Horticultural lighting LEDs seeing continued growth

15-09-2021    11:07   |    Compound Semiconductor

Thanks to favourable policies by governments worldwide as well as widespread adoption of horticultural LED lighting in medical and recreational marijuana markets in North America, horticultural lighting LED revenue saw huge growth in 2020, reaching $301 million, a 57 percent YoY increase, according to TrendForce's 2021 Global LED Lighting Market Outlook.

This growth is expected to maintain its momentum throughout 2021, during which the market should reach $399 million in revenue, a 33 percent YoY increase.

However, horticultural red light LED chips, especially high-end ones, will likely suffer a shortage in 3Q21, as suppliers' production capacities for these chips are constrained by other products, including automotive and infrared LED products. At the same time, demand for horticultural LED lighting products cannot be fully met due to the ongoing shortage of PMICs.

Furthermore, delayed ocean freight schedules and North American governments' crackdown on illegal indoor marijuana cultivations have also impacted the shipment of these end-products, thereby leading certain horticultural LED lighting suppliers to slow down their production plans and component procurement activities.

Even so, LED suppliers are still optimistic towards the current market. Although changes in the global environment are expected to hinder market demand in the short run, LED suppliers believe that such hindrance will likely be ameliorated by the end of 3Q21.

Looking ahead, the demand on food safety will bring about a shortened food supply chain via such developments as indoor farming and build-outs of vertical farms, with a corresponding rise in the global horticultural lighting LED market.

In addition, TrendForce believes that, as operators of greenhouses or emerging vertical farms continue to adopt LED lighting equipment in the long run, and LED lighting costs continue to decline, more and more indoor farmers will be convinced to replace their traditional lighting equipment with LED lighting equipment. The replacement demand from these operators will, in turn, become the key driver of the horticultural lighting LED market's future growth.

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