The latest round of shipment indices for lighting products tracked by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), Rosslyn, VA, gives us a snapshot of shifts underway in various lighting technologies during the third quarter of 2016.
LED A-line lamps continue to grow, accounting for 32.4% of the market in third quarter 2016, and posting a 124.2% increase in shipments compared to 3Q 2015. They posted a 65.1% quarter-over-quarter increase in the third quarter of 2016 compared to the previous quarter. Halogen, incandescent and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) all posted quarter-to-quarter decreases, 7.5%, 17.2%, and 12.8% respectively. Incandescent lamp shipments actually showed a 5.6% increase in 3Q 2016 compared to 3Q 2015 while halogen and CFLs posted 11% and 53.9% decreases for the same time period.
Halogen A-line lamps accounted for 44.5% of the consumer lamp market in 3Q 2016, while CFLs captured 13.2% and incandescents 10%. NEMA said the incandescent A-line lamps shipped largely consist of 15W and 25W lamps.
NEMA’s shipment index for high intensity discharge (HID) lamps continued to decline in the third quarter of 2016. Compared to the same quarter last year, metal halide lamp shipments fell 25.4%, sodium vapor lamps decreased by 15.2%, and shipments of mercury vapor lamps decreased by 11.0%.
Metal halide lamps accounted for 60.3% of the HID market in 3Q 2016, while sodium vapor and mercury vapor account for 35.6% and 4.2% respectively.
Since 2014 the linear florescent lamp index has been on a downward trend and that trend continued in 3Q 2016. The index for T8 lamps which account for 63.0% of the consumer lamp market decreased on a year-over-year basis by 27.3% in 3Q 2016 compared to 3Q 2015. T5 and T8 shipments also continued to decline decreasing by 27.7% and 27.3% respectively on a year-over-year basis.
NEMA/BIS has added T-LED shipments to the market penetration graph to begin tracking their impact on the market. When more historical data is available T-LED shipments will be added to the index, NEMA said. In 3Q 2016 T-LEDs accounted for 12.8% of the linear lamp shipments.
NEMA’s overall Lighting System Shipment Index, a measure of demand for lighting equipment, decreased by 9.7% in 3Q 2016 compared to 3Q 2015 and by 4.7% compared to the previous quarter (2Q 2016). The decrease was driven by all components of the index which includes fixtures, emergency lighting, ballast, and lamp – large and miniature – components which all posted year-over-year decreases, NEMA said.