Are we there yet?
Speaking to lamp and luminaire manufacturers, VM&RD tried to analyse if lighting systems available in India meet global standards and what are the hurdles that create this gap.
This is what they say: Asian Retail Lighting: With access to international trends, the latest in the lighting technology are captured and integrated in the lighting products that are being made in India. However, the challenge still seems to be the cost imbalance between India and some countries due to the sheer volumes they produce, the exports, and the government regulations besides duties and taxes. This is expected to even out within the next few years. Philips Lighting India: With the constant advancement in science, the technological boundaries and the differences are becoming permeable. The lighting systems that are available in India are in league with the global standards. Wipro Lighting: Lighting systems especially LED luminaires available from reputed manufacturers like Wipro definitely meet global standards. Focus Lighting & Fixtures: In India there is no legislation in place with respect to the use of lighting standards and safety requirements which is creating a huge gap. This is the main reason that there are only few companies from India that comply with global standards, and are able to export. We are of the belief that though there is improvement, the lighting companies in India are stuck in a price war and not focusing on quality.