Replacement by LEDs in Outdoor Lighting Leads to Decline in High Intensity Discharge (HID) Bulb Sales, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

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GIA announces the release of a comprehensive global report on High Intensity Discharge (HID) Bulbs markets. Global market for High Intensity Discharge (HID) Bulbs is forecast to decline to US$2.2 billion by 2018, primarily due to the rising popularity of LED lighting in outdoor lighting applications.

High Intensity Discharge (HID) Bulbs: A Global Strategic Business Report

Follow us on LinkedIn – High Intensity Discharge (HID) bulbs represent the most common lighting technology in outdoor, commercial and industrial applications. Sodium vapor lamps are predominantly used in street lighting, while metal halide bulbs are widely used in high-bay and low-bay fixtures in large light quantity areas such as warehouses, factories, etc. Though originally intended for high-bay/high-ceiling and outdoor applications, use of HID bulbs spread to retail applications with the introduction of Ceramic Metal Halide (CMH) bulbs that offer superior color rendering than its predecessors. CMH bulbs are also cannibalizing the share of high pressure sodium (HPS) bulbs in outdoor applications, especially street lighting. In addition to the preferred white light, CMH bulbs are touted to significantly cut down annual electricity consumption of streetlights and also last approximately 2-3 years longer than HPS bulbs.

The 2007-2009 economic recession resulted in a slowdown of the HID bulbs market. Public infrastructure cutbacks resulted in cancellations and postponement of upgrade projects involving street lighting systems, thus contributing to the decline in growth during the period. The market however recovered in the year 2010, supported by post-recession resurgence in growth fundamentals such as recovery in GDP growth, employment rates, incomes levels, discretionary incomes, rise in consumer/business confidence, and rebound in manufacturing, construction and infrastructure development activity, among others.

HID enjoys a strong position in street lighting, where LED lighting is yet to penetrate in a significant way. LED based street lighting is not considered competitive for the present. However, with continued research and technological advancements, LED bulbs are expected to become the ideal alternatives to HID bulbs in the future. The transformation is expected to take place in a phased manner spread throughout the coming decade. In the interim, manufacturers of HID bulbs are leaving no stone unturned to improve the performance of the bulbs.

While HIDs are expected to be cannibalized by LEDs in the outdoor/street lighting segment, in industrial applications, the threat comes from high intensity fluorescent bulbs. High-intensity fluorescents are competing head on with HIDs in industrial, commercial and institutional lighting, especially in ceilings more than 15 feet high. Newly developed high-intensity fluorescent bulbs with specially designed reflectors have enabled the bulbs to go beyond the 15 feet limitation and compete directly with HID bulbs in this segment.

Additionally, HID bulbs are facing impending threat from high efficiency plasma lights. Advanced plasma light sources offer numerous benefits over HIDs as well as LEDs. Lower maintenance costs and rugged architecture for long burning life make high efficiency plasma bulbs an ideal replacement for incumbent HID. High-bay interior luminaires include lighting in warehouses, garages, gyms, retail stores, among others, where the floor to ceiling height is more than 6 meters. In these applications, due to the height factor, maintenance cost is generally high and high efficiency plasma light bulbs are expected to offer significant savings on this front because of their longer lifespan.

As stated by the new market research report on High Intensity Discharge (HID) Bulbs, Asia-Pacific and Western Europe dominate the global market.

Major companies covered in the report include Acuity Brands Inc., Bulbrite Industries Inc., Contrac Lighting, Crompton Greaves Ltd., EYE Lighting International of North America Inc., Feit Electric Company, General Electric Company, Halonix Limited, Havells India Limited, Koninklijke (Royal) Philips Electronics N.V., Larson Electronics LLC, Litetronics International Inc., NVC Lighting Technology Corporation, PIAA Corporation, OSRAM GmbH, Surya Roshni Ltd. and USHIO America Inc., among others.

The research report titled "High Intensity Discharge (HID) Bulbs: A Global Strategic Business Report" announced by Global Industry Analysts Inc., provides a comprehensive review of market trends, drivers, issues, and strategic industry activities of major companies worldwide. The report provides market estimates and projections in US dollars for major geographic markets including the US, Canada, Japan, Europe (France, Germany, Italy, UK, Spain, Russia, and Rest of Europe), Asia-Pacific (China, India, and Rest of Asia-Pacific), Middle East & Africa and Latin America (Brazil, and Rest of Latin America).

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About Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

Global Industry Analysts, Inc., (GIA) is a leading publisher of off-the-shelf market research. Founded in 1987, the company currently employs over 800 people worldwide. Annually, GIA publishes more than 1300 full-scale research reports and analyzes 40,000+ market and technology trends while monitoring more than 126,000 Companies worldwide. Serving over 9500 clients in 27 countries, GIA is recognized today, as one of the world's largest and reputed market research firms.

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