Shipments of smart wireless lighting products including smart LED light bulbs and other wireless controls such as dimmers, switches and controllers will reach 400 million by 2019, according to ON World’s April 2015 consumer survey with 1,000+ U.S. consumers. Widespread adoption of smart wireless LED light bulbs will make the residential sector the largest smart lighting market at this time.
ON World’s survey found that 19% want to buy a smart wireless LED light bulb within the next two years. Smart LED light bulb sales have increased by 2900% in 2014 compared with 2012. By 2019, annual shipments for smart wireless LED light bulbs will increase by over 4000%.
Retail sales of smart wireless lighting continues to accelerate with smart LED light bulbs now outselling other market segments such as switches, dimmers, plugs and sensors. Drivers include sub $15 smart wireless LED bulbs, ZigBee Light Link for vendor interoperability and promotion by the Connected Lighting Alliance, along with seamless integration with smart home hubs by Belkin (WeMo), Connect (Staples), Lowe’s (IRIS), Samsung (SmartThings), WINK (Home Depot) and others.
ZigBee has emerged as the leading smart wireless lighting technology. The success of ZigBee LED light bulbs has made it a consumer-friendly technology with ZigBee smart bulb products currently available from Belkin, GE, Cree, LG, Osram Sylvania and Philips. However, the number of smart LED bulbs using Bluetooth is rapidly growing with recent offerings from Elgato, Satechi, Sengled and Misfit.
Bluetooth Smart Mesh is ZigBee's biggest threat with pre-standard products launching this year such as Feit Electric’s HomeBrite product line. By the end of 2019, Bluetooth will become the second largest smart lighting technology up from 7% of residential unit sales in 2014.
Source: ON World