LED Lights up the Middle East

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and electricity demand through 2025, with clearly established targets in place. One of the easiest demand-side measures that can achieve this goal is to overhaul the lighting within buildings and at a city level, presenting market potential for LED (light-emitting diodes) in the region.

Various measures are being implemented, like adopting global energy-efficiency standards, imposing additional import tariffs on, and even outright banning general illumination lamps. Facilitating this evolution is a steady fall in LED product prices and improving performance.

The recent research from Frost & Sullivan's Energy & Environment Growth Partnership Service program examines evolving trends in the LED lighting systems, lamps, and luminaries market. The GCC LED lighting market will reach revenues of $1.97 billion in 2020.

GCC is forecasted to be one of the fastest growing markets. GCC governments push to phase out inefficient lighting, such as incandescent bulbs or high-intensity discharge street lamps.

Digitalization of light in the region is a mega trend that will see a surge in adoption in the short term. Connected lighting indoor positioning systems are being used to enhance the shopping experience in supermarkets, and light-as-a-service is being offered to reduce electricity consumption. These will become mainstream features across the GCC.

Dubai’s outdoor lighting program for demand side management aims to retrofit 75% of lighting systems with LED fixtures across the country’s roads, streets, and parks, with an aim to achieve savings of up to 300 gigawatt hours in energy consumption by 2030.

The construction industry will help light up the Middle East with LED and smart lighting, as the technology becomes more widely used across the region and also across the globe.

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