LED lighting is one of the driving forces behind the buoyant high-bay luminaires and lamps market, according to a report from Navigant Research.

The analyst predicts that sales of the lamps will peak at almost $23.5 billion in 2017, with interest in networked lighting controls also among the key trends.

LED lighting has clear benefits for high-bay installations, thanks to the longevity of the luminaires, and the low maintenance demands associated with that.

It can also be beneficial in hazardous areas, such as warehouses and industrial settings where flammable vapours may be present, as the lower operating temperatures of LEDs and the securely sealed luminaire units can mean less risk of ignition.

Some technologies suited to hazardous areas – such as networked lighting controls – have other advantages as well, for example being able to adjust the quality of the lighting to save energy and running costs.

Alvin Chen, research analyst with Navigant Research, said: “High-bay and industrial lighting customers are beginning to see a wider array of LED products that can meet their various needs.

“Enhanced controllability, decreasing prices, and greater service offerings will begin to speed up the shift toward LED lighting.”