Lighting Industry News

ABB Buys GE's Industrial Business; an "unloved child." Includes Components for Lighting Control

September 25, 2017: 4:49am
ZURICH (Reuters) - Power grids maker ABB is buying General Electric's Industrial Solutions business for $2.6 billion in a bet it can improve the division's lacklustre margins over the next five years, the Swiss engineering company said on Monday. Zurich-based ABB sees potential for annual cost benefits of $200 million with the deal, which includes an agreement for long-term use of GE's brand and ... Read More

Welcome Back to Chicago; Our LIGHTFAIR 2018 Recon Report

September 22, 2017: 7:27am
Welcome (back) to Chicago! Your humble editor has conducted two reconnaissance trips to the Windy City and the early forecast calls for an excellent LIGHTFAIR.  Both trips to McCormick Place were unaccompanied, and completely unauthorized.  LIGHTFAIR was last in Chicago 1995, when the talk of the show was a two-lamp, 26-watt Compact Fluorescent downlight from Lightolier, long before Philips ... Read More

Lighting Science Names Another New President

September 21, 2017: 7:37am
Pegasus Investor says:  “Lighting Science continues to disrupt the lighting industry with never-before-seen innovations in LED lighting,” WEST WARWICK, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Lighting Science®, the innovative LED lighting technology company focused on health, wellness and horticulture solutions, announced today the appointment of Khim Lee as President. With over 15 years’ experience in LE... Read More

QSSI Acquires Pemco Lighting Products

September 20, 2017: 8:36am
Tampa, Florida, USA, September 19, 2017 QSSI announced today that it has acquired PEMCO Lighting Products. Pemco Lighting Products, founded in 1882, has been designing and manufacturing specification grade lighting fixtures and poles for one hundred and thirty-five years. It offers to the lighting industry one of the largest selections of contemporary, traditional and vintage designs available... Read More

Grow Light Market Size Worth $8.64 Billion by 2025

September 20, 2017: 7:18am
SAN FRANCISCO, September 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --The global grow light market is anticipated to reach USD 8.64 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 14.1%, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc. The increased use of vertical farming and indoor cultivation, for producing crops, is likely to spur the market demand over the forecast period. Grow light helps in extending the ho... Read More

Seoul Semiconductor Sues Archipelago Lighting over 12 Acrich Patents

September 19, 2017: 8:09am
  Seoul filed a patent infringement lawsuit against a lighting company in the U.S. asserting infringement of 12 Acrich patents Acrich technology is an essential technology for high-voltage operation of LED products Acrich technology has become widely adopted for general lighting, as well as electronic products including televisions, with its technology incorporated in more than 10% of all ... Read More

With $311M in Revenue, Silver Spring Networks is sold for $830M

September 19, 2017: 6:52am
Editor's Note:  EdisonReport reported on 11 SEP that Acuity Brands chose Silver Spring Networks as a channel partner.  Now that that Silver Spring has been acquired, it will be interesting to see if both companies continue to work together, especially given the fact that Acuity has a similar service available with their own ROAM products.  Your humble editor is reminded of the GE Lighting-Bytel... Read More

Great-Great Grandson of Nela Park's Co-Founder Works in Lighting Industry

September 18, 2017: 9:42am
EdisonReport has learned that Nela Park's Co-founder, Burtan Tremaine's great-great grandson works in the industry.  He is  Gean Tremaine, COO of Q-Tran.   Read the Nela history here.... Read More

GE is First to Launch Alexa-enabled Light

September 18, 2017: 9:33am
CLEVELAND, Ohio – September 18, 2017 – The industry’s first Amazon Alexa-integrated lighting product – C by GE Sol – is now available at Amazon.com andCbyGE.com. Sol, which gets its namesake from the circular shape and illumination of the sun, combines functional illumination, visual indicators for everyday tasks, sleep-based light and all the skills you’d find in an Amazon Alex... Read More

World's First Industrial Park, Nela Park, Faces Uncertain Future

September 18, 2017: 9:11am
By Marcia Pledger, The Plain Dealer EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio - Nela Park in East Cleveland remains the headquarters for General Electric's lighting division. Nela was the first industrial park in the world, and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. But the future of the campus is uncertain. In June, General Electric announced plans to put its iconic lighting busi... Read More

Another NFL Stadium's Lighting Fails During Game

September 18, 2017: 8:14am
SAN DIEGO — No. 19 Stanford was already on its heels against San Diego State when aging San Diego Stadium plunged into darkness. After the lights flickered back on, the Aztecs scored a signature win to leave their Pac-12 foe in the dark.... Read More

London Bomber Used Christmas Tree Lights as Fuse

September 15, 2017: 4:11pm
  The IED used Christmas lights as a fuse, as recommended by ISIS magazines and online bomb manuals.   Read the article at the Daily Mail. Scroll past all of the pictures to see the reference to the lights.... Read More

Philips Lighting and Renault Collaborate to Create a Project That You Will Never Use

September 14, 2017: 8:06am
Editor's Note:  Below is a press release from Philips Lighting which somehow combines a car and a living room.  I am already able to control my lighting with my phone.  Although the price of the new iPhone has increased to $1200, it's still less expensive than using a Renault to dim the lights..... ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------... Read More

Ultravision International and Lighting Technologies Agree to Settle Patent Infringement Claims

September 14, 2017: 8:01am
DALLAS, Sept. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Ultravision International, a world-leading innovator, manufacturer and distributor of LED displays and LED lighting, and American Lighting Technologies, Inc., dba Lighting Technologies, Inc., have reached a mutual agreement to resolve Ultravision v Lighting Technologies and dismiss two patent infringement litigations pending in the U.S. Court for the E... Read More

Acuity Chooses Silver Springs Network for Smart Cities

September 11, 2017: 7:03am
ATLANTA - September 11, 2017 -  Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI) announced today its Acuity Brands Lighting, Inc. subsidiary has selected Silver Spring Networks, Inc. (NYSE: SSNI) as a technology and channel partner for its smart street light and smart city solutions. Acuity Brands has developed and will market its DTL® DSN intelligent photocontrol, which will operate on a wireless network plat... Read More

Introducing Fabric Li-Fi

September 08, 2017: 10:53am
Move over, Wi-Fi. Make room for LiFi -- a wireless technology that transmits data using light. The potential for this high-speed technology to change everything about the way we use the internet, and send and receive data is huge. Check this out. LED lights send information to a baseball cap. Standing under the lights, and using headphones connected to the cap, a user wearing the cap can hear aud... Read More

Hurricanes Update--QSSI, Brownlee, Envirobrite and Xtralight

September 07, 2017: 2:28pm
Irma: QSSI President Rick Edens explained: QSSI has three facilities in the Tampa area and all have been prepared to meet Irma impact to the best of their ability. This includes raising all work in process inventory, manufacturing equipment and office equipment at heights of three to four inches off the floor. Additionally they have purchased sandbags to be installed today and tomorrow... Read More

Happy Days! Big China LED Considers Price Increase. "...if unlucky still going up probably we may have no choice but sorry to raise our prices in order to survive."

September 07, 2017: 8:33am
EdisonReport received the following letter from a mid-size manufacturer in China: Dear Friend, I’m writing this email to pass the current situation about raw materials cost increasing. Recently we received price increasing notices from our suppliers more frequently, some suppliers already advise that they noticed us to raise their prices upto 15%. Some suppliers even stopped accepting new orde... Read More

Hurricane Irma Prompts FDOT to Start Lowering I-75 HighMast Lighting

September 07, 2017: 7:45am
Workers from the Florida Department of Transportation have started to lower the high mast lighting along I-75 beginning in Collier County and going to the north, an FDOT spokesman confirmed.... Read More

As Lighting Companies Morph into IT Firms, They Face Stiff Competition — From IT Vendors

September 06, 2017: 8:05am
Barclays Plc has deployed a series of heat and motion sensors that help analyze office space usage at investment banking facilities in London. It's the sort of system that lighting vendors are offering as part of their push into the Internet of Things (IoT), with one glaring difference: Barclays does not appear to be housing the sensors within the lighting infrastructure to turn this into a smart... Read More