Looking ahead to the lighting industry in Japan by 2030

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Japan will launch the “2030 Lighting Action” to accelerate the achievement of its goals by 2030. The “2030 Lighting Action” is a new communication strategy aimed at driving the lighting industry to enter the market in a different way, achieving Japan’s carbon neutrality target, and adapting to Japan’s Society 5.0.

Vision:
Dedicated to creating a new lighting culture that adapts to the new normal and contributes to achieving a low-carbon society. Also, expanding and accelerating efforts towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Missions:
Promote environmentally friendly lighting solutions to create safer and more comfortable living environments and contribute to improving the global environment.

Goals:
Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 46% as a reference indicator for the overall efforts of the electrical and electronic industry and its medium-to-long-term contributions to carbon neutrality, based on the 2013 standard.

Achieve 100% solid-state lighting in Japan’s lighting equipment stock market.
SSL (Solid-State Lighting): Semiconductor lighting technologies such as LED, OLED, and laser.

Reduce energy consumption by 60% based on the 2013 standard, achieved by improving the efficiency of LED components, devices, and power sources, as well as promoting lighting control devices.

Achieve a 40% adoption rate of Japan Lighting 5.0 to adapt to Japan’s Society 5.0, promoting and expanding Lighting 5.0 as the next-generation lighting.

Progress:
As of May 2023, the conversion rate to solid-state lighting in Japan’s lighting equipment stock market has reached 56.0%, and Lighting 5.0 products account for 22.7% of the market share.

 

What is Lighting 5.0?

Japan 5.0 society, proposed by Japan in 2018, refers to enhancing people’s quality of life and serving their needs through the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence. “Lighting 5.0” is the next-generation lighting that aligns with Japan 5.0 society. It is a new concept of lighting proposed and defined by the Japan Lighting Industry Association. It goes beyond the traditional function of spatial lighting and brings four additional values: health, safety, comfort, and convenience. This type of lighting is referred to as “Lighting 5.0,” which creates a more enriching life by connecting elements from various fields and industries through lighting to adapt to diverse environments and lifestyles. Japan will promote “Lighting 5.0” as the direction for the development of the next generation of LED lighting.

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According to the data on imported lighting products in Japan released by the Japan Lighting Industry Association, from 2017 to 2021, the import value of incandescent lamps and discharge lamps in Japan showed a declining trend. Specifically, the import value of incandescent lamps decreased from $52 million to $33 million, while the import value of discharge lamps decreased from $63 million to $46 million.

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The import value of Japan’s LED light sources experienced a significant year-on-year increase of 319% in 2017, followed by a slight decline. However, since 2020, it has shown a gradual recovery trend.

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According to the analysis of China’s customs data, the export value of incandescent lamps from China to Japan decreased from $18 million in 2018 to $17 million in 2020, showing a continuous overall decline. The export value of discharge lamps from China to Japan decreased from $47 million to $38 million and then rebounded to $43 million, showing a fluctuating state.

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From 2018 to 2022, China’s export value of LED light sources to Japan remained relatively stable, with a slight increase from $236 million to $262 million.

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In the first half of this year, the export value of electric light sources from China to Japan accounted for 19% of the total export value of all lighting products to Japan. Among them, the export value of LED light source products accounted for 81% of the export value of electric light sources to Japan.

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LED lighting technology has advantages such as high energy efficiency, long lifespan, and environmental friendliness, which can meet the development needs of Japan’s lighting industry. With the increasing prominence of energy scarcity and environmental pollution issues, there is a growing demand for LED lighting products from consumers. Additionally, LED lights have high color rendering index (CRI) and are widely used in special occasions such as exhibitions and museums where high-quality lighting is required. With the continuous development of LED technology and the reduction in costs, the prices of LED lighting products are gradually becoming more reasonable. This makes LED lighting products more competitive in the market and further drives market growth.

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