UV LED Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The UV LED Market is segmented by Technology (UV-A, UV-B, UV-C), Application (Optical Sensor and Instrumentation, Counterfeit Detection, Sterilization, UV Curing, Medical Light Therapy), and Geography.

UV LED Industry Overview

UV LED Market Summary
Study Period: 2018 - 2028
Fastest Growing Market: Asia-Pacific
Largest Market: Asia-Pacific
CAGR: 23.2 %

Major Players

UV LED Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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UV LED Market Analysis

The UV LED Market is expected to register a CAGR of 23.2% over the forecast period. UV LED lighting offers longer lifetimes, greater reliability, and smaller sizes, enabling system designers maximum design freedom. Radiations with wavelengths from 180 to 280 nm are referred to as UV-C, and this is the range needed to be used effectively in decontamination, disinfection, and sterilization.

  • The critical advantage UV LEDs have over UV lamps is that they have a narrow band compared to UV lamps. The risk of exposure to the wrong wavelength gets reduced significantly. The applications, such as printing and medical operations, benefitted the most during the initial years.
  • The printing solution market is expected to witness a considerable increase in demand, owing to constant developments such as partnerships and innovations in the market. In January 2021, RMGT announced a UV LED partnership with GEW. RMGT adopted the high-performance GEW product as its definitive new solution in the ongoing technology improvement after months of evaluating all significant UV LED manufacturers.
  • UV LED lighting provides the user with a much more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly solution. With reduced maintenance, small compact sizing, and no preheating requirement, it is a more cost-effective and convenient option. UV-C LED lighting is more sustainable than traditional, providing evenly dispersed heat, instantaneous preheating, a concentrated light source, and durable housing. With such a flexible, user-friendly implementation, they can be integrated into various systems and improve the efficiency of the disinfection process.
  • Additionally, the electrical-to-UV-C conversion efficiency is already lower than that of mercury lamps. They consume substantially low power, making UV LEDs more energy efficient. UV LEDs can also be turned on and off instantly, whereas mercury tubes have a warm-up period before they reach full power, which means their energy consumption is less controllable.
  • With the COVID-19 outbreak, the ultraviolet LED market is witnessing significant growth in demand due to the rapid usage of germ-killing properties and disinfecting surfaces. Several countries, such as China and the United States, use ultraviolet lamps to clean surfaces and prevent people from getting infected. According to Photonics Media, the pandemic has increased the demand for ultraviolet LEDs that disinfect spaces.

UV LED Industry Segments

UV LED refers to using ultraviolet radiation within the wavelength of 240-400 nm to facilitate high productivity, enhanced safety, and diminished operational costs during different applications. Ultraviolet LED manufacturers have started focusing on improving productivity by adopting newer substrates to provide more sustainable and efficient UV LEDs.

The UV LED market is segmented by technology (UV-A, UV-B, UV-C), application (optical sensor and instrumentation, counterfeit detection, sterilization, UV curing, medical light therapy), and geography.

By Technology
By Application
Optical Sensors and Instrumentation
Counterfeit Detection
UV Curing
Medical Light Therapy
Other Applications
By Geography
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Latin America
Rest of Latin America
Middle East & Africa
United Arab Emirates
South Africa
Rest of Middle East & Africa

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UV LED Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the UV LED Market according to our research experts:

Sterilization to Hold Significant Market Share

  • The scope for a UV LED is becoming abundant in sterilization applications, as it is being proved to be the cheapest way to provide safe drinking water across the globe. This also offers monetary benefits to the players with increasing consumption.
  • The growing concern for water purity in developed and developing nations presents a substantial growth opportunity for ultraviolet LEDs to be adopted by consumers in both residential and commercial sectors. The rise in the world population and the scarcity of pure water have attracted many UV LED manufacturers toward the untapped water purification application market.
  • According to (IUVA) (International Ultraviolet Association), the portion of the ultraviolet spectrum that effectively works against germs in the water and air ranges between 200nm-300nm. This corresponds to the UV-B range, often to UV-C, and is sometimes termed germicidal ultraviolet light. Within such a range, ultraviolet light can penetrate the cells of microorganisms and disrupt the DNA, eliminating the ability to multiply and cause diseases.
  • UV germicidal irradiation has been considered one of the essential processes in the decontamination and disinfectant industry for decades. This process utilizes short-wavelength UV-C light to kill the microbes from 100 to 280 nm, but the effective wavelength range for decontamination is between 250-260 nm.​
  • UV LED is increasing significantly for sterilization applications, as it is considered of the cheapest ways to provide safe drinking water globally. The products would offer monetary advantages to companies and increase consumption.
  • The considerable investments in the sterilization sector further contribute to the market growth. GERMITEC, a global healthcare pioneer, in May 2022, commercialized and created high-level UV-C disinfection systems for ultrasound probes that essentially simplified health providers’ time tasks, safety, and responsibilities and announced the completion of a EURO 11 Million fundraising round.
UV LED Market: Annual Spending on Water Infrastructure, USD Billion, United States, 2020 and 2040

Asia-Pacific to Witness Significant Growth

  • The Asia-Pacific is expected to witness significant market growth over the forecast period. Several vendors based in Japan and China are making considerable investments in the expanding applications of UV LEDs.
  • The prominent ink manufacturers operating in China (like Toyo Ink Co. Ltd, DIC Corporation, and Japanese chemical companies operating in China) highlighted the increasing demand for ultraviolet inks, owing to the environmental advantages and the faster curing rates. For instance, the application of ultraviolet LEDs are materials (such as aluminum foil, paper, and plastic) package printing in end-user industries, such as wine and cigarette) ​
  • The Chinese central government expects China's automobile production to reach 35 Million units by 2025. With the increasing growth in automobile production, the need for ultraviolet LED is expected to increase owing to ultraviolet applications in painting, etc. ​On the contrary, ultraviolet LEDs last more than ten times longer, with lifespans of over 10,000 hours. This means UV LED decontamination can be run overnight to decontaminate more persistent pathogens.
  • Japan is considered a vast hub for technological advancements and hosts an active research and development base for efficient and newer UV-curable adhesives. Recently, novel UV-curable adhesive products are finding applications in the country's electrical, packaging, and automotive sectors. ​
  • Several vendors based out of Japan are making considerable investments in the expanding applications of ultraviolet LEDs, like sterilization and disinfection, in addition to the expansion activities.​
  • South Korea has comparatively low consumption levels of UV-curable resins, which is still prominent in the production phase. LED vendors based out of South Korea are expected to launch new series of UV-C LED products shortly. UV-C LEDs, which are challenging to manufacture technologically, are expected to significantly contribute to the market's growth in the Asia-Pacific region.​
UV LED Market - Growth Rate by Region

UV LED Market Competitor Analysis

The UV LED Market is competitive in nature. The market is highly fragmented. Some of the significant players in the market are Lumileds Holding B.V, Signify Holding, Nordson Corporation, GEW (EC) Limited, Seoul Viosys Co. Ltd, and Nichia Corporation.

  • March 2022 - Signify collaborated with Perfect Plants on grow lights. Two new climate cells are equipped with dimmable Philips GreenPower LED toplighting compact to grow lights and the Philips GrowWise Control System, providing a light system that can be used effectively and efficiently in every growth phase. The company is competing for a Dutch license for the legal cultivation of cannabis and recently invested in facilities for research and production. Signify supplies flexible GreenPower LED systems and specialist knowledge.

UV LED Market Top Players

  1. Lumileds Holding BV

  2. Nordson Corporation

  3. Seoul Viosys Co., Ltd

  4. Honle UV America Inc.

  5. Semileds Corporation

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

UV LED Market Concentration

UV LED Market Recent Developments

  • September 2022 - Nichia Corporation continued demonstrating its commitment to UV-C LED technology by releasing its high output 280nm NCSU434C. UV-C LED. Soon, the company will start mass production of another new high radiant flux UV-C LED to help target the inactivation and sterilization of various bacteria and viruses, specifically industrial water and air applications. Nichia promises to continue developing deep-ultraviolet LEDs and higher-power ultraviolet LEDs with improved performance to help solve various social issues and achieve a mercury-free and carbon-free society through energy conservation.
  • February 2022 - SemiLEDs and CrayoNano collaborated to create products based on CrayoNano’s hybrid material technologies and nanowires. SemiLEDs’ LED process technology helps CrayoNano accelerate the mid-to-long-term UV-C product roadmap. CrayoNano will own products under the terms of the arrangement, and innovation and R&D will stay in Trondheim, Norway.

UV LED Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumption and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.2.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.2.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.2.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.2.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.2.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    3. 4.3 Impact of COVID-19 on the UV LED Market


    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

      1. 5.1.1 Eco-friendly Composition of UV LED

      2. 5.1.2 Rising Adoption of the UV Curing Market

      3. 5.1.3 Increasing Adaptability Fueled by Low Total Cost of Ownership

    2. 5.2 Market Restraints

      1. 5.2.1 Increasing Manufacturing of UV LED Chips


    1. 6.1 By Technology

      1. 6.1.1 UV-A

      2. 6.1.2 UV-B

      3. 6.1.3 UV-C

    2. 6.2 By Application

      1. 6.2.1 Optical Sensors and Instrumentation

      2. 6.2.2 Counterfeit Detection

      3. 6.2.3 Sterilization

      4. 6.2.4 UV Curing

      5. 6.2.5 Medical Light Therapy

      6. 6.2.6 Other Applications

    3. 6.3 By Geography

      1. 6.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 6.3.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Rest of Europe

      3. 6.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. South Korea

        4. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 6.3.4 Latin America

        1. Brazil

        2. Chile

        3. Mexico

        4. Rest of Latin America

      5. 6.3.5 Middle East & Africa

        1. United Arab Emirates

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle East & Africa


    1. 7.1 Company Profiles

      1. 7.1.1 Lumileds Holding BV

      2. 7.1.2 Koninklijke Philips NV

      3. 7.1.3 Nordson Corporation

      4. 7.1.4 Honle UV America Inc.

      5. 7.1.5 Seoul Viosys Co. Ltd

      6. 7.1.6 Nichia Corporation

      7. 7.1.7 Semileds Corporation

      8. 7.1.8 EPIGAP Optronic GmbH

      9. 7.1.9 CRYSTAL IS Inc. (Asahi Kasei Corporation)

      10. 7.1.10 Heraeus Holding GmbH

      11. 7.1.11 FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corporation

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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UV LED Market Research FAQs

The UV LED Market is studied from 2018 - 2028.

The UV LED Market is growing at a CAGR of 23.2% over the next 5 years.

Asia-Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2018 - 2028.

Asia-Pacific holds highest share in 2021.

Lumileds Holding BV, Nordson Corporation, Seoul Viosys Co., Ltd, Honle UV America Inc., Semileds Corporation are the major companies operating in UV LED Market.

UV LED Industry Reports

In-depth industry statistics and market share insights of the UV LED sector for 2020, 2021, and 2022. The UV LED research report provides a comprehensive outlook of the market size and an industry growth forecast for 2023 to 2028. Available to download is a free sample file of the UV LED report PDF.

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