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Lighting refers to the deliberately planned use of light for either a practical or aesthetic effect. It includes both artificial sources such as lamps and natural illumination. For many organizations, the energy used by lighting represents a high proportion of the total energy used within their facilities. By using advanced lighting control technologies, the efficiency of lighting systems can be optimized to ensure the right amount of light is provided when and where it is needed. Further, lighting control software not only minimizes unnecessary energy use, but it also reduces total lighting hardware costs and improves productivity among employees.
Lighting control software can perform complex lighting calculations and allows deep control over lighting hardware. It enables lighting designers and engineers to calculate and determine which configuration of lighting will provide the right amount of light where and when it is needed. Lighting designers can use the software to both simulate different lighting designs for projects before they are built or control various lighting solutions in indoor and outdoor lighting scenarios for residential, commercial, or industrial use cases. Lighting control software allows lighting elements to be controlled remotely. The software is capable of sending signals to hundreds of devices, sequencing them programmatically with a pre-determined sequence or creating effects live. It is ideal for both live performances and prerecorded shows.
Lighting control software provides advanced functions such as production of light at a particular shade or color through dimming arrays of LEDs of different colors. It allows remote programing and control through a centralized lighting management module. It also enables the monitoring of the performance of the lighting systems through centralized intelligent control systems that provide monitoring and alert capability. Lighting control software also provides compatibility with digital multiplex (DMX) lighting fixtures and LED controllers, which can be used to manage interior and architectural lighting at scales ranging from small household lights to electronic billboards.
Factors contributing to the growth of the lighting control software market are an increase in the need for control systems that maximize the energy savings from lighting system, centralized control and management of lighting devices for practical and aesthetical designs, identifying faults and failures, and satisfying safety regulations and other green lighting programs. Lighting designers, service installers, music bands, and DJs are prominent users of lighting control software.
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The lighting control software market can be segmented based on end-user, industry size, application, and region. In terms of application, the lighting control software market can be classified into visual control software and photometric study software. Photometric study software is used for simulation of different lighting calculations, planning the color and intensity of the lights in lighting scenes, calculation of energy consumption, and optimal position of emergency lighting. Visual control software is used for task-specific lighting management, central control of all lighting devices, manage pre-defined lighting events, generating reports of hardware status and energy consumption, identifying faults & failures, and planned maintenance activities.  
In terms of end-user, the lighting control software market can be divided into manufacturing industries, theatres, architectural firms, colleges & universities, government projects, private concerts & installations, and individuals such as students and lecturers. The government projects segment can be further divided into smart cities, road lights, government buildings, and public structures (bridges and statues).
In terms of region, the lighting control software market can be segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and South America. Countries considered in the analysis of the lighting control software market include the U.S., the U.K., Canada, China, Japan, India, Brazil, and Germany.
Key vendors operating in the lighting control software market include Philips Lighting Holding B.V.., Häfele GmbH & Co KG, Acuity Brands, Inc., OSRAM Licht AG, Cree, Inc., Hubbell Incorporated, Zumtobel Group, Honeywell International Inc., Legrand Pvt Ltd, Eaton Corporation, Lutron Electronics Co., Inc, and Softdel System Pte. Ltd..