Lighting Industry News

NEMA Calls on Secretary of Energy to Complete Rulemaking for General Service Lamps

April 28, 2017: 7:15am
ROSSLYN, Va.—The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has formally requested that the Secretary of Energy complete a rulemaking for general service lamps (light bulbs) that Congress required in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA-2007). The Department of Energy (DOE) began the rulemaking in December 2013 and published two rules on January 19, 2017, addressing o... Read More

Cree's Plan Makes Sense

April 28, 2017: 7:00am
On Tuesday, Cree reported a 7% decrease in third quarter revenue to $342 million and shares of Cree stock dropped nearly 8%. The same day Cree announced a joint venture with San'an Optoelectronics.  Read the press release here. Although the joint venture is based in Hong Kong, San'an is headquartered in Xiamen, China.  San'an claims to be "...the largest and earliest-established industrialize... Read More

BART Station Emergency Lighting Failed During Recent Blackout

April 28, 2017: 5:31am
SAN FRANCISCO — On Friday, April 21, when a widespread power outage struck a large swath of San Francisco, Kathleen Lassle exited a train at the Montgomery BART station in total darkness. Normally, an emergency lighting system, required under state building and fire codes, would activate in the event the power is out. But it didn’t, a failure that state and local regulators called troubling, ... Read More

R.I.P. Steve Squillace

April 27, 2017: 4:22pm
EdisonReport has learned that former IES President, Stephen S. Squillace, age 91, died peacefully at St. John Macomb Hospital in Warren on April 24, 2017. Former IES President, Dr. Alan Lewis stated, "Steve was indeed one of a kind and will be fondly remembered by all of us who knew and greatly respected him.  He was a curmudgeon to be sure, and we loved him for it.  His brilliance was surpasse... Read More

85% Premium!!!! Behind the Lumenpulse Privatization Deal

April 27, 2017: 9:50am
Lumenpulse party at LIGHTFAIR 2016, San Diego EXCLUSIVE:  MUST CREDIT EDISONREPORT.  The Lumenpulse privatization deal calls for a staggering 85% premium over the 26 APR closing price.  We spoke to Francois-Xavier Souvay, Chairman, President, and CEO of Lumenpulse about his decision to take the company private at such a high price.   In my phone interview with FX, he shared the following,... Read More

Behind the Legrand-Finelite Deal

April 27, 2017: 9:00am
EXCLUSIVE:  Must credit EdisonReport.   Late yesterday, EdisonReport received our first rumor regarding Legrand's acquisition of Finelite and we have been working the story since. This morning, after we published the rumor, we did receive a one-sentence validation from Jerry Mix, Finelite's CEO, confirming our story.   We have talked to a few industry experts, a Fiinelite agent, and a Finelite... Read More

Lumenpulse to Be Taken Private by Founder F-X Souvay, His Existing Partners and Power Energy Corporation

April 27, 2017: 7:37am
Lumenpulse Shareholders to Receive $21.25 Per Share in Cash. Approx 600M CAD ($440M) MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC--(Marketwired - April 27, 2017) - Lumenpulse Inc. (TSX:LMP) ("Lumenpulse" or the "Company"), the parent company of Lumenpulse Group, a leading manufacturer of high performance, specification-grade LED lighting solutions, is pleased to announce that it has entered into an arrangement agreeme... Read More

Legrand Continues Acquisition Spree; Acquires Finelite

April 27, 2017: 6:40am
EXCLUSIVE:  MUST CREDIT EDISONREPORT....EdisonReport has learned that Legrand is acquiring Finelite.   We have further learned that Lighting will be the first official sector of Legrand, which consists of Finelite, Pinnacle and OCL.  Although John Selldorff will be president of the sector, each subsidiary will have its own president. EdisonReport expects to have an internal Legrand letter late... Read More

Cree Lays Off Approximately 70

April 27, 2017: 6:13am
EXCLUSIVE:   MUST CREDIT EDISONREPORT.  EdisonReport has learned that Cree had a layoff this week.  A spokesman for the company sent EdisonReport the following statement: Cree took workforce actions primarily in its Durham, N.C. and Racine, WI facilities today affecting approximately 70 employees in our lighting business and IT organization, which represents about 1% of Cree’s employees. The... Read More

IES Progress Report Now Accepting Submissions

April 25, 2017: 7:51am
 Maximize you lighting product's chances for success Submit your latest products to the 2017 IES Progress Report. The mission of the IES Progress Committee is to keep in touch with developments in the art and science of lighting throughout the world and prepare a yearly report of achievements for the Society. Acceptance in the Progress Report is based on an impartial judging process ... Read More

Philips Lighting Goes Big. Launches InterAct Office, Combining LaaS and Wireless

April 25, 2017: 7:08am
*Editor's Note:  In an earlier version of this story, EdisonReport incorrectly stated that InterAct Office combined LaaS and POE.  The title has been corrected. New wireless lighting system allows building managers to enjoy smart office benefits sold through ‘Light as a Service’ business model Launched first in North America to address existing 15 billion square feet office floor space m... Read More

LEDs Magazine: Rea & Freyssinier Comment on CRI

April 25, 2017: 7:05am
We were pleased to see the article from Papamichael, Siminovitch, Veitch, and Whitehead in LEDs Magazine in response to our article, "CRI should never be used in efficacy regulations but a new lumen definition should."... Read More

New York Unveils its First "Bridge Light Show" on Thursday

April 24, 2017: 6:49am
The state will host its first of what it calls "The New York Harbor of Lights" show Thursday with the grand opening of the new Kosciuszko Bridge that links Queens and Brooklyn. Last fall, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced his plan to put light shows on New York City bridges and tunnels, touting it would be a tourist attraction for the state. The announcement came along with plans to improve bridge toll... Read More

Philips Lighting Reports 17% Increase in Core Earnings

April 21, 2017: 7:20am
AMSTERDAM, April 21 (Reuters) - Philips Lighting , the world's biggest lighting maker, reported a 17 percent increase in first-quarter core earnings on Friday, beating expectations on rising LED sales in Europe that offset falling sales of traditional bulbs. Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, and amortisation (EBITA) were 142 million euros ($152.18 million) from 121 million in the same peri... Read More

Frost & Sullivan: LED Lighting is Likely to Account for 80% of the Total Lighting Market by 2020

April 20, 2017: 7:10am
According to the latest report 'Global LED Lighting Market (2017 Update)', from Frost & Sullivan’s Homes & Building team, the LED lighting market accounted for almost 60 percent of global lighting in 2016 and was worth $47,303 million, growing 18.1 percent from the previous year. LED lighting is likely to account for 80 percent of the total lighting market by 2020, creating an $80 billi... Read More

GE Lighting Donates LED Light Bulbs to the Chattanooga Furniture Bank

April 20, 2017: 7:07am
"Our LED technology is always changing, and sometimes we end up with a surplus of our older models in our distribution centers," GE Lighting public affairs manager Andrea Vullo said.... Read More

Brodrick: Lumileds Appears to Have Solved Quantum Dots Barrier

April 19, 2017: 1:02pm
April 19, 2017 All Fired Up About Down-Conversion As you probably know, the process of down-conversion by phosphors has been central to the development of white-emitting LEDs. That's because, for most white-LED systems, the LED emits blue photons, most of which are converted to green-yellow and red by a layer of phosphors that typically rests on top of the LED, with the resulting color mix perce... Read More

Lutron Integrates with Google Home

April 19, 2017: 7:42am
COOPERSBURG, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Lutron Electronics today announced a new integration with Google Home that allows homeowners to easily control their Lutron Caséta Wireless, RadioRA 2 and HomeWorks QS lighting systems using the Google Assistant, offering greater flexibility and peace of mind. Now –with a few words– you can have hands-free assistance controlling lights in your connecte... Read More

ShotSpotter First to Notify Police in Fresno Shooting

April 18, 2017: 4:20pm
In late November, 2015, EdisonReport reported on a MOU between GE Lighting and ShotSpotter.  (Read the article here).  Today, during a shooting in Fresno, police credit ShotSpotter with saving lives as they were alerted by ShotSpotter seconds after the initial shots were fired.   Three people were murdered today including an employee of Pacific Gas & Electric.  The suspect was take into cu... Read More

By Demand: Early Bird Registration for ER's Lifetime Achievement Awards Extended to April 21

April 18, 2017: 1:44pm
NASHVILLE, April 18, 2017--As LIGHTFAIR has decided to extend their early registration deadline, EdisonReport has decided to do the same thing with our 2nd Annual Lifetime Achievement Awards.  The early-bird registration will end on 21 APR and the event sold out last year, so book your tickets now. 2017 Honorees: Bill Busch Terry Clark Glenn Grunewald Tom Harding Bill Marshall Terry McGo... Read More