Integrated vs. Non-Integrated Luminaires

As time goes on, it is becoming more and more apparent that LED lighting will soon take over. With the current ban of 40W through 100W incandescent light bulbs and the dropping prices of LED lighting, it is no surprise that LED lighting is the lighting of the present and will be lighting of the future. However, LED lighting was first, or in some cases still is, introduced into the market to replicate the incumbent technology so that consumers don’t get scared away by a lighting system that they can’t associate with their old one. What I mean here is that having a fixture where the consumer can physically take out the lamp and replace it if it burns out. Today, there seems to be plenty of interest in fixtures/luminaires where the lamp could be replaced.

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As time goes on, it is becoming more and more apparent that LED lighting will soon take over. With the current ban of 40W through 100W incandescent light bulbs and the dropping prices of LED lighting, it is no surprise that LED lighting is the lighting of the present and will be lighting of the future. However, LED lighting was first, or in some cases still is, introduced into the market to replicate the incumbent technology so that consumers don’t get scared away by a lighting system that they can’t associate with their old one. What I mean here is that having a fixture where the consumer can physically take out the lamp and replace it if it burns out. Today, there seems to be plenty of interest in fixtures/luminaires where the lamp could be replaced. These are what we call non-integrated luminaires since the lamp could be replaced after they burn out and the luminaire is still functional. These solutions are very appealing to certain users and applications. We have found that non-integrated luminaire solutions are appealing to building managers, contractors, and electricians. Non-integrated luminaires might offer longer life and energy savings when compared to fluorescent lighting; however, they are more than often lacking in light quality. Integrated luminaires1 appear to resonate more with applications that prioritize light quality, such as high-end retail stores, hospitality, healthcare, and offices.

Though non-integrated luminaires seem to be more in demand for now, the integrated luminaires will be bigger in market size in the coming years as they offer longer term benefits and savings. There are currently luminaire form factors where integrated or modular luminaire solutions make up more than 50 percent of the LED luminaire shipments. With integrated solutions, the consumer will not only have better light quality but also the potential for better connectivity with controls.

This projection does however vary with respect to the applications or projects that LED lighting is going into. For instance, applications where the lighting designer or artist would like more flexibility in their design may just decide to concentrate on the design of the luminaire and use a light source that could just be plugged in rather than being integrated. The global luminaire report will give current market evaluations of all technologies along with market data for integrated and non-integrated LED luminaires.

The report provides analysis on the following major general lighting luminaire form factors: downlights, troffers, tracklights, high-bay, streetlights, and suspended pendants. The current market size of integrated vs. non-integrated solutions will be provided along with forecast of how the landscape is projected to change in the coming years.

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1 We classify all luminaires that do not have a replacement lamp as an integrated solution; modular solutions are classified as integrated solutions as well.

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