UNESCO has declared
May 16 as the International Day of Light, with the aim of making a global
audience aware of the importance of light and lighting technologies. How do consumers rate their own
knowledge of light? What causes the greatest confusion? And how open and
up-to-date are they with regard to future issues of lighting technology?
A recent representative survey conducted by Research Now on behalf of
LEDVANCE answers these questions.
light bulbs are considered as a commodity category product, we generally
undervalue the importance of lighting to our daily life and well-being. At LEDVANCE, we try to communicate more on the
lighting benefits of our products since human beings spend a lot more time
under artificial lighting,” explained Wolfgang Mailaender, Head of Marketing
for the United States and Canada, LEDVANCE.
Mailaender further explained, “With choice can also come confusion as
demonstrated by the fact that our survey discovered that a majority of
Americans and Canadians, 77 percent and 69 percent respectively, have at some
time bought a lighting product for their household that was the wrong fit,
shape, size, and/or light temperature.
Our goal is to make it simpler for consumers to pick the right
SYLVANIA light for the right application, whether it’s LEDs, Smart LEDs or
traditional. The good news is that
people are turning to long-life, energy-efficient LED products, and in turn,
saving energy and resources and helping to preserve our planet.”
Lack of knowledge
about measurement units
Even though a majority have bought
the wrong lighting product that they needed, most consumers think they are
better informed than they really are. 71 percent of consumers in the United
States and Canada responded that the advantages and disadvantages of different
lighting technologies ranging from (smart) LEDs to classic incandescent lamps
are completely or at least sufficiently clear to them. When questioned on relevant
measurement units such as the ones that have been printed on lamp or luminaire
packaging for quite some time, the wheat was soon separated from the chaff. 77 percent of respondents in the United
States and 80 percent in Canada were still able to correctly assign watts to
energy consumption. Kelvin and lumen, on the other hand, which are important
measurement units in the LED world, were only identified by about half – 58
percent in both the US and Canada and 58 percent in the US and 61 percent in
Canada, respectively – as indications of color temperature and luminous flux.
According to Dr. Oliver Vogler, Head
of Strategy and Marketing at LEDVANCE, this is a problem because “the color
temperature and its kelvin value provide information about the light color –
ranging from daylight white (from 5300 K) and cool white (3300 to 5300 K) to warm
white (up to 2700 K). The luminous
flux given in lumens tells you how much light the lamp gives out. So for
energy-efficient LEDs, the crucial value for brightness is no longer watts, but
lumens.” Germany finished behind every other
country when it came to identifying these measurements with only 33 percent of
all respondents correctly assigned all the units. The British, French, Swedish,
Americans, Canadians, Brazilians and Chinese on the other hand achieved between
40 and 50 percent. The Italians were top with 55 percent.
Shopping list surprises
If you are wondering which lighting
technologies consumers are looking for at their local DIY store or on the
internet, you would not be surprised to find LED technology – either with or
without smart functions – high on the list. 58 percent of Americans and 55 percent of
Canadians look for LED, and 31 percent and 26 percent look for Smart LED
products. What is surprising, however,
is that old technologies still feature prominently with
Human Centric Lighting: urgent need for information
Human Centric Lighting (HCL) – or
“the right light at the right time” – is one of the major trends right now in
the lighting industry, and there is plenty of hype surrounding it. It is
scientifically proven that artificial light that closely simulates the changes
in natural daylight can help make a valuable contribution to establishing and
stabilizing human day/night biorhythms, which can help boost our sense of
well-being and improve our health.
In response to the question on the
biological effect of artificial light on the human body, the majority of U.S.
and Canadian respondents (around 72 percent) indicated however that they either
did not believe it or knew nothing about it. Nevertheless, two thirds (66
percent) saw an advantage in using artificial light to stimulate body and spirit
according to their individual needs. People are therefore generally open-minded
about HCL. 62 percent of the respondents, for example, indicated that the
biological effects of light would have a major influence on their purchasing
decisions if they knew enough about it. However, that is obviously not yet the
In conclusion, Vogler added, “At
LEDVANCE, we consider it our responsibility to provide more information on the
huge contribution that good light can make on the well-being of each and every
one of us.”
more information go to https://www.ledvance.com/news-and-stories/stories/international-day-of-light/.
ABOUT THE LEDVANCE INTERNATIONAL CONSUMER STUDY
The international consumer study was conducted on behalf of LEDVANCE by the renowned international market research institute Research Now at the end of 2017 and the start of 2018 in a total of nine countries throughout the world – Germany, Great Britain, France, Italy, Sweden, USA, Canada, Brazil and China. The online survey was based on a representative cross-section of the “online population” in age groups from 18 to 60, with different levels of education and income and from the various regions. In the United States and Canada, over 3,000 were surveyed.
With offices in more than 50 countries and business activities in more than 140 countries, LEDVANCE is one of the world's leading general lighting providers for professional users and end consumers. Having emerged from the general lighting business of OSRAM GmbH, LEDVANCE offers a wide-ranging assortment of LED luminaires for a broad spectrum of application areas, intelligent lighting products for Smart Homes and Buildings, one of the largest LED lamps portfolios in the industry, and traditional light sources. Since March 2018, the leading Chinese LED lighting company MLS is the sole owner of LEDVANCE. In March 2017, LEDVANCE was acquired by a consortium, consisting of MLS and the investment firms IDG Capital and Yiwu. In fiscal year 2017, LEDVANCE achieved a turnover of around 1.9 billion Euro. Based on an agreement with OSRAM, LEDVANCE will continue to use the trusted OSRAM brand for many of its products (SYLVANIA for the USA and Canada). Further information can be found at www.ledvance.com.
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