The seventh annual Socket Survey from OSRAM SYLVANIA found 65 percent of Americans surveyed have purchased LEDs for use in their homes and the majority (64 percent) of those who did, purchased LED bulbs for use in sockets for general illumination. Of the respondents who were identified as LED bulb users, the most valued benefits of making the switch were reduced energy consumption (96 percent), longer bulb life span (93 percent) and cost savings (93 percent).
This industry-benchmark survey, which is a nationwide measure of public attitudes about energy-efficient lighting and awareness of lighting trends, also showed 78 percent of Americans switched to a more energy-efficient lighting technology since the phase-out of incandescent light bulbs went into effect in January 2014, with 30 percent of respondents indicating they made the switch to LED bulbs. The two biggest drivers for LED light bulb purchases were the lifespan of the bulb and the amount of light produced, with 95 percent of respondents indicating these qualities had some influence on their decision.
“The increasingly rapid pace of innovation makes this an exciting time to be in the lighting industry. As technology continues to advance, our objective has been to give consumers the highest-quality products to fit their needs in this new lighting landscape,” says Jes Munk Hansen, CEO OSRAM Americas and CEO OSRAM Lamps. “We are committed to continuing that innovation in a time of transition from analog to digital, from mechanical to smart and connected.”
With the continued growth of the home automation and smart home markets, the seventh edition of the OSRAM SYLVANIA Socket Survey also took a deeper look at consumer attitudes and awareness of smart lighting technologies. While 62 percent of respondents indicated they were aware of smart lighting technology, only 10 percent have actually purchased smart bulbs for their homes. However, 83 percent of those surveyed believe smart lighting is a good introduction to home automation technologies, and 72 percent felt smart lighting will eventually replace traditional light bulbs.
Additional findings of the 2015 OSRAM SYLVANIA Socket Survey include:
Consumer Habits and Trends
- The top sources of information on lighting for consumers are in-store displays and store employees (43 percent), product packaging (36 percent) and friends and family (30 percent).
- Consumers who already use LED bulbs in the home are more likely to purchase LED bulbs again (44 percent) as opposed to non-LED bulb users (18 percent).
- Millennials were more likely to switch to LED bulbs following the incandescent phase out (38 percent) as opposed to those over 55 (22 percent).
New Technology Awareness and Adoption
- Most respondents (86 percent) believe at least one room in their home would benefit from smart lighting technology with living rooms (58 percent), kitchens (49 percent) and bedrooms (42 percent) topping the list. However, the next most common hotspots were not inside the home, but in outdoor applications (40 percent) and in the garage (36 percent).
- While price was not the top consideration for regular light bulb purchases, it was the top purchase influence for smart lighting products (90 percent), followed by the life span of the bulb (87 percent) and the ability to turn the bulbs on and off remotely (74 percent).
- Though in the minority, current smart lighting owners are more likely to expand their “smart” homes with other technologies than non-users with products like smart thermostats (84 percent versus 58 percent), house alarms (80 percent versus 51 percent) and door locks (80 percent versus 45 percent).
The survey was conducted by KRC Research in February 2015 via an online survey of 1,000 Americans aged 18 and over. For more information on the Socket Survey, including detailed findings, please visit OSRAM SYLVANIA’s Socket Survey Web page.