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Emergency Lighting Market Size, Share & Industry Analysis, By Light Type (Fluorescent, LED, Incandescent, and Others), By Battery Type (Lithium, Nickel Cadmium, Nickel Metal Hydride, and Lead–Acid), By Power System (Self-Contained and Central Powered), By End-user (Residential, Commercial, and Industrial), and Regional Forecast, 2024-2032

Last Updated: May 19, 2024 | Format: PDF | Report ID: FBI107371



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The global emergency lighting market size was valued at USD 7.02 billion in 2023. The market is projected to grow from USD 7.70 billion in 2024 to USD 15.41 billion by 2032, exhibiting a CAGR of 10.33% during the forecast period.

Emergency lighting systems are emergency lamps placed in buildings, homes, workplaces, and study rooms to overcome unexpected power failures, which turn on automatically when the power supply gets off.

Furthermore, it is a lifeline in hazardous situations as it helps in reducing panic, delivering essential illumination, and guiding the occupants of a building toward safe exit points. The installation and maintenance of emergency lighting is crucial in ensuring the safety of occupants and is a legal imperative in most countries. The right area lighting provides a uniform lighting experience for large spaces to increase safety. 

The COVID-19 spread rapidly everywhere across the globe in 2020. Almost every country reported infected cases. From 2020 to 2021, every country was at different stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. The industrial participants witnessed challenges due to lockdowns. The outbreak of COVID-19 across the globe in 2020 hampered the emergency lighting market growth. COVID-19 affected the market growth due to sudden shutdowns in the commercial and industrial sectors. During the lockdown, 89% of Lighting Industry Association (LIA) members said their businesses stayed open, and 95% of their sales were restored.

Emergency Lighting Market Trends

Adoption of Better Safety Standards and Incorporation of Smart Technologies to Aid Market Proliferation

The adoption of better safety standards and the incorporation of smart technologies in the lighting industry are expected to create various new opportunities during the forecast period. In addition, government laws and policies such as ban on the use of incandescent bulbs and the energy efficient nature of LEDs are increasing the usage of LEDs. Additionally, LEDs are highly controllable as the integrity of LEDs can vary based on demand when integrated into a driver.

For example, the Australian Government Council Energy Ministers announced plans to replace halogen lamps with LED lamps to improve energy efficiency.

Other important factors driving the market size across the key regions are the growing popularity of smart homes, increasing government initiatives for smart city development in India, China, the U.S., and Thailand, and increasing government support for LED light adoption in India and Japan.

In addition, rising infrastructure spending in major countries, such as China and India, is boosting the global market growth. Additionally, increasing consumer awareness of energy-efficient lighting solutions due to rising electricity tariffs is a crucial driver of global sales.

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Emergency Lighting Market Growth Factors

Easy Availability of Cost-effective and Attractive Lights to Push Market Growth

The ease of accessibility to low-cost and attractive luminaires is expected to impact the market share positively during the forecast period. Additionally, the combination of emergency lighting with aesthetic lighting and technological advancements in the lighting industry is expected to expand the market share. Furthermore, the falling average selling price of LEDs and the global upswing in the construction industry should also have a positive impact on market growth.

Additionally, technological advancements in the lighting industry also drive market growth. Technological progress is necessary for the sustainability of any technology. Companies involved in manufacturing invest heavily in Research & Development (R&D) to improve the performance as well as the longevity of their products. Incorporating LEDs in exit signs is one of the most significant technological advances. Such lights are more energy-efficient and cheaper than traditional light sources. With the increasing adoption of green and red residential exit signs, companies are focusing on expanding their portfolio of such residential products.

Integration of Emergency Lighting with Conventional Lighting to Fuel Market Expansion

Emergency lighting is one of the essential light systems for so many applications in personal and professional life. As technology develops, emergency lighting is integrated with regular lighting, so switch to the situation. Emergency lighting is nothing but the emergency power source supplied lighting that mechanically uplifts when there is a loss of power to the lighting circuit. Properly integrating it into a regular lighting design can be a benefit for the consumer as well as the manufacturer.

As the economy returns to normal and people return to offices and sites, it is significant to ensure that the battery supply and emergency lighting are working properly to protect staff and customers in the case of another need. In addition, manufacturers are trying to integrate regular lighting into emergency lighting to reduce the cost of supplementary lights.

For instance, in April 2023, Hochiki Europe, a manufacturer of innovative life safety solutions, will launch a much-anticipated new emergency lighting system, firescape nepto, at this month’s fire safety event.


Challenges to Set-up New Manufacturing Hubs are restraining the Market Growth

Manufacturers along with investors face challenges in several countries, mainly due to strict government policies, including rules and regulations related to environmental measures. Furthermore, at the start of any emergency lighting design, relevant information about the premises must be obtained from either a drawing or a site survey, and obtaining this information correctly can result in a poor emergency lighting design system. These factors are restraining the market share in developing countries.

The increasing introduction of products in various applications is forcing governments to work on the guidelines for companies in their respective countries. The time required to set up new manufacturing centers will slow down the growth of the market in the coming years.

Emergency Lighting Market Segmentation Analysis

By Light Type Analysis

LED Sub-Segment to Capture Leading Market Share Due to Increased Adoption to Save Energy

The market has been segmented based on light type into fluorescent, LED, incandescent, and others. The LED segment holds the dominant market share due to its widespread adoption to save energy. Using LED emergency light bulbs often results in energy savings of 30% compared to normal bulbs. Furthermore, LED lights don’t rely on burning a filament, so there are minimum possibilities of wear and tear. LED lights are highly robust, have excellent low-temperature performance, and are easily digitally controlled. This form of lighting is also space-efficient. The light sources can be much more focused on their exact purpose, leading to significant savings over the installation’s life. LED lights rely on their dedicated optics, drivers, and fittings, allowing for sleek, unobtrusive luminaire designs.

The fluorescent segment also holds a significant market share as it has various advantages over traditional lighting alternatives, such as incandescent, as they are more durable. On an average, the lifespan of a lightbulb or tube is six times longer than that of a normal incandescent lamp. They tend to burn less after continuous use and can be turned off or on without fear of aging. Fluorescent lighting is also cheaper than regular lighting while providing the same brightness.

By Battery Type Analysis

Lithium Segment to Hold the Dominant Market Share Due to its Charge Efficiency and Long Life

Based on battery type, the market is segmented into lithium, nickel cadmium, nickel metal hydride, and lead-acid. The lithium segment holds the dominant market share due to its charge efficiency and long life. Additionally, rechargeable batteries lose charge over time, but with lithium batteries, the rate is only 3-5% per month. The charger in a lithium circuit works at low current in short and infrequent bursts. Moreover, lithium batteries have little memory effect, so their performance remains almost constant till they reach the end of life, usually defined as 70% of rated capacity.

The nickel-cadmium segment also holds a significant market share as they are more resistant to temperature extremes so that they can be used in a broader range of environments. They have a higher power density, thus they can store more energy per unit of weight when compared to lead-acid batteries.

By Power System Analysis

Self-contained Segment Dominates the Market Owing to its Favorable Features

Based on power system, the market is segmented into self-contained and central-powered. The self-contained segment holds the dominant market share as it offers the simplest and fastest solution, contains its batteries, and works independently. They take less time to install, are easy to expand or change later, and are typically the most cost-effective solution for small to medium-sized projects. Installation costs are relatively low as no special wiring is required. They offer greater system integrity as each light is independent of the others, eliminating the need for dedicated sub-circuit monitoring.

Furthermore, central-powered emergency lighting systems are normally used for large projects where the number of emergency luminaires is high, for example, a large multi-story office block. Central-powered systems would be the best option to keep ongoing operational costs at a minimum as the battery life in a central-powered system is maximized and is usually at least 10 years. These systems are simpler to test and maintain, provide completely unobtrusive emergency lighting, and offer long-term cost advantages.

By End-user Analysis

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Residential Segment to Hold the Dominant Market Share Owing to Increasing Demand for New Products at Regular Intervals

By end-user, the residential segment is anticipated to dominate the market, owing to increasing demand for new products at regular intervals. However, light manufacturing companies focus on developing new LEDs that consume less electricity and provide maximum output with long durability. The commercial segment will likely hold the second largest market share, followed by the industrial segment. Factors, such as the increasing number of commercial buildings, public infrastructure, and others, are influencing the growth rate of the commercial segment.


North America Emergency Lighting Market Size, 2023 (USD Billion)

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The North America market holds the dominant emergency lighting market share and is expected to grow at a considerable rate. This is due to the presence of several large companies in the region. Several unregistered market participants are involved in this sector. The market in this region is fragmented compared to other regions. Increasing urbanization, the introduction of innovative technologies, energy-efficient products, and a growing and aging population are the key factors affecting market growth in North America. Therefore, North America will dominate the market in the coming years.

In the Asia Pacific region, China holds the largest market share due to the presence of several large suppliers. China has evolved itself as a major exporter of products to other countries in recent years. The growing population also contributes to the growth of the regional market.

The market in Europe is expected to grow with the introduction of new technologies such as intelligent systems and human-centric systems. For example, to offer consumers energy-efficient products, the European Commission published new eco-design rules for industry in December 2019. In addition, the construction of smart cities is boosting the LED market in the region.

In the Middle East and Africa region, governments of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar are constantly working to improve their infrastructure through huge investments. These governments' favorable policies allow companies to offer their products with reasonable pricing with tax rebates.

Furthermore, Latin America is expected to grow significantly with the slow adoption of technologies across the region. Moreover, a few light manufacturers are present in Latin America, affecting the region's market growth.

List of Key Companies in Emergency Lighting Market

Key Participants Concentrate on Enhancing their Product Capacities

The market for emergency lighting is highly fragmented, with the presence of numerous players. The competitive landscape of the present companies in the market has a strong foothold in their base country and region. Schneider Electric, Honeywell, and Eaton are the leading players with a strong presence across different countries. Their operational plants' success will help them acquire contracts and have a considerable market share in the coming years.

In 2021, Schneider Electric held the largest share of the market. Orient, Wipro, Zumtobel, and Eaton are the other key players operating in the market.



  • July 2023 - Eveready Industries India Limited launched a television commercial, ‘Kya Baat Hai’, over the weekend, presenting the Emergency LED bulb, INSTACHARGE.

  • November 2021 - Schneider Electric has won the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Sustainability and Efficiency’ category at the DCS Awards. During the event, Schneider Electric and Elite Partners Advanced Power Technology secured a second special project award for the ‘Sustainability in the Data Center Project of the Year category. Together, the companies delivered a modernization project for Newcastle City Council, using energy-efficient technologies to reduce its carbon footprint as part of a wider digital transformation initiative.

  • April 2021 - Schneider Electric, a leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, launched the Zero Carbon Project. Under the new initiative, the company will work with its top 1,000 suppliers who account for 70% of Schneider's carbon emissions to cut the carbon emissions of their operations by 50% by 2025. The initiative is part of Schneider's Sustainable Development Goals for 2021-2025. It is a concrete step toward limiting the increase in average global temperature to 1.5°C or less by 2100, as the Paris Agreement targets.

  • February 2021 - Honeywell acquired the whole outstanding shares of Sparta Systems for USD 1,303 million. Sparta Systems is expected to further strengthen its position in industrial automation, digital transformation solutions and enterprise performance management software. The business is included within the Performance Materials and Technologies segment.

  • November 2020 - ABB launched a new cloud-based smart emergency lighting solution for connected buildings. The Nexus Pro emergency lighting system uses IoT (Internet of Things) technology, needs negligible maintenance, decreases operational costs, and safeguards peace of mind year-round.


The research report provides a detailed analysis of the market share and focuses on key aspects such as leading companies, types, and leading applications of the system. Besides this, the report offers insights into emergency lighting market trends and highlights key industry developments. In addition to the factors mentioned above, the report encompasses several factors that have contributed to the market growth in recent years.

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Historical Period


Growth Rate

CAGR of 10.33% from 2024 to 2032


Value (USD Billion)


By Light Type

  • Fluorescent

  • LED

  • Incandescent

  • Others

By Battery Type

  • Lithium

  • Nickel Cadmium

  • Nickel Metal Hydride 

  • Lead–Acid

By Power System

  • Self-Contained

  • Central Powered

By End-user

  • Residential

  • Commercial

  • Industrial

By Region

  • North America (By Light Type, By Battery Type, By Power System, By End-user, and By Country)

    • U.S. (By End-user)

    • Canada (By End-user)

  • Europe (By Light Type, By Battery Type, By Power System, By End-user, and By Country)

    • U.K.

    • Germany

    • France

    • Italy

    • Spain

    • Russia

    • Rest of Europe

  • Asia Pacific (By Light Type, By Battery Type, By Power System, By End-user, and By Country)

    • China

    • India

    • Japan

    • Australia

    • Southeast Asia

    • Rest of Asia Pacific

  • Latin America (By Light Type, By Battery Type, By Power System, By End-user, and By Country)

    • Brazil

    • Mexico

    • Rest of Latin America

  • Middle East & Africa (By Light Type, By Battery Type, By Power System, By End-user, and By Country)

    • GCC

    • South Africa

    • Rest of Middle East & Africa

Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights study shows that the global market was USD 7.02 billion in 2023.

The global market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 10.33% over the forecast period.

The market size of North America stood at USD 2.26 billion in 2023.

Based on end-user, the residential segment holds the dominating share in the global market.

The global market size is expected to reach USD 15.41 billion by 2032.

Increasing primary fuel prices are driving the global demand for emergency lighting.

The top players in the market are Schneider Electric, Honeywell International Inc, Eaton, and Orient.

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