From our Luximprint Creative Factories in The Netherlands, we source rapid prototypes for engineering applications in a wide selection of outdoor lighting designs, including solar lights, landscape lights and flood light options in support of the development of exterior illumination applications.
Outdoor Lighting Market Perspectives
Outdoor Lighting, the third-largest application in general lighting accounts for more than 10% of the total general lighting market (2016). In contrast to other applications, the outdoor market is more exposed to government and municipality decision making, and thus also more directly influenced by public policy interventions.
LED market share in the outdoor segment is estimated at around 45 percent at present (2016) and expected to increase to more than 70 percent by 2020. The forecast has been upward adjusted from last year due to faster LED price erosion as well as accelerated government and municipality initiatives, such as the LightSavers program by The Climate Group.[caption id="attachment_2295" align="alignnone" width="1024"] The Climate Group aims to cut carbon emission and reduce energy in the outdoor space by its Lightsavers Program. (Picture courtesy of TCG).[/caption]
The swifter LED penetration triggers faster substitution of traditional
lighting. As a consequence, our forecast for the market size of HID lamps, for instance, has decreased from that of last year. The market size forecast at a lamp and luminaire level has decreased from last year’s projections, too. However, we expect further growth of the market for outdoor lighting control systems over the time to come.
Rapid Prototyping Optics for Outdoor Lighting
At Luximprint, rapid prototyping optics for outdoor applications is one of our most common activities. In special, optics for street lighting applications pass by on a frequent basis. Our LED optics prototypes finds their way in outdoor applications for local parks, streets and on architectural features in an attempt to make outdoor space ideal for urban living.[caption id="attachment_2292" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Narrow beam optics used to accentuate a heritage wall in the outdoor space.[/caption]
Outdoor Lighting Lens Types
Common lens types include lens arrays, freeform optics, TIR optics and fresnel lenses. While there might be other, more challenging lens types to process, these solutions are most widely applied as we speak.
Among the key benefits of using arrays of lenses rather than individual items, are the mounting ease and decreased risk of assembly errors. Luximprint lens prototypes are of great help to build the initial prototypes for inspirational or functional use, or design validation.
In case you want to learn more about the possibilities in additive manufacturing for rapid optics prototyping, please contact us.
Market data source: McKinsey and Company, ‘Lighting The Way – Perspectives on the Global Lighting Market‘.