Lighting Industry News

Mr. Wu, Founder of NVC, China's Largest Lighting Manufacturer, Arrested

December 17, 2014: 7:12am
(UPDATED:   5:14 PM EST, 17 DEC 2014:  "Please be advised Chairman Wu has not invested in CRS Electronics in over a year.  He released all shares in CRS Electronics several months ago and resigned from its Board of Directors yesterday.  While we wish Chairman and Mrs. Wu every success in battling these charges, we wish to correct the record by stating he is in no way affiliated with CRS Electr... Read More

Lighting Distributor Found Guilty of Fraud

December 17, 2014: 7:10am
Michael J. Free, 62, former owner of Electra Lighting and Electric in North Huntingdon and Monroeville, went out of business after the state sued him for accepting money from customers and not delivering lighting fixtures they ordered.... Read More

IES Illumination Awards to Accept Videos

December 17, 2014: 6:14am
Submitters to the IES Illumination Awards program now have the option of including a project video with their project narrative and photos. Here are videos for three projects that received Awards of Excellence in 2014.... Read More

Kurt Versen Closes NJ Facility

December 16, 2014: 2:47pm
A long-time Westwood lighting products manufacturer says it will close its plant and lay off 102 workers, transferring the operation to an unnamed location.... Read More

Bruno Biasiotta Out at Philips; Amy Huntington In

December 16, 2014: 6:28am
EXCLUSIVE:  MUST CREDIT EDISONREPORT.   EdisonReport can confirm that Bruno Biasiotta, President and CEO of Philips Lighting Americas, our 2012 Person of the Year, will leave the company at the end of the year.   Biasiotta will be replaced by Amy Huntington, Ms. Huntington is currently the CEO - Philips Professional Lighting Solutions.  Developing........ Read More

Please welcome Amy....

December 15, 2014: 2:23pm
....developing.... Read More

GE Approves 5% Dividend Increase

December 15, 2014: 7:20am
AIRFIELD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Board of Directors of GE (GE) today raised the Company’s quarterly dividend 5%, or $0.01 per outstanding share of the Company’s common stock, to $0.23 per outstanding share of the Company’s common stock. The Board declared that the dividend is payable January 26, 2015 to shareowners of record at the close of business on December 22, 2014. The ex-divide... Read More

Graybar’s Larry Giglio to Retire; Scott Clifford Named Senior Vice President

December 12, 2014: 6:56am
ST. LOUIS, December 11, 2014 – Graybar, a leading distributor of electrical, communications and data networking products and provider of related supply chain management and logistics services, announced today that Senior Vice President-Operations, Lawrence R. Giglio will retire, effective February 1, 2015, after more than 36 years with the company.  Giglio is a member of the company’s... Read More

OLED. Coming to a Home Depot Near You

December 11, 2014: 7:02am
Acuity Brands, whose $2 billion in annual sales make it the largest lighting company in North America, is now selling OLED light fixtures in Home Depot.... Read More

Lights Out New York

December 11, 2014: 7:00am
Councilman Donovan Richards wants the city to turn out the lights.  In legislation that will be introduced today, Richards will seek to limit the number of lights kept on in commercial buildings at night. The bill has a series of exceptions for security reasons, seasonal displays and occupancy.... Read More

Jim Yorgey Elected National Lighting Bureau Chair

December 10, 2014: 8:24am
Silver Spring, MD: James M. Yorgey, P.E., LC, CTS, Lutron Electronics Company’s technical applications manager, has been elected chair of the National Lighting Bureau, the independent, not-for-profit, lighting-education foundation sponsored by professional societies, trade associations, manufacturers, utilities, and agencies of the U.S. government. Mark Lien, L.C., CLEP, CLMC, HBDP, LEED BD&... Read More

Controls Could Save Boston $27M

December 09, 2014: 7:26am
Earlier this year, the chair of Massachusetts' Department of Public Utilities was frank about her state’s need to come up with new solutions to unlock energy efficiency.  “We haven’t really tapped the opportunity” to bring efficiency to the demand side, said chairperson Ann Berwick.... Read More

Team Reports Creation of a Single Wafer LED Chip Producing more than 150W Output

December 08, 2014: 5:28am
A single wafer-level LED chip that produces more than 150 Watts of light output has been made in work form China. This level of output from a single chip makes applications for LEDs in high power lighting from stadiums to runways feasible, and the researchers have long term plans for a new way to light buildings and towns.  Read more.... Read More

Bill Hanley, EdisonReport's 2014 'Person of the Year'

December 05, 2014: 9:31am
The Illuminating Engineering Society is a very strong and robust organization for many reasons, but perhaps the single most important factor in its strength is the man who has run the day-to-day operations for the past 26 years, Bill Hanley, Executive Vice President, and EdisonReport’s 2014 'Person of the Year.' Bill is a good friend and we have had retirement discussions for a few years.  Our... Read More

GE Lighting Expands Rep Network

December 05, 2014: 7:29am
EXCLUSIVE:  Must Credit EdisonReport.  Numerous sources have told the EdisonReport that GE Lighting is moving away from a direct sales force and towards a network of independent representatives.  We received the following statement from Christopher Augustine, Director – Global Communications & Public Affairs,GE Lighting: "In the course of conducting business, GE Lighting continually re... Read More

Control Christmas Lights with iPhone. Introducing iTwinkle.

December 04, 2014: 8:22am
iTwinkle: Have fun with holiday lighting with GE’s iTwinkle lights, which can be controlled using a smartphone or tablet. Users can customize their holiday lighting like never before by adding a dimmer, pattern, color, music and even a voice to their holiday displays. GE’s iTwinkle is a new way to interact with holiday lighting in a smart, simple way.  Read more.... Read More

Bill Hanley to Retire from IES

December 03, 2014: 8:02am
EdisonReport can confirm that after 26 years, Bill Hanley, the Executive Vice President of the Illuminating Engineering Society, will retire at the end of this year.  His last day in the office will be 12 DEC.  Developing...... Read More Lands Cree

December 02, 2014: 12:53pm Becomes First Online-Only Retailer to Supply Cree® LED Bulbs Internet lighting retailer is proud to be named the first authorized online-only store to carry Standard A-Type and Reflector LED light bulbs from Cree, Inc. Customers will now be able to shop Cree’s extensive line of LED products at, including their line of Cree® LED Bulbs as well as ... Read More

Jim Haworth Joins Pilipuf-Grist

December 02, 2014: 8:15am
Jim Sychta and Patti Geier Become Principals in the Agency    Chicago, Ill. – December 2, 2014 – Pilipuf-Grist & Associates, a leading lighting agency serving the Chicago, Northern Indiana and Central Illinois region, announced today that Jim Haworth and Marc Pilipuf have purchased the agency that Nick Pilipuf and Duane Grist began in 1971. Haworth, one of the industry’s top lighting... Read More

EXCLUSIVE: Jim Haworth to Join Chicago's Pilipuf-Grist as Principal; Nick Pilipuf Retires

December 01, 2014: 7:05pm
EdisonReport can confirm that Jim Haworth is a co-owner of Pilipuf-Grist in Chicago.  Developing........ Read More