Global Light Sensors Market 2016-2020

  • Published: Aug 2016
  • Pages: 65
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This industry research study identifies ams, Avago, ELAN Microelectronics, Everlight Electronics, Heptagon, Maxim Integrated, ROHM, Sharp, Sitronix, and Vishay Intertechnology as the leading players in the global light sensor market. This report also presents a competitive analysis of this market by application (consumer electronics, building automation, and automotive) and by geography (the Americas, APAC, and EMEA).

Overview of the light sensors market

Technavio’s market research analysts have predicted that the global light sensors market will grow tremendously and will post an impressive CAGR of more than 8% over the forecast period. The extremely high usage of portable consumer electronics, such as smartphones and tablets affects their battery life. The increasing need for power saving has led manufacturers to introduce light sensors in these devices. These light sensors automatically adjust the brightness of the screen depending on the ambient light, and reduces the power consumption by these devices. Since the backlight of mobile displays, such as LCD and LED consumes the maximum amount of power in portable products, the light sensors help optimize the operation of the backlight under different lighting conditions.  Furthermore, light sensors also instruct the keypad LED driver to minimize keypad backlighting, which minimizes power consumption by nearly 30% in the input standby power mode. The increasing adoption of light sensors in portable smart devices will fuel this market’s growth in the coming years.

One of the emerging trends spurring the growth prospects for this market is the increasing adoption of fused sensors in smart devices. Sensor fusion involves combining data from several different sensors and arriving at a conclusion, which cannot be obtained using a single sensor. Sensor fusion has several benefits including improved efficiency, better performance, and less power consumption. It also improves the noise level and quality of the computed data. Sensor fusion is being increasingly deployed in smartphones and tablets for augmented reality and context awareness, which can show digital information such as 3D models and videos virtually and also help the user predict any accident or bad fall by tracking the device's motions.

Competitive landscape and key vendors

Owing to the presence of several established vendors, the global light sensor market has intense competition. As light sensors are low cost, vendors compete to offer the lowest price in the market. The market also has well-diversified regional and local vendors.  

Key vendors in this market are -

  • ams
  • Avago Technologies
  • ELAN Microelectronics Corporation
  • Everlight Electronics
  • Heptagon
  • Maxim Integrated
  • ROHM Semiconductor
  • Sharp
  • Sitronix Technology Corporation
  • Vishay Intertechnology

Segmentation by application and analysis of the light sensors market

  • Consumer electronics
  • Building automation
  • Automotive

During 2015, the consumer electronics segment led the light sensors market, accounting for more than 84% of the revenue market shares. Technological advances in sensing technology have enabled the adoption of light sensors in consumer electronics. These sensors can be integrated with other components and work in close collaboration with each other to achieve optimized results. For example, the integration of an ambient light sensor (ALS) and a proximity sensor into a single chip is embedded in smartphones to control the backlighting of the screen by detecting the proximity of the user to the phone. The technology is being increasingly used in mobile computing devices such as smartphones, tablets, phablets, and notebooks, which will boost this market segment’s growth over the next four years.

Geographical segmentation and analysis of the light sensors market

  • Americas
  • APAC
  • EMEA

In terms of geography, the APAC region dominated the light sensors market and is expected to hold nearly 54% of the market shares during 2015. The growth of this market in APAC is attributed to the presence of leading mobile manufacturers in countries, such as China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and India. Moreover, the increasing demand for improved display and power management in mobile devices, as well as the need for smart operations of consumer electronics, will propel this market’s growth in the region during the predicted period.

Key questions answered in the report include

  • What will the market size and the growth rate be in 2020?
  • What are the key factors driving the global light sensors market?
  • What are the key market trends impacting the growth of the global light sensors market?
  • What are the challenges to market growth?
  • Who are the key vendors in the global light sensors market?
  • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the vendors in the global light sensors market?
  • What are the trending factors influencing the market shares of the Americas, APAC, and EMEA?
  • What are the key outcomes of the five forces analysis of the global light sensors market?

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Table of Contents

PART 01: Executive summary

  • Highlights

PART 02: Scope of the report

  • Definition
  • Report overview
  • Base year and forecast period
  • Geographical segmentation
  • Common currency conversion rates
  • Top-vendor offerings

PART 03: Market research methodology

  • Research methodology
  • Economic indicators

PART 04: Introduction

  • Key market highlights
  • Technology landscape

PART 05: Market landscape

  • Market overview
  • Market size and forecast
  • Five forces analysis

PART 06: Market segmentation by application

  • Global light sensor market by application
  • Consumer electronics
  • Building automation
  • Automotive

PART 07: Geographical segmentation

  • Global light sensor market by geography
  • Light sensor market in APAC
  • Light sensor market in Americas
  • Light sensor market in EMEA

PART 08: Market drivers

PART 09: Impact of drivers

PART 10: Market challenges

PART 11: Impact of drivers and challenges

PART 12: Market trends

PART 13: Vendor landscape

  • Competitive scenario
  • Market figure snapshot

PART 14: Appendix

  • List of abbreviations

PART 15: Explore Technavio

Research Framework

Technavio presents a detailed picture of the market by way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources. The analysts have presented the various facets of the market with a particular focus on identifying the key industry influencers. The data thus presented is comprehensive, reliable, and the result of extensive research, both primary and secondary.


Primary sources

  • Manufacturers and suppliers
  • Channel partners
  • Industry experts
  • Strategic decision makers

Secondary sources

  • Industry journals and periodicals
  • Government data
  • Financial reports of key industry players
  • Historical data
  • Press releases


Data Synthesis

  • Collation of data
  • Estimation of key figures
  • Analysis of derived insights

Data Validation

  • Triangulation with data models
  • Reference against proprietary databases
  • Corroboration with industry experts



  • Market drivers
  • Market challenges
  • Market trends
  • Five forces analysis


  • Market size and forecast
  • Market segmentation
  • Geographical insights
  • Competitive landscape
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