Global Occupancy Sensors Market: Increasing demand for energy saving devices have resulted into several technological advancement in occupancy sensors.

Published Date: 14/05/2021

The occupancy sensors market is projected to grow from USD 1.9 billion in 2020 to USD 4.6 billion by 2027 at a CAGR of 13.5 %.Occupancy sensor is a heat and light control device used to detect occupancy of space by people and accordingly turns light on or off by using infrared light rays, ultrasonic rays and microwave technology.

With regard to this, government bodies of all major regions (North America, Europe, and APAC) have initiated many laws, policies, and programs related to the efficient use of energy and energy saving. In such energy-saving initiatives, most of the time occupancy sensor is also considered as one of the major energy-saving devices. For instance, in the European Green Light Programme (2012), the European Commission instructed the installation of energy-efficient lighting technologies, such as adding occupancy sensors, day lighting sensors or other controls in building facilities
Since the last decade, false triggering of a switch in occupancy sensor is one of the major restraining factors for the growth of the studied market. Sensors are more susceptible to false triggering due to any movement in the space. They are sensitive to all technologies of motions; therefore, they also react to non-occupant movement. False triggering may occur due to sunlight, anyone passing through adjacent spaces in the sight of the sensor or any machinery that heats up objects. Sensors also do not work efficiently if the office is partitioned. A continuous on-off of sensors hampers the life of lighting systems and related components.

The lighting control market has seen significant growth in the past few years. The market includes a considerable number of products, including dimmers, occupancy sensors, timers, daylight sensors, and relays. These products are used either independently or in an integrated form. They can be integrated with home automation systems through wired and wireless technologies. To enable their automated operations, lighting controllers have to be externally integrated with communication protocols. However, lighting control manufacturers are now manufacturing products with in-built data connectivity. These controllers can be operated directly without external communication protocols and connectivity. This is expected to create considerable demand for such products, which would, in turn, create an opportunity for occupancy sensor manufacturers.

In spite of widespread promotion, the development of occupancy sensors is lower than other lighting technologies such as motion sensors and vacancy sensors. It suffers from the difficulty of accurately predicting the occupancy of the occupant. The performance of an occupancy sensor is dependent on user occupancy, lighting control patterns, and sensor selection. Additionally, it is also considered to be expensive, and the awareness regarding cost-related benefits of occupancy sensors is low. This acts as a challenge for the occupancy sensor market as it affects the penetration rate in developing and underdeveloped economies.

Key players operating in the global occupancy sensor market are Eaton Corporation Plc., Honeywell International Inc., Schneider Electric SA, Johnson Controls Inc., Acuity Brands Inc., Texas Instruments Inc., Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc., Lutron Electronics Co., Inc., Legrand SA and Hubbell Incorporated among others. Major players in the market are focusing more on development of advanced and innovative sensors such as image processing sensor, micro-phonic based sensor and intelligent occupancy sensor in order to gain competitive advantage in the long term.

Increased construction activity in APAC has significantly contributed to the growth of the occupancy sensor market. New opportunities for smart lighting, occupancy sensors, and home automation are expected in APAC on the back of strong activity in the smart home space in China, Japan, South Korea, and India. The occupancy sensor market has huge potential in APAC. Countries with considerable market for occupancy sensor systems are China, Japan, Australia, and South Korea. These systems, which are an integral part of a digitalized household, are expected to find increased acceptance among consumers in this region. Although energy-efficient smart lighting products are considered an expensive option in this region, the higher energy savings vs. traditional lighting systems justify the bargain.