Summary of our market study

Since 2020, the global street lighting market has shown significant trends towards energy efficiency and smart city integration. Despite fluctuations, the Italian lighting equipment industry's turnover demonstrated growth with an increase in exports, making Italy a net exporter of lighting equipment. The COVID-19 pandemic and the Russian-Ukrainian conflict have prompted a surge in electricity costs for nonresidential consumers in Italy, rising by 126.7% from 2020 to 2022. This has necessitated the adoption of energy-saving technologies, such as LED and smart lighting, which are increasingly in demand. Italian municipalities have faced unsustainable public lighting expenses, driving a shift towards more cost-efficient and intelligent lighting solutions. Globally, by 2022, the smart lighting market reached a value of $2.41 billion and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 19.2% through 2029. Italy remains a major player with key manufacturers having a strong presence in the market and significant turnovers, such as Gewiss with €347.8 million in 2021 and Iguzzini with €136.36 million in the same year.

Navigating the Complexities of Street Lighting in Italy: Embracing Energy Efficiency and Smart Technology

Italy's Street Lighting Market has evolved significantly over the years, particularly with the growing emphasis on energy efficiency, safety, and the advent of smart city initiatives. With an estimated 1,367 lighting equipment manufacturing enterprises as of 2021, and an employment figure staying within the range of 15 to 20 million individuals, the industry demonstrates a steady operational base. The legal forms of enterprises within the sector predominantly consist of limited responsibility companies (S.R.L.), representing over half of the business structures. The Italian street lighting market is driven by various demanding dynamics.

Public administrations prioritize pedestrian safety, accident prevention, and the promotion of pedestrian mobility, all under the umbrella of ensuring cost-efficiency and adopting sustainable practices. Consequently, energy consumption for public lighting has seen a noticeable reduction, about 17.2 percent from the period between 2018 and 2022, highlighting a push towards more energy-conservative solutions. This adoption of energy-saving measures is further reflected in the geographical distribution of demand, with the Northwest region of Italy featuring as the main consumer, constituting approximately 26.9 percent of national consumption. Spending on roads and infrastructure in major Italian municipalities like Rome and Milan has seen a substantial increase, indicating ongoing investment in the modernization and enhancement of street lighting infrastructure. The pursuit of advanced lighting technologies aligns with market trends that witness the industry leaning into the smart city concept—lamps that offer adaptability, integration with additional services, and are manufactured with longevity in mind, have become increasingly sought after. Italy's position in the global market emphasizes its role as a net exporter of lighting equipment, with exports predominantly stable and a coverage ratio consistently exceeding 1 in the span of 2018 to 2022.

The country's exports are primarily directed toward France and Germany, while imports majorly arrive from China. Considering the value of exports tends to float around €2 billion, it is clear that the Italian lighting equipment sector holds significant clout in international trade. While demand trends show a clear inclination towards sustainability, the supply trends respond by providing innovative products that incorporate features like motion and twilight sensors to optimize energy usage. In the wake of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, energy efficiency has become a pressing concern as electricity prices for nonresidential consumers have soared, underscoring the importance of these advancements within the industry.

Leading Innovators in the Italian Street Lighting Market

Italy's street lighting market is illuminated by a number of pioneering companies that have shaped the industry through cutting-edge technology, sustainability-focused practices, and design excellence. Creating a well-lit environment that not only prioritizes public safety but also aesthetic appeal, these brands have established themselves as major players in the market. Let's explore some of these key manufacturers and their distinctive contributions to the field of street lighting.

  • Gewiss has become a formidable name in the electrotechnical sector, renowned for its comprehensive range of solutions encompassing home automation, energy, and lighting. Their dedication to improving both residential and industrial spaces has earned them a leadership position in Italy's lighting industry.
  • AEC  prides itself on combining tradition with innovation. Since its inception, it has extended its reach to over 40 countries, thanks to its commitment to high-quality design and innovative lighting solutions. Aec's international presence is a testament to the global appeal of Italian craftsmanship and cutting-edge design in lighting.
  • Eulux represents a modern evolution in the lighting space. Springing from a background in hardware and software design, Eulux has carved a niche in LED technology, catering to both street lighting requirements and broader lighting needs with an impressive range of LED offerings.
  • Neri is synonymous with Italian excellence in street furniture and lighting systems. For decades, the company has furnished urban environments worldwide with products that marry utility with elegance, enhancing the beauty and functionality of public spaces.
  • Cariboni Group, with roots stretching back over a century, took a visionary leap into LED lighting in the early 2000s. Today, the group boasts a diverse array of outdoor urban, street, and architectural lighting solutions, showcasing their adaptability and foresight in the lighting industry.
  • Artemide's global footprint is substantial, with a wide network of subsidiaries, single-brand showrooms, and manufacturing plants. The brand is celebrated for embracing cutting-edge light sources and choosing environmentally friendly materials, a strategy that has won them international acclaim.
  • Disano Illuminazione has experienced rapid growth since its founding and is now well-regarded for products such as watertight fixtures and street lights that have dominated international markets. The company's emphasis on quality, reliability, and customer satisfaction has solidified its market position.
  • Linea Lights emerged as an early adopter of LED technology in Europe and has continued to lead with innovation at the forefront. 
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1 Market Summary

1.1 Definition and presentation

Street lighting identifies the set of structures designed to illuminate public spaces or places. The concept of public lighting is relatively recent, dating back to the 19th century for reasons of public safety, coinciding with increasing urbanization and crime.

Public lighting is a service offered by the municipality aimed at the operation, maintenance and control of facilities within a framework of cost efficiency and safety. Italy is among the countries in which public spending on lighting is among the highest, with a decisive gap compared to the European average, and an intra-regional gap, with the North leading the way. There are numerous projects aimed at better light management, and global expectations are also promising, particularly for street lighting, with a very high share of LED use by 2023.

The value of lighting production by Italian companies has been fluctuating recently, a trend that, however, does not correspond to the evolution of the industry's turnover, which continues to grow. Uncertainties are expected regarding the future development of the sector and consequently of public service in Italian municipalities, partly due to a change in current regulations.

1.2 The global market

In ****, the global street lighting market reached a value of $*.* billion. A compound annual growth rate (***) of *.* percent is projected for the period ****-****, which would bring the market to a value of $**.* billion.

Street lighting market value World, ****-****, billion dollars Researchandmarkets

The highest compound annual growth rates are in ...

1.3 The street lighting market in Italy

In order to analyze the Italian market, the national energy consumption for public lighting between **** and **** and the turnover of the lighting equipment industry between **** and **** are considered.

National energy consumption for public lighting has remained essentially stable in recent years. The advent of the pandemic in **** and the subsequent increase ...

1.4 Import - Export

For the import-export analysis, due to the absence of specific data concerning only street lighting, it was decided to use data on the entire lighting equipment sector.

As confirmed by the coverage ratio always above * over the entire period, between **** and **** Italy is a net exporter of lighting equipment. With the ...

1.5 The consequences of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict

The energy crisis that was triggered by the outbreak of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict has also had major consequences for public lighting in Italy. The recent conjuncture has made public lighting an unsustainable current expense for Italian municipalities (***). Between **** and ****, the price of electricity for nonresidential consumers rose from *.**€/kWh + VAT to ...

2 Demand analysis

2.1 Demand in Italy

For the analysis of demand in Italy, in the absence of firm data on the number of street lamps in the territory, the consumption of electricity for public lighting and the spending of the main Italian municipalities on roads and road infrastructure are considered.

Between **** and ****, electricity consumption for public lighting ...

2.2 Demand drivers

The main demand drivers are related to:

Pedestrian safety: adequate lighting of crosswalks improves the visibility of pedestrians and motorists, reducing the risk of traffic accidents and increasing the safety of crossings. Prevention of nighttime accidents: during nighttime hours or low visibility conditions, pedestrian crossing lighting is crucial to avoid collisions ...

2.3 Geographical distribution of demand

To visualize the geographic distribution of demand, a map was created with the consumption of electricity for public lighting by Italian macro-region.

The Northwest turns out to be the main consumer, with **.*% of the national total. It is followed by the South with **.* percent, the Northeast with **.* percent, the Center with ...

2.4 New demand trends

The street lighting market is increasingly moving toward a model that combines energy savings with the concept of a "smart city." In the street lighting sector, demand is moving more and more insistently toward products that can offer integrated management that ensures lighting only when and where it is needed. The ...

3 Market structure

3.1 The size of the market

The analysis of the size of the street lighting market is carried out based on data on the manufacture of lighting equipment (***). Specifically, three different magnitudes are considered:

Number of enterprises Number of employees Legal form of enterprises

Number of enterprises

In ****, there were *,*** lighting equipment manufacturing enterprises in the territory. ...

3.2 The value chain

In the street lighting market, the end user is the public administration and more specifically the municipalities. In fact, as enshrined in Article ** of the Highway Code, the entity that owns the road must provide for the safety of the road, maintenance and eventual replacement of the facilities and equipment.(***)

3.3 Distribution

The process of installing street lighting infrastructure, as the responsibility of the entity that owns the roads, involves the Public Administration on the one hand and manufacturers on the other. The involvement of the Public Administration makes it necessary to comply with public contract regulations and the process defined by them. ...

3.4 The main manufacturers

Some of the leading manufacturers of public lighting equipment in Italy are:

Gewiss: founded in ****, it is now the most important company in the Italian-capital electrotechnical sector. It operates in the production of home automation, energy and lighting solutions and products for the residential, tertiary and industrial sectors. Aec: founded in ...

4 Supply analysis

4.1 Type of the offer

The supply of street lamps can be differentiated by considering two different factors: the technology used and the luminous efficiency. Below is a classification of the main technologies used in street lamps:

Metal halide lamp: due to metal halide, the comtatic performance is very good. However, the lifetime and luminous efficiency ...

4.2 The products

The following is a list of products available in the Italian market:

4.3 New supply trends

One of the most important supply trends in the street lighting industry is the increase in energy-saving and "smart city" technology-conscious products. In particular, products are increasingly focusing on:

Durability: some lamps are reaching ***,*** hours of life.(***) Adaptability: focus is placed on design requirements by ensuring dozens of luminous flux levels ...

5 Rules and regulations

5.1 The legislation

Legislation regarding street lighting can be divided according to whether it concerns the production of lamps or the design of lighting systems. Regarding production below is the current European legislation:

Regulation (***) ****/****: sets specifications for the eco-design of light sources and separate supply units. Regulation (***) No. ***/****: establishes ecodesign requirements for fluorescent lamps ...

6 Positioning of actors

6.1 Segmentation

Italian Manufacturers

Foreign manufacturers

  • Gewiss
  • Linea Light Group
  • Disano Illuminazione
  • Artemide
  • Neri

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Latest news

Gewiss welcomes Performance iN Lighting - 13/12/2022
  • Performance iN Lighting joins the Gewiss Group.
  • Gewiss develops solutions for the home, e-mobility, lighting, and energy protection and distribution systems.
  • Both groups have a strong vocation for internationalization.
  • Gewiss France has an 850m² showroom, an 80-seat training center, a product training laboratory, a customer service department, a technical assistance department and a marketing department
  • Communication & Training department.
  • Performance iN Lighting is headquartered in Colognola ai Colli, in the province of Verona.
  • Performance iN Lighting has production sites in Germany, Belgium and the United States.

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