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Light Sensor Market Overview
Increasing adoption of light sensors in consumer electronics, growing demand for smart home technology solutions, and increasing use of internet of things (IoT) sensors in the automotive sector are some of the major factors driving the light sensor market across the world.
Based on function, the light sensor market has been categorized into ambient light sensing, gesture recognition, RGB color sensing, proximity detection, and infrared radiation (IR) detection. Among these, the ambient light sensing category held the largest share in the market in 2018. This can be attributed to the increasing use of ambient light sensors in automobiles for automatic dimming and visibility maintenance. Moreover, ambient light sensors help save battery power through the automatic adjustment of the backlight. Owing to this, the demand for these sensors is increasing globally.
On the basis of output, the light sensor market has been categorized into analog and digital. Between the two, the digital category is expected to register faster growth during the forecast period. Digital light sensors offer higher reliability, energy efficiency, and performance. Due to these factors, their demand is expected to increase in the near future.
By integration, the light sensor market has been categorized into discrete and combination, of which the combination category held the larger market share in 2018. Moreover, it is expected to register faster growth during the forecast period, which can be attributed to the increasing popularity of combination light sensors in the low- and mid-range-smartphone market.
On the basis of application, the light sensor market has been categorized into automotive, consumer electronics, industrial, healthcare, home automation, entertainment, and security. Among these, the consumer electronics category held the largest share in the market in 2018. This can be ascribed to the increase in demand for light sensors for mobile phones, digital displays, televisions, and tablets, particularly in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region in recent years. However, the automotive category is expected to witness the fastest growth during the forecast period, on account of the increasing use of light sensors by automakers for driver assistance and driver safety applications in vehicles.
North America held the largest share in the global light sensor market in 2018. This can be ascribed to the increasing adoption of light sensors in vehicles in the wake of rising accidents in the region. According to the National Safety Council, in 2018, around 40,000 people died in road accidents, registering a 14% rise in the number recorded in 2014. Since light sensors facilitate driver assistance, rising safety concerns continue to drive the market in the region. The market, however, is expected to witness the fastest growth in the APAC region during the forecast period. This can be attributed to the increasing demand for consumer electronic products in the region, mainly in China, India, and South Korea. Due to rising disposable income and increasing internet penetration, the demand for consumer electronics is increasing in the region, thus boosting the adoption of lights sensors.
Light Sensor Market Dynamics
Increasing adoption of light sensors in the consumer electronics industry is a key factor driving the light sensor market, globally. On account of rising population and increasing digitization, the demand for smartphones is increasing across the world, especially in developing countries such as India and China. For instance, in 2018, the Indian smartphone market registered growth of 14.5% from the previous year. Due to increasing use of smartphones, manufacturers are incorporating light sensors in their devices to offer brightness control features, which further help reduce the power consumption and extend the battery run-time. Hence, the increasing adoption of smartphones is fueling the demand for light sensors, globally.
Growing demand for smart home technology solutions is another major factor supporting the growth of the light sensor market. The technology involves the use of light sensors for sensing light conditions in rooms and adjusting the light as per requirements. The technology helps home owners reduce energy consumption in addition to monitoring and controlling lighting systems. Moreover, with the launch of smart home products by companies such as Google LLC and Amazon.com Inc., the demand for these products is increasing considerably across the world, further driving the adoption of light sensors.
Light Sensor Market Competitive Landscape
The global light sensor market is fragmented in nature, with several companies operating within. Major players in the market are increasingly focusing on product launches to increase their market share. For instance, in 2018, ams AG launched low-power, high-sensitivity, and small-sized ambient light sensors, TSL2540 and TSL2541, for brightness control in consumer electronics such as tablets and smartphones.
Some of the key players operating in the market are ams AG, Broadcom Inc., Sharp Corporation, STMicroelectronics N.V., Vishay Intertechnology Inc., ELAN Microelectronic Corp., Everlight Electronics Co. Ltd., Maxim Integrated Products Inc., Sitronix Technology Corporation, and ROHM Co. Ltd.
The report also provides country-wise analysis. Some of the major countries covered in the report are the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, Turkey, the U.A.E., and Saudi Arabia.
Light Sensor Market Segmentation
Market Segmentation by Function
Market Segmentation by Output
Market Segmentation by Integration
Market Segmentation by Application
Market Segmentation by Geography