remains among the top destinations for smart lighting solutions due to increasing focus on energy efficiency and smart city development. Here we present you a range of articles that cover varied aspects ‘smart’ lighting.

Of all the digital transformation technologies, the Internet of Things (IoT) is the most disruptive. This time we discuss the changing role of the lighting designers in the age of the IoT. As the industry transits from being solely focussed on architectural lighting design to incorporating the smart features of the IoT, the author describes how Lighting Design of Things or LDoT will transform the lighting space. I hope you’ll enjoy reading these interesting articles, as always.

In October, New Delhi will open its doors for Light India 2018 – one of the largest shows on lighting. Taking place during 11-13 October, the show will bring together the key players in the lighting industry from across the globe to showcase their latest technologies and innovations. Lighting India, being the media partner for this international event, will bring an event special supplement. We invite your company to participate in this special issue.

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