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A new report, “Smart Lighting Markets 2014 Volume II: Products, Companies and Technologies,” has just been published by NanoMarkets. This report details the key product/market strategies and trends in the smart lighting space, pinpointing where leading firms are seeing the most profitable opportunities. The other volume in this series will be published in May 2014 and will provide in-depth analysis of the markets for smart lighting, including granular eight-year forecasts.

For details of the Volume I report, please see:

About the report

NanoMarkets has been covering the smart lighting market for four years and has acquired an understanding of the key applications, technologies and companies in this rapidly expanding business. This year, we have considerably extended the report coverage to include analysis beyond energy-savings smart lighting. In particular, we have fully analyzed the emerging markets for smart mood and health lighting and the budding market for visible light communications. The applications areas covered in this report comprise: residential buildings, commercial and industrial buildings, government and public buildings, streetlights and other outdoor lighting, and transportation. The report also focuses on how smart lighting products and firms will evolve in the Internet-of-Things (IoT) era.

Companies discussed in this report include Acuity Brands, CommScope, Control4, Daintree, Digital Lumens, Eastfield, GE, Honeywell, Johnson Controls, Leedarson, Lutron, Marvell, NXP, Osram, GE, LG, Philips, Redwood, STMicroelectronics, Synergy, Trane and Zonoff

Because of our years of coverage in this field, NanoMarkets believes that our 2014 reports provide the best information and analysis available on the current trends in the smart lighting sector. We believe that these reports will prove of value to executives throughout the lighting, semiconductor, sensor and networking industries.

From the report

As NanoMarkets has been predicting for some time, the next big thing in smart lighting is mood lighting. For example, Osram is developing dynamic lighting systems that provide an “indoor sky” effect, with bluer tones in the morning and redder light in the evening. And Philips recently launched a connected lighting system where every cubicle in an office building will have its own sensors, providing workers with control over their own light and temperature settings using their smart phones. Mood lighting appears to have considerable potential in homes and hospitals. However, while there is considerable evidence that lighting can change mood and behavior, there are skeptics – including some in the medical community – who think that smart mood lighting will turn out to be a fad. Pricing is also an issue – benefits such as improved worker productivity or better outcomes for patients are harder to quantify than energy efficiency.

Smart lighting vendors will increasingly provide interconnections to building automation systems (BAS) and other networks. Such developments have been lacking for some time, but both BAS and smart lighting firms now see them as an opportunity in the IoT era. A good example of the current direction that smart lighting firms are taking their products is Daintree’s “Enterprise Internet of Things” approach which will integrate smart lighting with HVAC control and even incorporates sensing of environmental air quality and humidity.

The mainstream suppliers of BAS have been wary of providing lighting management capability, but this is changing. Honeywell has partnered with Control4 to integrate Honeywell’s security systems with Control4’s home automation systems. Trane has partnered with GE to integrate GE’s Modular Lighting Control Solution into Trane’s BAS.

NanoMarkets also believes that some firms will be able to gain advantages in the smart lighting market by creating proprietary networking features on their products. One example is NXP’s JenNet network which is an enhanced version of an IEEE open standard. Another is the Z-Wave protocol sponsored by Zensys. However, NanoMarkets cautions that– like most innovations based on IT – smart lighting strategies based on networking tend to be short-lived because they are easily copied. Generally such inventions also need a strong branding campaign to make them work for any extended period of time

About NanoMarkets

NanoMarkets tracks and analyzes emerging market opportunities in lighting, energy and electronics markets created by developments in advanced materials. The firm has published many reports on lighting including smart lighting and OLED lighting.