Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups working on innovative lighting solutions. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we decided to share our insights with you. This time, we are taking a look at 5 promising solid-state lighting startups.
Heat Map: 5 Top Solid-State Lighting Startups
Using our StartUs Insights Discovery Platform, covering 1.379.000+ startups & scaleups globally, we looked at innovation in the field of lighting technologies. For this research, we identified 172 relevant solutions and picked 5 to showcase below. These companies were chosen based on a data-driven startup scouting approach, taking into account factors such as location, founding year, and relevance of technology, among others. Depending on your specific criteria, the top picks might look entirely different.
The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 5 startups & emerging companies developing innovative solid-state lighting solutions. Moreover, the Heat Map reveals regions that observe a high startup activity and illustrates the geographic distribution of all 172 companies we analyzed for this specific topic.
Primelite – Ultraviolet Light Emitting Diodes (UV-LED)
Until recently, a mercury arc lamp was the only source capable of providing high-intensity light suitable for ultraviolet photolithography exposure. The developments in LED technology makes it a reliable alternative to mercury lamps, which are anyway not energy efficient. UV LED also generates less heat due to its higher efficiency which, in turn, also contributes to a higher operating lifespan.
German startup Primelite develops UV-LED light sources for applications in semiconductor manufacturing, UV-LED curing, and digital micromirror device (DMD), as well as digital light processing (DLP) illumination, and higher power LED applications. Primelite’s range of products includes fiber-coupled UV-LED light sources, photolithography UV-LED exposure systems, performance optics, and DMD/DLP illuminators. Primelite also offers customizable UV-LED solutions, depending on the clients’ requirements.
Aurea Lighting – Human-Centric Lighting (HCL)
The lighting industry is buzzing with activity due to recent developments in the Internet of Things (IoT) technology and the resulting innovations in smart homes and buildings. Human-centric lighting is a recent area of innovation within the field of smart lighting that mimics the outside lighting to provide natural lighting indoors. Some recent estimates predict the value of the HCL market to be valued at more than $3 billion by the end of 2024.
The US-based startup Aurea Lighting develops human-centric LED lighting for schools, offices, and homes. The HCL uses a patented dye film that converts blue LED light to natural light that suits physiological needs. Aurea’s HCL solution aims to increase alertness in students and productivity in workers during the day. The solution provides better sleep at night while also assisting recovery processes in hospitals.
Quandela – Quantum Photonics
Quantum photonic applications, such as quantum communication and quantum computing, utilize the properties of quantum mechanics to encode, transmit, and process information. Individual photons need to be easily distinguishable as they are critical for applications that use quantum photonics. Current quantum photonic chips and systems are large and bulky, prompting startups to work on solutions that make quantum systems compact and even portable.
French startup Quandela specializes in developing solid-state light sources that are used in the research and development (R&D) of quantum photonics and quantum information. Their quantum photonic chip, e-delight, is an efficient solid-state light source that produces single and identical photons with emission wavelengths between 924 and 928 nanometers.
Heliohex – Horticulture Lighting
Modern horticulture and indoor farming are paving the way for sustainable agricultural practices with recent developments aiming to achieve and exceed traditional farming output. LED lighting enables companies to take indoor farming to its next phase, in terms of productivity and yield. Energy-efficient lighting work to simulate the effects of natural light while using automation. This drives its development by several agritech and smart city startups.
The US-based startup Heliohex develops IoT-enabled LED lighting for the horticulture sector. The lighting system adjusts the color and wavelength of the light to better suit the photoreceptors in plants. The IoT-controlled systems simulate the cycle of the sun, from sunrise to sunset, and even reproduces the changes that occur due to seasonal variations for optimal crop growth.
Novalu – Smart City Lighting
IoT is driving large-scale innovation for various smart city projects. Among them, one of the largest infrastructural developments is in lighting. The benefits of smart city lighting projects include reduction of energy and maintenance costs, increased public safety, and increased visibility for traffic management. In addition, LEDs also potentially reduce the environmental impact of cities.
Danish startup Novalu is providing smart city lighting solutions using IoT networking. The startup offers Lumintell, a plug-and-play solution that creates a wireless mesh of connected streetlights. Novalu enables users to monitor and control individual or groups of connected devices through its mesh network. Apart from centralized control, this also results in a cost and energy-efficient system that reduces carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions along with maintenance costs.
What About The Other 167 Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence and enable you to achieve your goals faster. The 5 solid-state lighting solutions showcased above are promising examples out of 172 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria, get in touch