Lighting Industry News

Niagara Falls Unveils New LED Lighting System

December 05, 2016: 4:56am
NIAGARA FALLS -- They’ve changed the light bulbs at Niagara Falls. By day, the view is majestic, water cascading nearly 200 feet between the U.S. and Canada. But at night, it’s illuminating.  A dazzling rainbow of colors from the Canadian side light up the American falls from nearly half a mile away. Tonight, thanks to a $4 million renovation, they will be even brighter.... Read More

Current, Powered by GE Layoff

December 02, 2016: 12:51pm
EdisonReport has learned that Current, Powered by GE, has announced layoffs this week.  Originally we were told by our sources that the layoff was from GE Lighting, but a spokesperson from GE Lighting told EdisonReport, "There were no impacts to GE Lighting employees. This was a Current organizational change only." Admittedly, your humbled editor still struggles to understand the line between GE... Read More

Ledvance plant (formerly known as Osram Sylvania) to Close KY Halogen Plant

December 02, 2016: 4:58am
A Winchester plant that makes halogen lighting components will close in 2017 in a move that will affect 95 employees, a company spokesman said Wednesday. The closing of the Ledvance plant (formerly known as Osram Sylvania) will play out over a period of 10 months, spokesman Glen Gracia said.    ... Read More

Purcell Julie & Lefkowitz LLP Is Investigating Orion Energy Systems, Inc. for Potential Breaches Of Fiduciary Duty

December 01, 2016: 6:09am
NEW YORK, Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Purcell Julie & Lefkowitz LLP, a class action law firm dedicated to representing shareholders nationwide, is investigating a potential breach of fiduciary duty claim involving the board of directors of Orion Energy Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:  OESX).  If you are a shareholder of Orion Energy Systems and are interested in obtaining additional infor... Read More

US Patent Office confirms validity of majority of challenged patent claims in Philips Lighting's EnabLED Licensing Program patents

November 29, 2016: 10:30am
Eindhoven, The Netherlands - Philips Lighting (Euronext Amsterdam ticker: LIGHT), a global leader in lighting, today announced that the US Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) confirmed the validity of a vast majority of claims of Philips Lighting's patents belonging to the EnabLED Licensing Program for LED luminaires and retrofit bulbs challenged by inter partes rev... Read More

BizTech: The Era of Smart Lighting is Coming

November 29, 2016: 7:10am
You can add lighting and building management to the list of industries caught in the disruptive undertow of the Internet of Things. The combination of light-emitting diode (LED) technology and Power over Ethernet (PoE), coupled with IoT connectivity, is creating a wave of change now hitting both of these industries. Look no further than Cisco Systems, which is partnering with intelligent light... Read More

Call for Submissions: 2017 IESNYC Lumen Awards

November 29, 2016: 5:45am
The IESNYC Announces the 49th Annual Lumen Awards Submissions Open Now Through – January 17, 2017 Winners Will be Announced at the Lumen Awards Gala on June 15, 2017 Submissions are being accepted now through January 17, 2017 for the IESNYC’s 49th annual Lumen Awards. The Lumen Awards recognize and celebrate excellence in lighting design. The Lumen Awards are open to any interior or exteri... Read More

Philips Lighting and GE Have Different Strategies for CyberMonday

November 28, 2016: 2:37pm
Philips Lighting has a large marketing effort underway today, CyberMonday, for their Philips Hue product.  We found the following bargains at MeetHue.com: Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus 6.6ft Base.  Regular $89.99, on sale for $69.99 Philips Hue White Ambiance A19 starter kit.  Regular $129.99, on sale for $99.99 Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 Starter Kit - Gen 2.  Regular $179.99... Read More

U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board Invalidates Key Philips Lighting Patents

November 28, 2016: 8:52am
EXCLUSIVE.  Must Credit EdisonReport.   EdisonReport can confirm another victory for WAC Lighting in its patent battle against Philips Lighting.  Your humble editor previously wrote about WAC Lighting's victories against Philips at the Patent Office. (Philips Gets WAC'd) and (Philips Lighting Gets WAC'd Again.) On November 23, 2016, the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) invalida... Read More

Second New Lighting Agency Created in Chicago

November 28, 2016: 8:09am
EXCLUSIVE:  EdisonReport has learned that a new rep firm, Chicago Lightworks, has been created to represent Philips Lighting in the Chicagoland area.  Last week, EdisonReport exclusively reported that Cree executives, John Daly and John Rimbos, were setting up their own agency, R & D Lighting and Control. This week, we report that Philips is launching a similar strategy.   Philips executiv... Read More

Panasonic and Schréder Announce Partnership for Smart Cities

November 28, 2016: 5:38am
On 12th October 2016, during the state visit of HRH King Philippe of Belgium to Japan, Schréder, a worldwide leader in outdoor lighting solutions, and Panasonic, the international electronics corporation, signed an agreement to share their expertise and knowledge to accelerate the development of digital solutions that will enable towns and cities to easily enter the digital era, delivering ... Read More

Lighting Industry Veterans Announce Formation of R&D Lighting and Control to serve Northern Illinois and Northwest Indiana

November 22, 2016: 8:42am
DOWNERS GROVE, IL, November 21, 2016 – John Rimbos and John Daly today announced the formation of R&D Lighting and Control, a new agency that represents a diverse group of lighting manufacturers providing innovative solutions to the ever-changing needs of the customer.  Prior to launching R&D, John Rimbos worked for some of the biggest names in the lighting world in various capacities ... Read More

Halco Lighting Technologies Announces Acquisition of J&J Electronics, LLC

November 22, 2016: 6:15am
Norcross, GA (November 21, 2016) - Halco Lighting Technologies, makers of LED Lamps, Luminaires and traditional Lamp technologies, today announces it is acquiring J&J Electronics, LLC, a leading manufacturer of Pool, Spa, and Fountain lighting products. The acquisition elevates Halco Lighting to become one of the leading lighting manufacturers for Pool, Spa and Fountain applications in the mar... Read More

TCP Unable to Meet NYSE Listing Requirements; Stock Suspended from Trading

November 22, 2016: 6:02am
AURORA, Ohio, Nov. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- TCP International Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:  TCPI) notified the New York Stock Exchange ("NYSE") today that it will be unable to complete the filing of its delinquent financial reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") and regain compliance with the NYSE's continued listing standards by November 25, 2016. As a result, the NYSE sus... Read More

The Circle of Light at the Flos Open House

November 21, 2016: 8:25am
One of the the many benefits of being the humble editor of the EdisonReport is the parties!  Last week I was invited to attend the Flos open house in Soho and it was an excellent event.  The venue was packed with people; many of the big names of the industry attended.  There were two fixtures that I found quite appealing.  The first was the Superloon which looks like a moon and like the mo... Read More

Pekka: "The Connected Lighting Alliance has Accomplished its Primary Mission." Group to Dissolve

November 21, 2016: 7:51am
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (November 21, 2016)  The Connected Lighting Alliance (TCLA), the primary advocate of wireless lighting connectivity, announced today that is has accomplished its goal of converging the lighting industry in support of the use of open protocols for wireless lighting solutions. Having looked at a wide variety of open protocols, TCLA has now endorsed ZigBee 3.0 for consumer app... Read More

Lighting Controls Association Adds New Course to Education Express

November 21, 2016: 7:47am
ROSSLYN, VIRGINIA, November 18, 2016 … The Lighting Controls Association (LCA) has published a new course to enhance its popular Education Express program: EE303: Tunable-White Lighting. LED lighting technology promises many benefits, one of which is practical color output tuning. Popular approaches include full-range, dim-to-warm and white light tuning. Authored by Craig DiLouie, LC, EE303 co... Read More

Hacking Mastermind to Speak at London's Lux Live

November 17, 2016: 6:46am
At this year’s Lux Live ethical hacker, Ken Munro of Penetration testing and security services, will give a live demonstration of just how vulnerable connected lighting products are to attack and manipulation.  In what is set to be one of the highlights of the conference programme, Munro, the UK’s leading ethical hacker, will conduct live penetration testing to explore the robustness of th... Read More

LightPitch(tm) at ELS EXPO

November 16, 2016: 2:35pm
Soraa, Charles Selander.  Watch the video here. Q-Tran, Gean Tremaine.   Watch the video here Boca Flasher, David Urban, Watch the video here... Read More

ELS EXPO: Interview with Con-Ed's Peter Jacobson

November 16, 2016: 1:00pm
Your humble editor sat down with Peter Jacobson, Lighting Specialist, Con-Ed at the ELS EXPO being held at the Metropolitan Pavilion.  Editor:  What is the latest discussion regarding rebates for T8 LED tubes? Peter:  We need to get rid of rebates on all types of tubes.  The end user is better served when the entire fixture is replaced.   The whole tube thing was really a stop-gap measure ... Read More