Rakesh Zutshi, President, Electric Lamp and Component Manufacturers’ Association of India (ELCOMA) and Managing Director, Halonix Technologies Pvt. Ltd
LEDs are used in technology all around us. But recently, Human Centric Lighting has been a buzzword in the LED industry especially given the benefit that it actually adds to the well-being of the user. In an exclusive conversation with Jyoti Gazmer-Sub-Editor of BIS Infotech, Rakesh Zutshi, President, Electric Lamp and Component Manufacturers’ Association of India (ELCOMA) and Managing Director, Halonix Technologies Pvt. Ltd deciphers the many benefits of HCL and its vast growth potential in the Indian market. Edited Nub.
- How India is looking forward to adapt to the HCL (Human Centric Lighting) in sectors like Health and Hospitality, Office, Education, Residential, Industrial & Other?
Ans: Human Centric Lighting (HCL) is all set to make deep inroads into the Indian market with their growing acceptance in the sectors like Health, Hospitality, Office, Education, Residential, Industrial etc. That the LED-based human centric lighting is controllable and evokes particular human biological response and behavior, HCL is being used in schools to keep the students calm and alert during the school hours. In Commercial workplaces as well HCL has gained considerable significance since it makes the office environment feel more natural and comfortable which helps in improving the productivity of the employees.
On the back of healthcare revolution driven by more thoughtful lighting infrastructure, HCL has already started showing its substantial potential in some of the major hospitals in India. These healthcare facilities are using HCL to add cooler CCTs in staff areas to keep employees alert during shift. Simultaneously they are using warmer CCTs in the rooms of the patients to keep them comfortable as they rest and recover. Some of the schools are using HCL to keep the students calm as well as alert depending on the time of day. From classrooms to office buildings to sports arenas as well as in the residential and industrial segments there is a vast potential for human centric lighting in India.
- The wide opportunities and the challenges that lie ahead for the HCL market to propel as a standalone industry?
Ans: Currently HCL is in the nascent stage in India however opportunities galore for it since India is a huge market. That the people are not yet fully aware of the benefits of Human Centric Lighting is one of the major challenges faced by the lighting manufacturers. However, the future for such advanced lighting is bright in India At ELCOMA , we remain committed to create conducive environment for the development of every new technology.
- What are the recent trends in the market currently and how successful they are?
Ans: India offers innumerable opportunities for growth of HCL over the next few decades. Already modern lighting concepts have gained considerable significance in India with the growing demand for technologically advanced LED lighting solutions. The government’s ambitious Make in India initiative has also been instrumental in driving the growth of LED technologies in India. Currently Smart Lighting and HCL are among the growing trends in the lighting market in India.
- Why Human Centric Lighting and Environmental Lighting are often compared apples and oranges?
Ans: Both these lighting technologies are incomparable to each other. Energy efficient LED lights have gained significance as environment friendly lighting since they do not contain any toxic elements. On the other hand, Human Centric Lightings is still a growing phenomenon in India and it focuses on healthy light and the effect of light on performance and wellbeing. Human Centric Lighting is aimed at enhancing vision, will-being and performance by applying an in-depth knowledge of science, customers’ and users’ needs. LED-based human-centric lighting is controllable and tunable across a spectrum of correlated color temperatures to evoke particular human biological responses.