Sonepar Group experts comment on market trends.
The lamp was invented by Thomas Edison in 1879 and, although functional, its incandescent system was not efficient, presenting high energy consumption. Since then, the lighting segment has evolved with halogen, electronic and, finally, LED technology. Today, in addition to emitting light, lighting systems are increasingly sustainable and are integrated into complete automation and connectivity solutions.
According to Mauricio Gomes da Silva, promoter of Technical Sales at Dimensional, the market is increasingly demanding and intelligent management systems are essential. “Today the luminaires detect the presence of natural light and automatically control its incidence, dimming the lamps as needed, saving energy and guaranteeing the appropriate levels of light for each environment”, he comments. To give you an idea, the expectation is that the market for LED luminaires with integrated connection will grow by about 50% by 2025.
The demand for automation in lighting has also become more evident in manufacturing areas. For Alberto Vieira, lighting specialist at Eletronor, "the great advantages are the reduction in energy consumption and the increase in the useful life of products, generating savings in both energy and maintenance," he explains. In addition, a technology retrofit also allows greater uniformity in lighting, more safety and visual comfort for employees and, consequently, contributes to productivity.
Another great novelty is LI-FI, a technology that uses light waves for data transmission, with a communication capacity far superior to WI-FI. According to Luciano Dopke, Product Supervisor at DW, “LI-FI still needs to be improved and better disseminated, but it is already a reality and soon we will be able to use it very simply at home, in the office and in the industry” . The corporate environments will be the most favored by technology, due to the great need for information traffic and the practicality of reducing the volume of structured cabling in the facilities.
In addition, there is also a tendency to add photovoltaic systems for power generation and LED power, featuring a self-sufficient and fully sustainable system.
Thiago Sousa, Products consultant at Nortel, reinforces the importance of lighting projects and showing customers the advantages of acquiring high quality products, instead of just offering new technologies. “Through consolidated projects and studies, we are able to guarantee compliance with current regulations and highlight the great gains in efficiency, economy and sustainability”, he comments.
Within this context, Sonepar's robust technical team and its solid partnership with the main manufacturers in the market allow the offer of the best solutions to customers according to each need.