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The French street lighting market is estimated at €2.3 billion

from 2020 onwards, the global street lighting market is undergoing a phase of transformation, driven by the integration of intelligent lighting solutions and the smart city trend. Aging infrastructures are in need of renewal, and many players are focusing on energy-efficient technologies such as LEDs. Although local authorities are faced with budgetary constraints, the need for ecological and economical answers remains imperative.

Globally, the LED segment of the street lighting market, valued at US$8.17 billion with expectations to reach US$11.04 billion by 2025, has shown robust growth, progressing at a CAGR of 5.35% between 2020 and 2025.

The French market, estimated at 2.3 billion euros, is forecast to grow thanks to the expansion and modernization of public lighting, with public opinion favoring these advances for reasons of safety and reduced consumption.

France, with its 10.5 million light points - 60% still made up of sodium vapor lamps and 15% converted to LEDs - illustrates the demand for replacement of obsolete systems to reduce energy consumption.According to the AFE, this renewal promises significant energy savings, estimated at between 40% and 70%.

Lighting energy consumption by local authorities accounts for 48% of their electricity costs and 18% of their overall energy expenditure.

The regulatory focus on energy efficiency is driving the market towards sustainable solutions.

The evolution of public lighting in France: a convergence of improvement and sustainability

In the French street lighting market, a shift towards sustainable and innovative solutions is underway. Public decision-makers are at the forefront of this transformation, closely followed by infrastructure service providers like Spie, equipment suppliers like Comatelec Schreder, and energy suppliers, including giants like EDF.

The focus is on network maintenance, but major investments are also being made in renewing ageing installations and optimizing energy consumption. With some 10.5 million light points spread across France, 25% are over 25 years old.

Obsolete sodium vapour and mercury vapour lamps account for the bulk of the stock and need to be replaced. LED technology, which represents only around 15% of the lighting stock, is far more energy-efficient.

Public opinion is decisive, as safety and night-time visibility are the main concerns of over 90% of French residents.

Energy consumption and public spending are perceived as excessive, stimulating a call for improvement. Over 70% of the population is in favor of modernizing this sector in order to reconcile environmental concerns with necessary savings.

Local authorities have seen their finances deteriorate significantly, and this could mean lower budgets for street lighting in the future.

Despite this, the industry has managed to take advantage of the pandemic-induced context to reinforce trends in favor of LEDs and reduced off-peak lighting. In response to this demand for modernization and ecological sensitivity, the French street lighting market is poised for growth, particularly with the smart city revolution on the horizon. Expansion is expected to bring in around 1.5 million additional light points by the year 2020, in transition to intelligent lighting systems that promise not just lighting, but also a mesh of interactivity and data-driven management.

This booming market reflects the amalgam of safety, modernity and sustainability demands within French society. As the nation strives to balance fiscal considerations with ecological imperatives, the public lighting market is emerging as a key element of the public lighting market landscape. is a dynamic and essential sector that encompasses a wide range of activities, from the installation and maintenance of lighting infrastructures to the supply of energy and lighting equipment.

This market is driven by the combined efforts of several leading companies, which have a significant impact on its growth and trends. In this chapter, we take a look at the key companies that play a central role in the development of the street lighting segment, each contributing to the illumination of our cities and communities in their own unique way.

  • Comatelec Schreder is a leading manufacturer of lighting equipment, dedicated to providing innovative, energy-efficient lighting solutions. The company's expertise covers a wide range of applications, including street lighting, architectural lighting and intelligent lighting systems designed for the modern "smart city".
  • Eclatec is another key player in the field of lighting solutions, providing a diverse portfolio of products that enhance urban environments. The company's dedication to quality and performance is evident in its reliable and aesthetically appealing luminaires that meet the demands of municipal and communal spaces.
  • Valmont France, a recognized name in the manufacture and design of support structures for public lighting. Their robust, designer poles and masts form the backbone of lighting infrastructures in many municipalities, contributing to both the functionality and beauty of public spaces.
  • Ragni further enriches the market with its meticulously designed lighting equipment. Specializing in the creation of contemporary and traditional luminaires, Ragni's commitment to innovation is reflected in its dynamic product range, designed to meet the evolving needs of urban environments.
  • EDF and Spie play a crucial role. EDF, known primarily as an energy supplier, is extending its services to lighting as part of its wider commitment to energy solutions.
  • Spie, meanwhile, plays a key role in building the infrastructure required for street lighting, embodying efficiency and technical expertise in its projects.
  • Engie Ineo, a subsidiary of Engie Energie Service, specializes in electrical engineering and offers a comprehensive range of services encompassing the design, installation and maintenance of public lighting systems. Its commitment to sustainable development and innovation positions it as a key contributor to the advancement of smart lighting initiatives.
  • Citéos, part of the Vinci Energies brand, focuses on urban development through intelligent public lighting solutions that improve safety.
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1 Market overview

1.1 Presentation of the public lighting market

The public lighting market brings together various players and companies whose aim is to provide lighting for roads and public spaces, whether for the comfort or safety of users. Several activities are related to this market: supply of lighting equipment, supply of energy, construction of appropriate infrastructures.

There are four types of companies operating in the market:

  • Public decision-makers who, through tenders, determine the market demand (municipalities and communities).
  • Infrastructure construction and service providers (e.g., Spie)
  • Lighting equipment suppliers (e.g. Comatelec Schreder)
  • Energy suppliers (e.g. EDF)

The French public lighting market is mainly drived by the network maintenance. This is followed by spending on the renewal of installations and then on energy consumption.

The French street lighting market is faced with two main challenges: economical and ecological. Energy costs are becoming increasingly expensive for local authorities, and they have to deal with criticism of greenhouse gas emissions and light pollution.

Many actors are now focusing on the renewal of the existing lighting stock thanks to increasingly innovative intelligent lighting solutions: low energy lamps, LEDs, connected lighting, lighting plans, etc. All these initiatives are part of the "smart cities" trend, which suggests that the French street lighting market will increase in value in the short and medium term.

Local authorities have recorded a net loss in their local finances this could have an impact on future public spending, including street lighting. Despite this, the health crisis has largely contributed to reinforcing certain emerging trends, such as the renewal of the lighting stock in favor of LEDs and the extinction of lights during off-peak hours of the night.

1.2 Street lighting around the world

Worldwide, there are approximately *** million street lighting fixtures, with **% in Asia, **% in Europe and North America, and **% in South America. The global lighting density, in terms of urban population for each light point, averages about **, ranging from * in European countries to more than ** in Asia-Pacific. [***]

Number of light points by country World, ...

1.3 A French market with good growth prospects

According to data collected by the AFE, public lighting in France will represent an average turnover of *.* billion euros in ****. This figure includes approximately * billion euros spent on maintenance, approximately *** to *** million euros invested in the renewal of the existing infrastructures and over *** million euros attributable to energy consumption.

Breakdown of ...

1.4 The impact of the health crisis on local government budgets

The street lighting market depends on local government spending. With the Covid-** health crisis, local finances have been greatly impacted. The government estimates that all local authorities have suffered a drop in tax revenues of *.* billion euros, a drop in tariff resources of *.* billion euros, to which must be added all ...

2 Analysis of the demand

2.1 Aging lighting stock requiring renewal

An aging lighting stock

Source: ****

In ****, of the * million light points, **% of the lighting stock was composed of sodium vapor lamps, **% in mercury vapor lamps and about **% of other lamps (***). [***]

Despite this, the fleet remains aging. Between **** and ****, nearly **% of public lighting fixtures should have been replaced due to European regulations ...

2.2 The opinion of the French: an indirect lever

Public lighting: a central role for French citizens Role of public lighting France, ****, in Source: Ipsos For the French, public lighting has a significant role, particularly in terms of safety: **% of respondents consider that public lighting is important to enhance safety conditions in the evening and at night, and **% of respondents ...

2.3 Growing environmental concerns

Nuisance and light pollution

Over-lighting leads to nuisance and light pollution. For small communities in particular, public lighting is the primary source of nuisance due to obsolete equipment. Atmospheric pollution is also noted, such as the presence of light halos. There are also physical nuisances for living beings (***) as well as ...

2.4 Demand fluctuates slightly

The annual amount of the market, about * billion euros per year, is equal to the annual flow of spending by the communities, i.e. the annual flow of tenders. Since cities renew their tenders regularly (***), the amount of each tender makes it possible to estimate the market by contract revenue, i.e., ...

3 Market structure

3.1 Local authorities, central players

The central role of local authorities

The departments are responsible for the lighting of departmental roads and, where applicable, of public works, sites and buildings in their possession. As regards the portions of departmental roads crossing a town, it is the mayor of the commune who is responsible for deciding on ...

3.2 Investment in the market by private players through new management methods

Public procurement is the traditional form of investment in public lighting: it consists of all contracts awarded by public bodies to meet their needs. These contracts may or may not be subject to the public procurement code.

For the management of their public lighting, local authorities can choose to entrust it ...

3.3 The entry of new players disrupts the market

French manufacturers of lamps, luminaires and candelabras, some ** companies employing *,*** people, are just recovering from several dark years. During the period ****-****, street lighting specialists, which represent about a third of the profession, saw their sales go down by about **% before stabilizing at €*.* billion in ****.[***]

Among, the offerers on the public ...

3.4 Recycling: a mandatory step

According to AFE, the collection rate in communities (***) in ****, was **% for used lamps and *% for used lighting fixtures. The collection rate target at the end of **** is **% for used lamps and **% for used lighting.

Waste management obligations

In accordance with the circular on the exemplarity of the State and the recommendations ...

3.5 The evolution of the value chain

Traditionally, the value chain of the public lighting market can be broken down into five links:

The production of equipment, a link in which historical equipment such as Eclatec, Schréder or Philips stand out, but also the new lighting start-ups. Design and engineering, which is often integrated with the rest ...

4 Analysis of the offer

4.1 General presentation of the different products required for the installation of public lighting infrastructures

There are several types of products that are included in the public lighting infrastructure these depend on the equipment and devices used:

Main types of light sources (***):

Fluorescent tubes High pressure mercury lamps High pressure sodium lamps High pressure metal halide lamps Induction lamps LED lamps

Main types of equipment, in ...

4.2 The arrival of LEDs

LEDS penetration in the street lighting market World, ****, % Source: ****

In France, the penetration rate of LEDS in street lighting is around **%. by comparison, Japan is at **% according to AD Little.

A functional LED luminaire costs between *** and *,*** euros, this additional cost compared to other technologies leads communities to a global analysis ...

4.3 The emergence of smart cities

The National Commission for Information Technology and Civil Liberties (***) 

In this context, intelligent public lighting was initially aimed at reducing energy consumption, which is costly. Today, the development of new technologies transforms street lamps and other light points into real "multifunctional interactive systems" (***) that collect, aggregate and analyze data in a ...

5 Regulation

5.1 Regulations

European regulations 

The European ErP directive of **** defined in three stages (***) and according to the types of lamps, minimum values of energy efficiency:

Since ****, the energy efficiency of metal halide lamps must thus reach from ** to over ** lm/W depending on the power ; In addition, they must retain at **,*** hours of ...

6 Positioning of the actors

6.1 Segmentation

National manufacturers of public lighting equipment:

Comatelec Schreder Eclatec Valmont France Ragni

National specialists in the implementation of public lighting solutions:

EDF Spie Engie Ineo Bouygues Energie et Services Citéos Citelum BH Technologies

Innovative players :

Lucibel Sunna Design Kawantech Glowee

  • Comatelec Schreder
  • Eclatec (Groupe Agora Technologies)
  • Valmont France
  • Ragni
  • SPIE
  • INEO (Engie Energie Service)
  • Citéos (Vinci Energie)
  • Citelum groupe
  • BH Technologies
  • Lucibel
  • Sunna Design
  • Kawantech
  • Glowee
  • VHM Groupe
  • Cocktail Vision
  • Vhm Eclairage et Mobilier Urbain (VHM Groupe)
  • ELC Electric Lighting Concept

List of charts presented in this market study

  • Worldwide street lighting market
  • Number of light points by country
  • Composition of public lighting points
  • Cities equipped with connected light points
  • Breakdown of local authority spending on public lighting
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Latest news

VHM Groupe to launch a flax-based outdoor luminaire in 2024 - 10/10/2023
  • VHM Groupe" is an industrial company based in Molsheim.
  • The company was founded a century ago and has around 200 employees, 20 of whom work specifically on lighting.
  • Expert in cast iron, the Alsatian industrialist is about to launch an outdoor luminaire
  • The new product, an outdoor luminaire called "Canopea", is scheduled for launch in the first half of 2024.
  • The luminaire is partially made of flax fiber and weighs 12 kg, compared with an aluminum equivalent that weighs 14 to 15 kg.
  • the luminaire is designed to withstand a wide range of climatic conditions and also bird's nest loads.
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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. :

Comatelec Schreder
Eclatec (Groupe Agora Technologies)
Valmont France
INEO (Engie Energie Service)
Citéos (Vinci Energie)
Citelum groupe
BH Technologies
Sunna Design

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