Energy-saving market never lack of followers. Experts expressed different views to this problem: on one hand, intelligent LED lighting industry is the inevitable trend. On the other hand, developing a type of intelligent products costs much less than producing them. Survey reports showed that an intelligent power supplier only costs 5 yuan, while producing a matching LED lamps for this supplier will cost 20%-30% more. Through calculation, a dimmable LED products costs 20% more than non-dimmable LED products (same type). Adding RGB functions will cost 30% more.
Longxin Zhang divided the entire LED development into three stages: replacing traditional lamps; self improvement (more energy-saving, more intelligent); cross-sector integration (including Internet of Things, long-distance control, residential intelligent LED lighting technique etc.). Currently, Chinese LED lighting market is still in the first stage. Simplified intelligent LED lighting technique is a transition phase, a middle stage between first level and second level. Chinese LED industry only has developed for ten years, still in the first stage. Some people began to accept this new lighting technology, but most still take a wait-and-see approach to it. They expect cheaper and more reliable products. The technique of LED has not been fully developed, the spread level has not been maximized. LED is not mature in both industrial aspect and in commercial aspect. Under such circumstance, rushed into intelligent stage is not a wise behavior.
Chen Xu is also suspicious of this problem. Internet of Things, sensor technology, and cloud computing are all in their early stages. The development of intelligent LED lamps requires the mature of these technologies. In his point of view, they should develop at least simultaneously. And this problem cannot be solved in short term.
Nowadays, most of LED enterprises just want to add some additional value to their products tough “intelligence” and expand the brand influence at the same time. However, this method is only suitable for large LED enterprises. Small and middle sized LED companies lack of capital to operate.
Some experts also indicated that the development of intelligent LED lighting industry should obtain the support of government. Such clutter developing modes will lead to a chaos in domestic LED high bay lighting market, prolonging the first stage.