Lighting Industry News

Ikea Smart Bulbs will be Apple, Google and Amazon Compatible

May 23, 2017: 8:34am
Ikea's low-cost TRÅDFRI smart lights first announced in Europe last year, will soon get voice control for owners of Google Home, Apple HomeKit, and Amazon Alexa devices. Expect it to arrive this summer or autumn, says Ikea's Swedish press release first spotted by MacRumors.   Ikea says it sees "huge potential" in smart home products, a category it first entered in 2015 with a series o... Read More

Hubbell Lighting & Union agree on Contract in Christiansburg. Hubbell to close PA Facility

May 23, 2017: 8:20am
Hubbell Lighting has reached a contract agreement with its unionized workers in Christiansburg, ending a monthslong stalemate and weeks of picketing.  Penny Franklin, president of IUE-CWA Local 82160, said the company didn’t make many concessions and she’s not fully satisfied with the result of the negotiations. But she’s ready to move on.  Read the story at the Roanoke Times. Hubbell Li... Read More

Steve Barlow Rejoins Lumileds from Cree

May 23, 2017: 7:07am
San Jose, CA – May 23, 2017– Lumileds announced the appointment of Steve Barlow as Senior Vice President (SVP) of its Illumination Business, effective May 22. Barlow rejoins Lumileds from Cree, Inc., where he served as SVP of sales and business development, responsible for the lighting division products, channels and revenue growth.   Barlow has over 25 years of sales, marketing and busines... Read More

IES Progress Report Now Accepting Submissions--Deadline is Near

May 22, 2017: 9:32am
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 used by the committee to evaluate each submission on its uniqueness,... Read More

LRC Study Finds Robust Morning Light Improves Sleep and Mood, Lowers Stress in Office Workers

May 22, 2017: 7:44am
Research results published in Sleep Health journal and featured in Reuters news  A new study from the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute found that office workers who receive a robust dose of circadian-effective light in the morning, from electric lighting or daylight, experience better sleep and lower levels of depression and stress, than those who spend their mo... Read More

Philips Lighting Starts Share Buyback Program of up to 1.05 Million Shares to Cover Performance share plans

May 22, 2017: 7:39am
Eindhoven, the Netherlands - Philips Lighting (Euronext Amsterdam ticker: LIGHT), a global leader in lighting, today announced the start of a program to repurchase up to 1.05 million of its own shares. Philips Lighting will use the shares to cover obligations arising from its long-term incentive performance share plan and other employee share plans. This program will start on May 22, 2017 and i... Read More

Cree Announces Chairman, President and CEO Chuck Swoboda will Step Down

May 19, 2017: 8:46am
Cree, Inc. (CREE), a technology market leader, today announced that Chairman, President and CEO Chuck Swoboda will step down from his executive positions and as a member of the Board of Directors following a transition period. Mr. Swoboda intends to stay on until a successor is appointed, and thereafter will remain available as a consultant to the Company to ensure a seamless transition of leaders... Read More

Cree's CEO Chuck Swoboda Resigns

May 19, 2017: 8:44am
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Legrand North America CEO Discusses Finelite Acquisition, Market Strategy, and Leadership Philosophy

May 19, 2017: 8:04am
At LIGHTFAIR, EdisonReport had a conversation with John Selldorff, CEO, North and Central America, Legrand.    One of the benefits of my job is having discussions with CEO’s of some of the largest conglomerates in our industry, some on-the-record and some off-the-record.  Occasionally, I feel that the CEO’s are coached, leading me in a certain direction.  Some have talking points that wer... Read More

Osram Buys Stake in Grow Box Startup for Home Horticultural Market

May 17, 2017: 8:16am
Munich-based agrilution's plantCube fits neatly in a kitchen for reach-in herbs and vegetables. Osram has taken another step into horticultural lighting, this time targeting the residential market by acquiring a minority stake in a German startup that makes climate-controlled boxes for growing greens and herbs in the kitchen using optimized light, water, and temperature.... Read More

Comments Due on DLC's 2nd Draft of Lighting Controls Technical Requirements V2.0

May 16, 2017: 9:01am
This email is to remind you to submit your comments on the second draft of the Version 2.0 Networked Lighting Controls Technical Requirements by close of business tomorrow, May 17.  Click here for more information.... Read More

With LIGHTFAIR 2018 Almost Sold Out, Will Any GE Company be Exhibiting?

May 16, 2017: 7:32am
Last year, we reported that it was a bit odd to see no GE logo in the Current, Powered by GE, booth at LIGHTFAIR.  This year, we noticed it was back, but in a very small way.   We readily admit that we do not understand the Current strategy when it comes to Lighting, so we do not know why it was missing last year nor why it re-appeared in 2017. We also noticed that the Edison Awards, which hav... Read More

LIGHTFAIR Executive Interviews

May 15, 2017: 8:17am
At LIGHTFAIR in Philadelphia, your humble editor sat down with leaders of key companies that were exhibiting at the show.   These executives shared their insights about their company, their products and our industry: Tridonic GREEN CREATIVE Seoul Semiconductor Hubbell Lighting Zumtobel  Cree MLS        ... Read More

Lifetime Achievement Award Videos Now Posted

May 15, 2017: 8:14am
EdisonReport hosted its 2nd Annual Lifetime Achievement Awards on Tuesday, 9 MAY at Maggiano's.  The event was very well attended as we honored eight of the people who helped shaped the industry.  Al Ruud Terry McGowan Bill Busch Tom Harding  Terry Clark Paul Smester Glenn Grunewald Bill Marshall ... Read More

Acuity Names it's IoT Business, Atrius(tm)

May 09, 2017: 7:40pm
ATLANTA - May 9, 2017 -  Acuity Brands, Inc. (AYI) today unveiled its new Atrius(TM) brand, encompassing the company`s portfolio of Internet of Things (IoT) business solutions and Atrius software platform. Through Atrius, Acuity Brands will continue to provide and expand its comprehensive set of IoT business solutions, leveraging intelligent luminaires, lighting and building management controls... Read More

The Top 10 MUST SEE Products

May 08, 2017: 5:00am
Your humble team of judges worked very hard to narrow our list, but we could not help ourselves and ended up with 11 products.  There are some really great technologies and this is one of the huge values that LIGHTFAIR brings to our industry, as it provides the main venue for North America product introductions.   Below is our list, alphabetized by company. The Crestron Zūm  is a simple w... Read More

Danish Firm Shows Success Against Philip IP Machine

May 08, 2017: 4:55am
EdisonReport has written several articles about Philips Lighting’s LED patent battles. Recently we came across the Henrik Villumsen Lawfirm, a Danish firm, that for years has assisted clients in navigating the Philips LED IP issues.  We spoke with Henrik Villumsen (, the founder and owner of the firm.  He explained that ... Read More

Pre-Show Report

May 07, 2017: 7:25pm
The move-in and set-up is very smooth. We did hear of a slight delay in marshaling on Thursday, but it was quickly resolved and only affected a few companies for one or two hours.   We walked the show Saturday evening and Sunday morning looking for union labor issues; we found none. LIGHTFAIR 2017 looks to be more spectacular than ever. The big booths seem bigger and they are less jammed with p... Read More

Echelon Reports 1Q Loss

May 05, 2017: 9:43am
SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Echelon Corporation (ELON) today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017. "First quarter results reflected better than anticipated embedded IoT product sales and our continued penetration in the outdoor lighting control solutions market," said Ron Sege, Chairman and CEO. "Our differentiated connected lighting solution... Read More

OSRAM and LEDVANCE Clear up SYLVANIA Brand Confusion

May 04, 2017: 2:15pm
Regarding our 2 MAY article, "Osram, SYLVANIA, Sylvania and SLS....a rose by any other name is still a rose…” we have head from both OSRAM and LEDVANCE and we offer the following explanation to our readers: OSRAM and SYLVANIA are not separate companies. The U.S. operation of OSRAM is still OSRAM SYLVANIA, as it has been for more than 20 years. However, that is the legal entity.  In m... Read More