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The French market for lamps and luminaires is estimated at over €4 billion

The global market for lamps and light bulbs, which includes a variety of lighting devices such as incandescent bulbs, halogen lamps, compact fluorescent lamps and LEDs, is experiencing substantial growth, driven mainly by increasing urbanization in developing countries and advances in LED technologies.

In 2020, the market was valued at $121.9 billion and is expected to reach $163.7 billion in 2027, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.3%.

Asia-Pacific dominates the market, with a 47.2% share.

Trends point to massive adoption of LEDs and smart lighting solutions, with a return of production to France, particularly for professional lighting products.

Growth potential lies in the automotive and construction sectors.

Production in France declined due to competition from Asian manufacturers. Exports rose slightly to $1.36 billion, while imports increased more sharply from $1.73 billion to $2.14 billion.

Trends in the French lighting market

The main trends are the growing penetration of LED technologies, the demand for intelligent lighting solutions and a changing regulatory environment that favors energy-efficient options.

Consumer spending on lighting is around €800 million, and the market for light bulbs is around 33 million units.

The market is divided between consumers, the automotive industry, the construction sector and public lighting.

Sales by French lamp and bulb manufacturers have fallen from 2.4 to 2.1 billion euros due to increased competition from Asian manufacturers and the discontinuation of conventional incandescent and halogen bulbs.

The ban on incandescent bulbs and certain types of halogen bulbs precipitated a restructuring of the entire sector, which after a downturn has entered a phase of stabilization.

The market is being driven by the adoption of LED technology and the renovation of obsolete systems. In commercial real estate, almost 80% of lighting installations are considered obsolete. However, the high initial costs and perceived complexity of the transition to LEDs are preventing the market from evolving more rapidly.

Smart lighting systems, usable from smartphones and capable of adjusting intensity and color, are taking their place in the market.

The number of companies and employees in the sector is declining.

Global players in the lamp and bulb industry

  • Signify The Dutch company Signify, formerly known as Philips Lighting, is a long-standing pioneer in the lighting sector.
  • Ledvance Ledvance, formerly part of Osram, Germany, has embraced the LED revolution.
  • GE Vernova, formerly GE Lighting , an icon of the American electrical landscape, GE Lighting has been lighting homes and businesses for over a century.

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1 Market overview

1.1 Presentation and market definition of lamps and bulbs

The light bulb and lamp market is composed of light bulbs (lighting devices, consisting of a transparent or translucent, gas-tight envelope containing a luminous body), lamps, and chandeliers.

There are several types of light bulbs, the main ones being incandescent bulbs, halogen lamps, compact fluorescent lamps, and LEDs. In addition, several consumer segments are to be distinguished. Households are not the only ones to consume lamps and bulbs, for decoration or maintenance.  Automobile and construction are two industries that require a large number of light bulbs and lamps. Public lighting is also an important customer sector.

The world market is growing due to the urbanization of developing countries. It should thus grow by 4.3% per year between 2020 and 2027 driven by the global construction market and the development of LED technologies, particularly in Asia.

The French market, for its part, is in a phase of decline in recent years with the complete change in the market structure and the strong competition from Asian countries The ban on incandescent and halogen light bulbs has led to an upheaval in the sector and the players have had to close their production lines, often without replacing them, due to a lack of know-how in LEDs. Most of the supply has been relocated to Asian countries The number of French players on this market and their turnover is therefore constantly declining.

The main trends are the massive use of LEDs (replacing other light bulbs) but also the increase in the use of smart lighting with the intensity, color, etc, being managed remotely on a smartphone. Finally, some players are relocating to France, particularly for professional lighting products with the aim to be as close as possible to customers, who are more demanding than private individuals.

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  • Chiffre d'affaires des fabricants d'appareils d'éclairage électrique
  • Commerce extérieur de lampes et luminaires
  • Principaux pays de destination des exportations de luminaires
  • Principaux pays d'origine des importations de lampes et ampoules
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Castorama revises its formula in France to boost sales - 28/03/2024
  • - Castorama sales down 4.8%.
  • - Brico Dépôt sales down 7%.
  • - Total sales in France down by almost 6%.
  • - Strategies: modernization of stores, reduction of floor space by 30%, transition to franchising, and transfer to the Brico Dépôt banner.
  • - By 2024-2025, 13 units will be specifically affected (2 franchised, 1 will become Brico Dépôt, 7 relaunched, and 3 reduced in size).
  • - 15% of Castorama and Brico Dépôt sales are generated by major works (kitchens, bathrooms) linked to moves.
  • - Introduction of Screwfix in France, with 23 current stores, planned to reach 15 more by 2024 and 600 in the long term.
Do-it-yourself bubble bursts, Leroy Merlin and Castorama tighten the screws - 15/10/2023

The health crisis had kept the French at home, and led to furniture purchases and building work.

For the first half of its financial year ending July 31, 2023, Kingfisher has announced a 3.8% drop in sales for Castorama, and even more for sister chain Brico Dépôt.

The Fédération des magasins de bricolage, the French federation of DIY stores, reported a small gain of 1.3% in value, a mini-progression which, with inflation, conceals a 3.5% year-on-year drop in volumes.

Kingfisher, which is developing its specialized Screwfix brand in France, and dedicated areas at Brico Dépôt

Alliance between Mr Bricolage, Castorama and Brico Dépôt - 24/05/2023
  • Partner companies: Kingfisher (Castorama, Brico Dépôt), and Mr Bricolage
  • Creation of Unio, a joint purchasing group
  • Castorama and Brico Dépôt outlets: 218
  • Castorama and Brico Dépôt sales: £4.4 billion (FY 2022-23)
  • Mr Bricolage and Les Briconautes outlets: 977 (at January 1)
  • International stores (Mr Bricolage and Les Briconautes): 74
  • Sales volume of the Mr.Bricolage and Les Briconautes networks: 2.4 billion euros (in 2022)
Régis Mathieu, the goldsmith of light - 18/05/2023

Régis Mathieu makes French chandeliers shine around the world

In the Lubéron region and 30 years of restoration work

Mathieu Lustrerie participates in the sets for Maïwenn's Jeanne du Barry with Johnny Depp

76th Cannes Film Festival

Pompadour chandelier re-edited for Indian owner

Museum and workshop open to the public free of charge in Luberon

Lights on 60 years of Porsche 911" exhibition

Chandeliers in French historical monuments, including the Château de Versailles, the Louvre Museum, the Paris and Monaco Operas

Arthur, Régis's son in pilot training at Porsche

Inès, daughter of Régis, joined the company a few months ago

General Electric benefits from aeronautics - 25/04/2023

General Electric (GE) first-quarter global sales:

Increase of 14% to $14.5 billion.

Sales increase in aerospace division: 25%.

Renewable energies division sales down 1%.

Sales in traditional energies division up 9%.

GE first-quarter 2022 net loss: $1.1 billion.

GE first-quarter net income: $7.4 billion.

Full-year adjusted earnings per share forecast: between $1.70 and $2 (low range raised from previous forecast of $1.60 to $2).

GE share price increase before the Wall Street opening: 1.8%.

Planned separation of GE's energy and aerospace businesses: early 2024.

GE raises its guidance after a good 1st quarter - 25/04/2023

Full-year earnings forecast: adjusted earnings between $1.70 and $2 per share (previously $1.60-2).

Cash flow forecast: between $3.6 billion and $4.2 billion ($200 million increase at lower end of range).

First-quarter cash flow: $102 million.

First-quarter sales: $14.49 billion (up 14% year-on-year).

FactSet analysts' consensus for first-quarter sales: $13.10 billion.

First-quarter sales for the Aeronautical Division up 25%.

First-quarter sales for the renewable energies division: down 1%.

First-quarter sales for the Energy Division: up 9%.

First-quarter adjusted earnings: 27 cents per share (versus a loss of 9 cents per share a year earlier).

FactSet consensus for first-quarter earnings: 14 cents per share.

GE shares: up 1.4% to $101.53 in reaction to the announcements.

Companies quoted in this study

This study contains a complete overview of the companies in the market, with the latest figures and news for each company. :

Savant System
Xanlite Yantec
Castorama France (Kingfisher)
ABC Watts
Ampoules service
Aric Eclairage
Astro Lighting

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