Lighting Industry News

NALMCO Launches New Controls Certification

October 26, 2016: 5:21am
interNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LIGHTING MANAGEMENT COMPANIES LAUNCHES NEW CONTROLS CERTIFICATION ROSSLYN, VIRGINIA, October 25, 2016 … The interNational Association of Lighting Management Companies (NALMCO) has launched a new lighting controls certification, the Certified Lighting Controls Professional (CLCP). The certification is based on the Education Express curriculum developed by the Lightin... Read More

Philips Invests in Israeli-based Sensor Company

October 26, 2016: 5:13am
Israel’s PointGrab has raised $7 million in funding for its sensors for smart buildings. The investors include lighting company Philips Lighting; Mitsubishi UFJ Capital Co. (MUCAP), a venture capital arm of Japan’s largest financial group; and existing investors ABB Technology Ventures (ATV).... Read More

Eaton Declares Dividend

October 26, 2016: 5:05am
DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Board of Directors of power management company Eaton (ETN) today declared a quarterly dividend of $0.57 per ordinary share. The dividend is payable November 18, 2016 to shareholders of record at the close of business on November 7, 2016. For U.S. tax purposes, Eaton estimates that all of the 2016 dividend will be treated as a return of capital to shareholders, to th... Read More

IES 2016 Illumination Awards

October 24, 2016: 12:45pm
Megan Carroll of Acuity Brands chaired the 2016 IA Awards, She was joined on stage by ETC's Craig Fox to hand out the crystal trophies.  This is the first IA in the mind of this humble reporter, where every award winner was present.  These are very prestigious awards and it is great when the receptionists value the award enough to attend. The ceremony was first class and Megan and Craig did a... Read More

Philips Q3 Profit Climbs, Lighting Sales Weak

October 24, 2016: 7:03am
Equipment-order intake increased 8 percent on a currency comparable basis, driven by the Connected Care & Health Informatics businesses. Philips Lighting, which is listed in Amsterdam, reported a weak comparable sales, while adjusted EBITA improved by 250 basis points to 10.1 percent of sales. As the majority shareholder in Philips Lighting with a 71.225 percent stake, Philips continues to co... Read More

Conference Update: Bill Brown, Peter Ngai, Others Receive IES Awards

October 23, 2016: 7:41pm
Orlando—23 OCT 2016—Your humble editor is attending the IES Annual Conference in Orlando.   The Society has made previous investments in the conference, such as booking speakers like Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and those ventures are paying off with increased attendance and an overall improvement in the look and the feel of the conference. The IES Awards Ceremony was a spectacular event, held Sund... Read More

Next Week, It's Boston Lights

October 21, 2016: 8:14am
Boston Lights Exhibit and Conference will be held on 26 OCT at  the Westin Waterfront from 10am until 8 pm.  We love this bi-annual show because there is so much compacted into one day which makes for a very productive event.  Access to the exhibit hall is free and the conference portion is only $30 in advance.   All  seminars are available for continuing education credits from the American ... Read More

Philips Lighting Sees Tough Time for Sales Growth

October 21, 2016: 7:38am
Philips Lighting NV (LIGHT.AE) said Thursday a return to positive comparable sales growth was likely to be delayed until next year, as it reported a 21% fall in net income for the third quarter. The Dutch company, which was spun out from Koninklijke Philips NV PHIA earlier this year, blamed softer market conditions in the Middle East and Turkey, as well as in some European countries, for the de... Read More

Cree Falls 11% on Earnings; Pauses Acquisitions

October 20, 2016: 7:29am
Revenue fell 13% to $371 million, but revenue from continuing operations was down 16% to $321 million. On the bottom line, the company had net income of $566,000, which is breakeven per share, but the loss per share from continuing operations was $0.03. The loss was well below the $0.11 per share in earnings expected from Wall Street.  Read this story at Motley Fool. ----------------------------... Read More

Valmont Report Higher Operating Income

October 20, 2016: 6:47am
OMAHA, Neb., Oct. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Valmont Industries, Inc. (NYSE: VMI), a leading global provider of engineered products and services for infrastructure development and mechanized irrigation equipment and services for agriculture, today reported third quarter results.   --  Revenues were $610.2 million, down 3.5% year-over-year reflecting lower       sales in the Utility Suppor... Read More

More Changes in ChiTown. Cree Moves from Direct Sales to Agency Model

October 18, 2016: 12:39pm
EXCLUSVIVE:  MUST CREDIT EDISONREPORT.   EdisonReport has learned that John Daly and John Rimbos will establish a new rep agency in Chicagoland called R&D Lighting and Controls.  R&D’s flagship line will be Cree, who presently has a direct sales force in that market.   Developing….... Read More

Eaton Announces a Call for Entries for the SOURCE Awards National Lighting Design Competition, Celebrating 40 Years of Lighting Design Excellence

October 18, 2016: 12:37pm
PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. … Power management company Eaton today announced that the company is now accepting entries for the 40th Annual SOURCE Awards national lighting design competition. In celebration of the 40th anniversary, Eaton has increased the number and value of the awards given to professional and student winners. The SOURCE Awards competition, which focuses on furthering the understan... Read More


October 17, 2016: 9:31am
PITTSBURGH, Oct. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- WESCO International, Inc. (WCC), a leading provider of electrical, industrial, and communications MRO and OEM products, construction materials and advanced supply chain management and logistics services, today announced the appointment of Mr. David S. (Dave) Schulz as its Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective October 17, 2016.   M... Read More

ABB Lighting Renames Itself as Above All Lighting

October 17, 2016: 6:34am
Editor's Note:  ABB Lighting was not related to the multinational conglomerate ABB. ABB Lighting, a leading manufacturer of LED fixtures, announced that it has officially changed its name to Above All Lighting. The "Above All" name helps create a more distinct name for the company as it strives to continuously improve and earn a spot among the best in the LED lighting field.        ... Read More

UnshackLED IP Launched to Combat Abusive LED Patents

October 16, 2016: 5:34pm
Earlier this month we reported the launch of an innovative new company, UnshackLED IP.  As many in our audience are aware, the LED lighting industry has experienced a wave of lawsuits based on patents that apparently cover technology that existed before the patents were granted.  Many have complained to the EdisonReport that several patents should never have been issued by the patent office in t... Read More

Green Creative: From Living in a Car to $40M in Sales in 5 Years

October 14, 2016: 7:01am
Cole Zucker was a door-to-door salesman living in his car, showering at gyms and selling products out of a suitcase before his lighting company took off. For nearly a year, Zucker faced fierce resistance from business owners who had relationships spanning generations with more established companies. Read more at the SF Business Times. ... Read More

Wattstopper and LeGrand Team up to Tune Color

October 14, 2016: 6:56am
Wattstopper® and Lumenetix® Expand Partnership Ushering in a New Era of Advanced Digital Lighting ApplicationsExclusive licensing agreement accelerates commercialization of lighting solutions that enable up to three channel LED tunable white control and high precision dimming capabilities.SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Wattstopper, a product line of Legrand, announced today that... Read More

Hubbell's Rebecca McCall Appointed Vice Chair of NEMA’s Luminaire Section

October 13, 2016: 1:42pm
Greenville, SC.   October 13, 2016    Hubbell Lighting, a global leader in lighting innovation, announced today that Rebecca McCall has been appointed Vice Chair the Luminaire Section of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association’s (“NEMA”) Lighting Systems Division.... Read More

Introducing "Paleo' Lighting

October 13, 2016: 6:55am
We’ve all heard about the Paleo diet. Essentially, it is based on eating only the types of foods assumed to have been eaten by early humans during the Paleolithic or Stone Age period (which lasted about 2.5 million years).  This diet comprises mainly meat, fish, vegetables, and fruit.  It has been asserted that this high protein/low carb diet is in harmony with the metabolic adaptations that e... Read More

China’s Sanan in Talks With Osram

October 11, 2016: 6:55am
Shares in Osram (OSRn.DE) jumped to a record high on Thursday on a magazine report saying Chinese chipmaker Sanan Optoelectronics Co Ltd (600703.SS) wants to buy the German lighting company. Sanan wants to present a "qualified" takeover offer for Osram by mid-October, German magazine WirtschaftsWoche reported, citing unnamed sources involved in the negotiations.... Read More