Lighting Industry News

Peter Boyce Named Lux's Person of the Year

November 17, 2017: 4:55am
  Peter Boyce received the prestigious Person of the Year Award At the Lux Awards at the InterContinental London.  During his acceptance speech, Peter contrasted the science of lighting and the business of lighting, which are many times at odds.  He explained that he always worked on the science side, and noted the irony of  being recognized by the business side, "I must have done somethin... Read More

LuxLive Report: LiFi is Real!

November 16, 2017: 9:40am
Editor’s Note: This is the first EdisonReport update sent using light to transmit. Your humble editor has been keeping up with LiFi since it first came on the scene in 2011. In fact, I had the privilege of negotiating the sale of the URL, originally owned by LUXIM. It was the single most profitable sale I have ever been involved and I earned a sweet commission. At LuxLive, I saw the w... Read More

Will Current, still be Powered by GE? NO!

November 15, 2017: 2:03pm
While attending LuxLive in the UK, your humble editor has learned that Current will no longer be Powered by GE. Specifically, we can confirm that GE's Current is for sale. Developing...... Read More

Will Current, still be Powered by GE?

November 14, 2017: 4:31am
With big, bad GE news breaking late Sunday, I had a decision to make.  Should I fly to Cleveland or Boston? It’s no secret that GE Lighting is for sale; in fact, it is a story that EdisonReport broke in June.  The real question is what will happen to Current.  Is it on the chopping block, as reported by the Boston Business Journal?  Will GE try to put the old band back together and strip ou... Read More

Mixed Messages for Lighting, Current by GE's CEO John Flannery

November 13, 2017: 9:13am
This morning, CNBC published a slide show that was to be given by GE's CEO John Flannery at an investment forum in Boston.  It is dangerous to draw conclusions from merely looking at a PPT and not having the context of the presentation, but there are a few interesting points that I found during my flight to Boston. 1. The below slides shows 125 years of innovation and lighting is only mentioned ... Read More

GE Cuts Dividend in Half

November 13, 2017: 5:58am
The new quarterly dividend will be 12 cents a share, down from 24 cents a share. The change will be effective the next time a dividend is declared, which is expected to be in December.... Read More

EdisonReport's Camera Crew Will be Rolling at Two Unmissable Days at LuxLive This Week

November 13, 2017: 5:11am
Revolutionary technology debuts at LuxLive.   From LiFi to Bluetooth Mesh, intelligent controls and weather-monitoring street lighting plus the very latest in emergency lighting, all the latest kit will be on show at LuxLive. See this and heaps of other new tech from more than 200 exhibitors.       ... Read More

Please Welcome Netgear to our Industry

November 09, 2017: 7:17am
Editor's Note:  Fortunately, they appear focused on the outdoor residential market. ------------------------------------------------------------ With the Arlo Smart Security Light, the lights will activate as soon as motion is detected, which means the smart camera can start recording the event with better lighting. The lights can be connected to the same smartphone app that sends you alerts wh... Read More

Energy Focus Reports $1.8M Loss on $5.0M Revenue

November 09, 2017: 7:06am
SOLON, Ohio (AP) _ Energy Focus Inc. (EFOI) on Wednesday reported a loss of $1.8 million in its third quarter. On a per-share basis, the Solon, Ohio-based company said it had a loss of 15 cents. Losses, adjusted for restructuring gains, came to 17 cents per share.... Read More

Samsung Introduces COB LED Package Delivering a TM-30 Gamut Index (Rg) of over 110

November 07, 2017: 9:10pm
SEOUL, South Korea--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a world leader in advanced digital component solutions, today announced a new family of chip-on-board LED lighting packages, labeled the “Samsung D-series Special Color.” The packages are engineered to bring out the most desirable color tones of objects whose viewing is particularly color-sensitive, making them optimal for man... Read More

Continental and Osram Plan JV for Intelligent Lighting Solutions in Automotive

November 07, 2017: 9:07pm
EGENSBURG, Germany and MUNICH, Nov. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Technology companies Continental and Osram today announced their intention to establish a joint venture. The idea is to combine innovative lighting technology with electronics and software to develop, manufacture and market intelligent lighting solutions for the automotive industry. The global joint venture would operate under the n... Read More

Rick Perry Steps into Light & Crime Debate

November 06, 2017: 8:45am
Speaking at an energy policy discussion Thursday, Energy Secretary Rick Perry suggested that better lighting in the developing world — powered by fossil fuels — could deter sexual assault. Perry was speaking about the lack of electricity in Africa, where he said people were dying from inhaling toxins produced by open fires used to heat and light homes. “But also from the standpoint of ... Read More

LRC's Response to the AMA Blue Light Issue

November 06, 2017: 4:18am
The introduction of solid-state lighting using light-emitting diode (LED) technology has ignited widespread interest in the ways that lighting can offer benefits to people, including improved visibility at night, enhanced perceptions of brightness and security, and spectral tuning for management of circadian rhythms. Yet, as illustrated in a recent report from the American Medical Association (AMA... Read More

RAB Lighting and Philips Lighting Resolve Patent Dispute

November 03, 2017: 9:03am
Northvale, New Jersey – RAB Lighting today announced it has settled its patent dispute with Philips Lighting and entered into a license agreement under the Philips Lighting EnabLED Luminaire and Retrofit Bulb program.  Philips Lighting had filed a complaint at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) alleging that RAB Lighting and six other companies who import and sell certain LED-b... Read More

Light + Building 2018: Digital, Reductionist, Refined – Lighting for the Modern World

November 02, 2017: 10:46am
  The changeover to LEDs over the past few years marks one of the biggest ever shifts in the history of lighting design. Because of the gradual introduction of the ban on tungsten lamps, manufacturers and designers have been forced, in a comparatively short time, to adapt their lighting concepts, not only in terms of the technology, but in terms of form, too. After a few years of ‘transi... Read More

LEDVANCE Transformation Continues

November 02, 2017: 10:30am
Editor's Note:  Below is a statement from LEDVANCE sent to the EdisonReport.   Our job is to publish the news, good or bad. When we learn of layoffs, we always contact the companies for verification--some deny or even mislead us.  LEDVANCE was very up front and EdisonReport appreciates their transparency. Given the lighting market’s transformation from traditional to LED, LEDVANCE has exami... Read More

Simkar Transformation Continues

November 01, 2017: 8:55am
EdisonReport has learned that Simkar laid off about 75 people during this year; approximately half in the spring and half in October.  We spoke to Glenn Grunewald, CEO,  who explained, "As the business changes, so do the skill set requirements.  We did layoff mechanical engineers, but we also hired electrical engineers."  He went on to say that they have hired 15 to 20 people during the same t... Read More

Report from Hong Kong International Lighting Fair

October 31, 2017: 2:09pm
HONG KONG—October 31, 2017.  Your humble editor attended the 19th Hong Kong International Lighting Fair and the second Hong Kong International Outdoor and Tech Light Expo, altogether the two shows attracted close to 69,000 buyers from 151 countries and regions, up 7% from last year. There were 2670 exhibitors from 38 countries and regions at the fair. If you are interested in commodity grade p... Read More

Philips Removes RAB from ITC Complaint

October 31, 2017: 8:46am
Last week, EdisonReport reported that Philips Lighting requested a postponement in their ITC complaint to 5 NOV.  At that time we speculated that Philips was close to negotiating a settlement with one or more of the targets and these targets asked Philips to request the delay. Today our opinion is confirmed.   EdisonReport has seen a document from Christine Lehman, of the law firm Finnegan, w... Read More

GE to Announce on 13 NOV which Business to be Sold Off; Stock Down 35% YTD

October 31, 2017: 8:21am
GE’s new chief executive, John Flannery, said in the company’s post-earnings call with analysts last week that on Nov. 13 he will provide a more detailed look at his plan to right the ship. The plan will include what businesses the company will focus on and what will be sold off, new operating processes, dividend and share repurchase targets and “how we communicate to investors,” accordin... Read More