LED lighting penetrates more Middle East commercial properties

April 5, 2016
LuxLive Middle East will explore the latest in LED lighting technology and solid-state lighting (SSL) applications in the rapidly-growing region that Strategies Unlimited projects to experience a 13% ramp in LED luminaire deployments through 2022.

Our colleagues over at Lux Review have posted an article on their website that discussed the LED lighting sector specific to the Middle East or the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region. Despite the fact that the region is booming, especially in areas such as Dubai, the lighting market was not quick to adopt LED lighting technology. But owners of commercial properties are quickly adapting their way of thinking because increasingly solid-state lighting (SSL) is superior to legacy lighting in terms of light quality and color rendering, and because LED technology is resilient in the desert heat.

The Lux Review report notes that hospitality and similar applications are rapidly moving to LED lighting and networked controls to present the best possible customer experience even as the falling price of oil has impacted the economy. The growing use of LED lighting in fact led the Lux team to plan a LuxLive event that will take place April 13–14 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

Analysts at our sister PennWell organization Strategies Unlimited have projected that the LED luminaire market will grow at a 13% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) through 2022. The MEA luminaire market was worth $2.35 billion in 2015.

Ironically, the long-life and reliability of LEDs has come into play in a major way in the MEA region. LEDs will operate reliably in hot ambient conditions so long as the product design has proper thermal mitigation.

Lux also posted a story on new outdoor LED lighting in Dubai. The city is installing street lights with motion sensors that dim when traffic isn’t present. LED lighting is unique in its affinity for controls and dimming.

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Maury Wright | Editor in Chief

Maury Wright is an electronics engineer turned technology journalist, who has focused specifically on the LED & Lighting industry for the past decade. Wright first wrote for LEDs Magazine as a contractor in 2010, and took over as Editor-in-Chief in 2012. He has broad experience in technology areas ranging from microprocessors to digital media to wireless networks that he gained over 30 years in the trade press. Wright has experience running global editorial operations, such as during his tenure as worldwide editorial director of EDN Magazine, and has been instrumental in launching publication websites going back to the earliest days of the Internet. Wright has won numerous industry awards, including multiple ASBPE national awards for B2B journalism excellence, and has received finalist recognition for LEDs Magazine in the FOLIO Eddie Awards. He received a BS in electrical engineering from Auburn University.