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  • Published On : May 2022
  • Code : CMI5010
  • Industry : Advanced Materials
  • Pages : 110
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A light diffuser film is a semi-transparent piece of material placed in between a light source and a subject to diffuse the light as it passes through the film. The light diffusion film does not solely block or cut light, but redirects light as it passes through for a diffused light spread on a subject.

The global light diffusion film market is estimated to surpass US$ 1,032 mn by the end of 2030 in terms of revenue, exhibiting a CAGR of 2.9% during the forecast period (2022 to 2030).


The light diffusion films are excellent material to provide best diffused light used for various purposes. The flash diffuser spreads the light from the flash of a camera. A diffusion filter of this type may also be used in front of a non-flash studio light to soften the light on the scene being shot; such filters are used in still photography, in film lighting, and in stage lighting. In the film and stage industry, a diffusion filter may also be called diffusion gel, or just diffusion. The growing use of camera for the cinematography is driving the market for the light diffuser films. According to the FICCI-EY (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry) report 2021, the media and entertainment business is estimated to grow 25% to reach US$ 23.29 billion in 2021. 

Among regions, Asia Pacific held dominant position in the global Light Diffusion Film market in accounting for 38.7% market share, in terms of revenue, followed by North America & Europe

Figure 1. Global Light Diffusion Film Market Revenue Share (%), By Region, 2021

Light Diffusion Film  | Coherent Market Insights

Market Restraints

The stringent government regulations owing to the increasing CO2 emission is restricting the adoption of use of plastic in various applications. The pollution created by plastics impacts the environment and causes harm to animals, humans and plants through plastic pollutants. Due to these factors many governments has imposed strict regulations. For instance, of India notifies the Plastic Waste Management Amendment Rules, 2021, prohibiting identified single use plastic items by 2022. The Union government of India has proposed a countrywide ban on single use plastic, one central and many state regulations already exist to ban plastics. The Plastic Waste Management Rules (PWM), 2016 (amended in 2018), banned the use of plastic carry bags below 50 microns' thickness all over the country.

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Light Diffusion Film Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2021 Market Size in 2021: US$ 738 Mn
Historical Data for: 2017 – 2020 Forecast Period: 2022 to 2030
Forecast Period 2022 to 2030 CAGR: 2.9% 2030 Value Projection: US$ 1,032 Mn
Geographies covered:
  • Regions: North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Middle East & Africa
Segments covered:
  • By Raw Material: Polycarbonate Sheets, Acrylic Sheets, Polypropylene, Others
  • By Type: 0.215 mm, 0.23 mm
  • By Application: Window Glasses, Roof Skylights, Others (Cinematography, Photography etc.)
Companies covered:

3M, SKC, Kimoto Ltd, Exciton, Xin Guang Laser, Shinhwa, Keiwa Plc, Tsujiden Co, Yongtek, Lintec, TTV GmbH, Fusion Optix, Hayashi Felt, Avery Dennisen corporation, and Whiteoptix, LLC.

Growth Drivers:
  • Growth of construction industry
  • Technological advancement in the production of light diffuser films
Restraints & Challenges:
  • Stringent government regulations regarding the use of plastic

Market Trends

The use of light diffuser films in the windows for the protection against the sunlight is a latest trend in the global light diffuser film market. More and more skyscrapers are being constructed in all over the world where maintaining the inside temperature of the inner side of building is a big concern. The growing population, rapid urbanization & industrialization, and improving wealth along with living standards, have boosted the building & construction sector growth across the globe. Light diffuser films coated windows provides a better alternative for the regular windows. The windows having a light diffuser film coating could significantly reduce the amount of light transmitting from the window glasses which is a key trend in the global light diffuser film market.

On the basis of applications, in 2021accounted for 45.60% of the revenue share, in the global . These products are projected to remain a preferred choice among the consumers, owing to their low price and easy availability through various channels including brick and mortar stores and e-commerce portals. Light Diffuser Films are specially designed to offer better and more uniform light diffusion across a window or lightbox.  This means that they will diffuse the sun's rays, daylight or artificial light in a more effectively measured way than a standard privacy, solar control or tinted film. 

Figure 2. Global Light Diffusion Film Market Revenue Share (%), By Applications, 2021

Light Diffusion Film  | Coherent Market Insights

Global Light Diffusion Film Market - Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

The global market for light diffusion film has been impacted due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Several governments across the globe have imposed nationwide lockdowns to limit the spread of the virus, which resulted in the shutting down of businesses and ceasing of several economic activities especially building and construction industry. For instance, according to the International Monetary Fund’s 2020 report, the global economy contracted sharply by 3.0% in 2020, which is worse than the 2008-09 financial crisis. Moreover, the supply chain disruption has indirectly led to low demand for the light diffusion film.

Competitive Section

Key players operating in the global light diffusion film market include 3M, SKC, Kimoto Ltd, Exciton, Xin Guang Laser, Shinhwa, Keiwa Plc, Tsujiden Co, Yongtek, Lintec, TTV GmbH, Fusion Optix, Hayashi Felt, Avery Dennisen Corporation, and Whiteoptix, LLC.

Light diffusion film is a multi-layered coated films that is used for light enhancement and protection of the direct lightning and many other purpose. Moreover these films are resistant to heat, moisture, and have high durability against bending and curving, they help in the reduction of light and provide better light control effect which are important for the photography and cinematography where light is an important aspect.

A light diffusion film is an optical sheet with light scattering properties mounted in the light source’s direction. It actually smoothens the illumination and minimizes the sharpness of the shadows. The light diffusion film ensures uniform illumination from light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and thus an essential part of the overall lightning system.

Market Dynamics:

A skylight or roof window can admit more than 3 times as much light as a vertical window of the same size. Skylights and roof windows can thus increase the amenity of internal spaces that might otherwise require artificial lighting or ventilation, such as windowless rooms. The green building sector is the largest consumer of the light diffusion films for roof skylights. According to world green building council, A survey of over 2000 industry professionals revealed there is increasing interest in more sustainable practices within the construction industry. The 2018 Green Building Trends report reveals that global industry leaders are aiming to make at least 60% of their projects sustainable or are investing in renewable energy. The rising concept of green building construction will help to grow the market for light diffusion film as roof skylight.

The global light diffusion material is are polycarbonate, acrylic sheets, polypropylene and other sheet based products. Acrylic and polycarbonate plastic are often recommended for various applications where the material size, weight and strength must be considered.

Acrylic Light Diffusers produce a soft lightning effect by regulating the brightness of harsh lightning. They can also help save energy by offering more even lightning, reducing the need for additional fixtures. Besides, they protect lightning fixtures from dust as well. Bulk polymerization is a process by which acrylic plastic polymers are formed. Batch cell or continuous system processing is used to form the acrylic, depending on the thickness and shape required. Polycarbonate light diffusion films is a light diffuser film that comes in the thickness ranging from 0.5mm to 0.6mm. Polycarbonate light diffusion films are used in LED lights, office lamps and fluorescent lights.

Increasing construction activities across the globe are projected to drive the global light diffusion materials market during the forecast period. For instance, in September 2021, According to Bureau of Labour Statistics, construction is likely to be the most rapidly growing industry across the Light diffusion materials are considered a preferred choice for use in various commercial buildings such as offices and schools, as these materials distribute light evenly and provide a wider viewing angle. Thus, with growth of the construction industry, the demand for light diffusion film is also expected to increase during the forecast period.

Key features of the study:

  • This report provides an in-depth analysis of Light Diffusion Film market, and provides market size (US$ Million) and compound annual growth rate (CAGR %) for the forecast period (2022-2030), considering s the base year
  • It elucidates potential revenue opportunity across different segments and explains attractive investment proposition matrix for this market
  • This study also provides key insights about market drivers, restraints, opportunities, new product launches or approvals, regional outlook, and competitive strategies adopted by key players
  • It profiles key players in the global light diffusion film based on the following parameters – company overview, financial performance, product portfolio, geographical presence, distribution strategies, key developments and strategies, and future plans
  • Key companies covered as a part of this study include 3M, SKC, Kimoto Ltd, Exciton, Xin Guang Laser, Shinhwa, Keiwa Plc, Tsujiden Co, Yongtek, Lintec, TTV GmbH, Fusion Optix, Hayashi Felt, Avery Dennisen Corporation, and Whiteoptix, LLC.
  • Insights from this report would allow marketers and management authorities of companies to make informed decision regarding future products launches, technology up gradation, market expansion, and marketing tactics
  • The global light diffusion film market report caters to various stakeholders in this industry including investors, suppliers, cotton pad manufacturers, distributors, new entrants, and financial analysts
  • Stakeholders would have ease in decision-making through various strategy matrices used in analyzing the global light diffusion film market

Detailed Segmentation:

  • Global Light Diffusion Film Market, By Raw Material:
    • Polycarbonate
    • Acrylic Sheets
    • Polypropylene
    • Other
  • Global Light Diffusion Film Market, By Type:
    • 215 mm
    • 23 mm
  • Global Light Diffusion Film Market, By Application:
    • Window Glasses
    • Roof Skylights
    • Others (Cinematography, Photography, etc.)
  • Global Light Diffusion Film Market, By Region:
    • North America
      • By Country:
        • U.S.
        • Canada
    • Latin America
      • By Country:
        • Brazil
        • Argentina
        • Mexico
        • Rest of Latin America
    • Europe
      • By Country:
        • U.K.
        • Germany
        • France
        • Italy
        • Spain
        • Russia
        • Rest of Europe
    • Asia Pacific
      • By Country:
        • China
        • India
        • Japan
        • ASEAN
        • South Korea
        • Australia
        • Rest of Asia Pacific
    • Middle East
      • By Country:
        • GCC
        • Rest of Middle East
    • Africa
      • By Country:
        • North Africa
        • Central Africa
        • South Africa
  • Company Profiles
    • 3M *
      • Company Overview
      • Product Portfolio
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Strategies
      • Recent Developments
      • Future Plans
    • SKC
    • Kimoto Ltd
    • Exciton
    • Xin Guang Laser
    • Shinhwa
    • Keiwa Plc
    • Tsujiden Co
    • Yongtek
    • Lintec,
    • TTV GmbH
    • Fusion Optix
    • Hayashi Felt
    • Avery Dennisen Corporation
    • Whiteoptix, LLC.

“*” marked represents similar segmentation in other categories in the respective section.

Frequently Asked Questions

The global Light Diffusion Film market is estimated to surpass US$ 1,052 million by 2030 and is expected to exhibit a CAGR between 2022 and 2030.
The growing demand for the light diffuser film coated windows for the building and construction projects is the major factors that are expected to drive growth of the market.
The use of light diffusing films in the cinematography for the better light dispersion is the key trend in the market. 
The stringent government regulation regarding plastic and there usage is the restraining factor for the market.
Major players operating in the market include 3M, SKC, Kimoto Ltd, Exciton, Xin Guang Laser, Shinhwa, Keiwa Plc, Tsujiden Co, Yongtek, Lintec, TTV GmbH, Fusion Optix, Hayashi Felt, Avery Dennisen corporation, and Whiteoptix, LLC.
The US$ 738 million market was valued at million, in terms of revenue in 2021.

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