Lighting Industry News

Cree Troffer Now at 150 LPW; 100K Lifetime

September 30, 2014: 7:10am
DURHAM, N.C., Sep 30, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Cree, Inc. CREE, +0.24%introduces the ZR High Efficacy (HE) LED troffer, an industry leading commercial specification-grade troffer designed to reduce energy consumption by 70 percent when compared to traditional fluorescent troffers, enabling greater design freedom for customers looking to achieve LEED certification. Cree’s vertical integration an... Read More

Introducing "Good Lighting Hygiene"

September 30, 2014: 6:19am
As more studies show the health impact of lighting, doctors might start to recommend "good lighting hygiene" for patients who, say, have trouble getting enough sleep at home, says Luc Schlangen, a senior scientist at Philips Lighting.... Read More

Let There be Light! Osram Lights the Vatican

September 30, 2014: 6:16am
Osram approached the Vatican Museum several years ago, offering to install a system that would provide uniform, brighter lights. The Vatican Museum paid Osram nothing for the system. European Union funds contributed about half of the $2.4 million cost, while Osram and other partners paid the rest. Osram opted for a technique it used at Munich's Lenbachhaus art museum, home to more than 150 Wassily... Read More

SuperBowl to be Played Under LED

September 29, 2014: 10:17am
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) When the Super Bowl kicks off in February at University of Phoenix Stadium, there's one thing the NFL won't have to worry about: an extended blackout.... Read More

Alert: Moon Landing was Real; Lighting Proves it

September 29, 2014: 7:10am
Many conspiracy theorists who believe the Apollo moon landings were an elaborate ruse point to an iconic photograph of Buzz Aldrin that they claim could only have been taken using an artificial light source. Turns out they were right, but, as a new digital reconstruction of the Apollo 11 landing site by computer graphics chipmaker Nvidia proves, that artificial light source was not from a movie st... Read More

Ford to Add 25,000 LED Lights to Factories

September 29, 2014: 7:02am
The 25,000 new LED fixtures will replace traditional high-intensity discharge and fluorescent lights, and are expected to reduce Ford’s energy use at manufacturing facilities by 56 million kilowatt-hours annually – enough to power more than 6,000 average-sized homes per year.... Read More

Acuity Brands Declares Dividend

September 29, 2014: 7:01am
ATLANTA, September 26, 2014 - The Board of Directors of Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI; "Company") today declared a quarterly dividend of 13 cents per share.  The dividend is payable on November 3, 2014 to shareholders of record on October 17, 2014.... Read More

Scott Muse of Hubbell Lighting, the Current Longest Running President of a Tier 1 Lighting Company, Retires

September 26, 2014: 12:43pm
“The single most important accomplishment is the development of our people. I have always expressed it is our people that are the greatest asset of this company and we are very fortunate that we have continued to attract, hire, develop and retain great people.”—Scott Muse   After a 35-year career in the electrical industry and having served as President of Hubbell Lighting since April 200... Read More

Boston Lights!

September 26, 2014: 9:04am
  Last week, we left the IES Street and Area Lighting Conference a few hours early to head to Boston for the 3rd Bi-Annual Boston Lights. This is crazy season for shows and we regret that were not able to attend Stan Deutch & Associates bi-annual show in New York—held at the same time.  Boston Lights had great WiFi and we were able to send live updates via Twitter, Linked-in and Faceb... Read More

Huffington Post Looks at Lighting; Lamp Powered by Octopus Bacteria

September 26, 2014: 7:20am
If the big switch from incandescent bulbs to CFLs has changed the way you see things, then you're definitely going to want to brace yourself for what's coming up next.  The future of lighting is here, folks, and this is what it looks like:  ... Read More

Lighting Science Group Hires Former Cree VP Wayne Nesbitt as COO

September 25, 2014: 7:31am
According to an SEC filing made on 24 SEP, Lighting Science Group has hired Wayne Nesbitt to be the Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Nesbitt's Linked in account does not yet reflect his move.   However, it does show that Nesbitt worked for Cree from January 2008 through January 2014.  Mr. Nesbitt was hired at LSG with a base salary of $300,000 and a five-year contract. Read more.  ... Read More

Glowing LED Hammocks for Adults to Play in Boston

September 25, 2014: 6:49am
We saw these in person last week at Boston Lights and it is one of the most unique uses of LED technology.... Read More

Philips LaaS: Lighting as a Standalone

September 24, 2014: 9:31am
As the industry water cooler talk centered around whether GE was going to spinoff its lighting business, it was Philips who was actually making those plans. The question we want to know is why split into HealthTech and Lighting?  Philips HealthTech has higher profits, so one might suspect the spinoff is designed to help HealthTech at the expense of Lighting. Your humble editor spoke with Steve ... Read More

IES Inks MOU with IEEE

September 24, 2014: 9:00am
New York — The Memorandum of Understanding between the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Incorporated (IEEE) and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) is established to encourage the exchange and dissemination of technical information, and to promote understanding and cooperation among the members of each organization.There are five components of the agreem... Read More

Finally Light Bulb Raises $15M; Plans to Launch 14 watt 60A Replacement

September 24, 2014: 8:40am
Woburn-based lighting startup Finally Light Bulb Co., a company created by IdeaPaint founder John Goscha, has raised about $15 million in Series B funding from undisclosed angel investors.... Read More

Philips to Split Company; Lighting will be Separate Entity

September 23, 2014: 6:52am
The CEO of Philips, Frans van Houten, told CNBC on Tuesday that splitting the company into two separate divisions would create significant opportunities for growth.  His comments come after the 120-year-old company revealed plans to create a stand-alone lighting business and merge its consumer and health-care divisions into a 15-billion euro ($19.28 billion) business. AP Story  CNBC Story/Vid... Read More

It's the Gamut, Damn It!

September 23, 2014: 5:44am
Last week at Boston Lights, Megan Carroll of Xicato displayed a color booth featuring an 80 CRI, 3000 K lamp on the left side compared to an 80 CRI, 3000 K lamp on the right.  Same CCT, same CRI, but very different appearances.  Megan attempted to explain the Gamut Area Index to  your humble (and simple) editor, but it did not quite sink in. She was gracious and sent this link which explains ... Read More

Soraa's CTO: "...what the well-intentioned IES meant to say..."

September 22, 2014: 10:00am
The Illumination Engineering Society (IES) recently published a “position statement” (PS-8-14) which states that color rendering “requirements should not be a metric used in energy regulations to characterize color attributes for solid state lighting.”  Read the complete blog at Soraa.... Read More

Swoboda Describes Cree's Secret Launch of A-Line Bulb; Considers Lighting as a Service

September 22, 2014: 8:09am
But Chuck Swoboda, Cree’s CEO, says the LED bulb was a stealth project even within the company. A small team developed the bulb working from an unmarked building apart from Cree’s main operations.  Swoboda says Cree could also get in the business of leasing light to customers. In this “lighting-as-a-service” model, a company owns and operates the lighting fixtures.... Read More

Crains: GE Lighting Sees Opportunities to Shine; Quotes EdisonReport

September 22, 2014: 7:51am
Being part of that team could signal that GE Lighting is important to the company, especially since it's led by Beth Comstock, according to an article published last week on a lighting industry website called the EdisonReport.  People the writer spoke to at the recent lighting conference said that “reporting to Comstock is a very good thing for Lighting as she is considered a rising star at GE.... Read More