Controls market to double by 2017

The market for lighting controls devices in commercial buildings will double from 2010 to 2017, says IMS Research. Shipments of devices are predicted to increase from 29.6 million to 61.6 million. Most of these components will be connected ballasts that contain a connectivity technology such as Dali or ZigBee

IMS Research analyst Philip Maddocks said: ‘Reducing energy consumption to adhere to energy legislation is one of the main factors pushing forward the adoption of lighting control systems in commercial buildings.’

By the end of the forecast period, IMS Research predicts Dali to be the most used control protocol in lighting control systems, with total shipments reaching more than 90 million devices between 2010 and 2017.

Maddocks adds: ‘Wired technologies such as Dali will remain dominant over the forecast period because of the number of companies currently offering them, the reliability they offer, and the limitations and problems that can arise from using a wireless solution.’

IMS also projects 2013 will be a big year for radio-frequency embedded lamp – which can receive radio signals. Shipments will be more than 600,000 in 2013, rising to 11.7 million in 2017. The report said one of the most important drivers pushing the market forward is the ability to control lights using a smartphone. IMS expects that over the forecast period, most of these systems will offer remote access using an app, or cloud-based service.