Lighting Market for Lamps and LEDs Worth $78.3 Billion by 2016
LED (or solid-state) lighting devices will record by far the fastest global market gains of any major product segment through 2016. Historically, demand for LEDs used in lighting applications has been restrained by both high product prices and technical deficiencies in the quality and diffusion of light. However, the rapid rate of technological advances is dramatically improving their performance capabilities and resulting in substantial reductions in cost, leading to LED use in a growing number of lighting applications. Sales of fluorescent lamps will continue to grow, spurred in the near term by government-led efforts to phase out usage of energy-inefficient general service conventional incandescent lamps in many areas. While compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) have generally been the replacement product of choice, sales are expected to be more limited going forward partly due to rising concern for safe disposal of spent CFLs (which is complicated by the incorporation of mercury into the lamps) and competition from LEDs which are benefitting from reduced prices and improved performance.