Lighting Industry News

AT&T and Current, Powered by GE, Team Up for IoT

February 27, 2017: 8:24am
BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Two companies with extensive history in infrastructure and communications technology are teaming up to help accelerate the digital era of urban development. AT&T* (NYSE:T) and Current, powered by GE (GE), have announced an exclusive agreement to connect cities across the United States and Mexico to the Internet of Things (IoT). Together, the co... Read More

Utah has Best 'Dark Sky'

February 27, 2017: 8:02am
According to Science Advances, the brightness map reveals that 99% people in the US  live under skies almost 10% brighter than their natural cosmos state.... Read More

ETC Lights up the Oscars

February 27, 2017: 8:01am
Before the camera and action, Hollywood calls ETC to make sure they have the best lighting. For two decades, ETC, Electronic Theater Controls, has put the spotlight on Hollywood's biggest night."Oh I'm really proud, in a show like the Oscars the production values are such a big important part of it, the lighting takes a big role in that," ETC's CEO Fred Foster said.... Read More

BigChinaLED Makes Pricing Move

February 24, 2017: 7:02am
Your humble editor has had an interesting dialogue with a mid-size Tier III luminaire manufacture in China who supplies some fixtures to a few well-known U.S. based OEMs.   In the below email from 23 FEB, the English is imperfect, but the messages is clear.  Expect a price increase in March.  I asked Selina to explain the reason for increases and she said that the Chinese government is cutti... Read More

Energy Focus Reports Loss. 4Q Sales Drop from $17.2M to $7.2M

February 23, 2017: 8:09am
SOLON, Ohio, Feb. 23, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Energy Focus, Inc. (EFOI), a leader in LED lighting technologies, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2016. Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Financial Summary Net sales for the fourth quarter of 2016 were $7.2 million, consisting of $3.3 million in commercial and $3.9 million in military marit... Read More

NAILD : Rebranded & Rebounding

February 23, 2017: 6:46am
Exhibitors displayed some good products, a great product, and one dog.  No longer is the organization Male, Pale, and Stale.  The National Association of Independent Lighting Distributors is no more. Independent has been replaced with Innovative and the NAILD has rebranded itself and is welcoming new members, including non-independent members. The Old NAILD conference that I attended in the ni... Read More

SolarOne Solutions, Inc. Acquires Inovus Solar, Inc.

February 22, 2017: 2:39pm
SolarOne Solutions, Needham, Massachusetts USA, a provider of solar lighting solutions to customers worldwide, today announced the acquisition of Inovus Solar, Inc., a Boise, Idaho, solar lighting product company. SolarOne Solutions, Needham, MA USA, a provider of professional solar area lighting solutions to customers worldwide, today announces its acquisition of Inovus Solar, Inc, a solar light... Read More

NLB Lighting Forum; 4th Segment: Illuminating the Future, Part I (PoE)

February 22, 2017: 6:16am
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Washington, D.C. recently hosted and filmed the National Lighting Bureau's Annual Lighting Forum.  The fourth segment is a fascinating discussion titled “Illuminating the Future, Part I."     This panel focused on Power over the Ethernet, or PoE, and distributed DC current. The panelists include Lisa Isaacson of NuLEDs and Mike O’Boyle,... Read More

LSI Acquires Atlas Lighting for $97.5M

February 21, 2017: 9:10am
CINCINNATI, Feb. 21, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LSI Industries Inc. (LYTS) today announced that it has completed the acquisition of all the capital stock of Atlas Lighting Products, Inc., a Burlington, NC manufacturer of high-quality LED lighting products sold into the electrical distribution market.  For the fiscal year ended December 25, 2016, Atlas’ revenues were $56.5 million, and operating... Read More

Energy Focus CEO Steps Down

February 21, 2017: 8:29am
SOLON, Ohio, Feb. 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Energy Focus, Inc. (EFOI), a leader in LED lighting technologies, announced that, effective as of February 19, 2017, Dr. Ted Tewksbury, the Company’s Executive Chairman, will now serve as the Company’s Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President.  James Tu has stepped down as Chief Executive Officer and President and both Mr. Tu... Read More

Philips Lighting Continues to Invest in Li-Fi

February 20, 2017: 7:09am
Holland’s Philips Lighting has quietly acquired a small French company specializing in visible light communications (VLC) in a move believed to be aimed at boosting Philips’ capabilities in Li-Fi, the light-based technology expected to provide Wi-Fi-like two-way Internet communications. Interested in articles & announcements on Li-Fi & smart lighting technologies? The company, Luciom... Read More

LEDs Magazine: Will All Lighting Become Connected?

February 20, 2017: 7:02am
Strategies in Light conference co-chair and Strategies Unlimited research director PHILIP SMALLWOOD unveils the drivers and trends that led to creating a conference track on the value of connected lighting and IoT. We've all heard a great deal about the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution that is taking place at the moment, especially since it appears that new connected products, from thermost... Read More

Cree Announces Termination of Wolfspeed and Infineon Sale Transaction; Earns $12.5M on Non-Deal

February 17, 2017: 7:10am
DURHAM, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Cree, Inc. (CREE), a market leader in LED lighting, today announced that it will terminate the definitive agreement to sell its Wolfspeed Power and RF division (“Wolfspeed”), which includes the silicon carbide substrate business for power, RF and gemstone applications, to Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY). Cree and Infineon have been unable to ... Read More

Hospitality Lighting Sector

February 17, 2017: 7:07am
Lighting in Hospitality Sector Market Research Report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Lighting in Hospitality Sector Market for 2016-2020. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the sales of Lighting in Hospitality Sector globally.... Read More

Rebate Coverage in US Hits Record High

February 16, 2017: 8:16am
According to Brightswitch's North American Rebate and Incentive database, 79% of the US is covered by active commercial lighting rebate program, the highest since they started measuring coverage 8 years ago. Read more.   ... Read More

Look for Price Increases in 2017, led by BigChinaLED

February 14, 2017: 8:17am
The word ‘influential’ is not the right word to describe China’s growing role in our industry. It is more than that. Much more. There are 30,000 lighting manufactures in China and they have one thing in common.  Jack Zhang.   Mr. Zhang runs a media company in China focused on the Lighting Industry, and he owns the GG LED Conference, which your humble editor recently attended.   You won... Read More

Anti-monopoly Authorities Approve OSRAM's LEDVANCE Sale to Consortium led by M.L.S.

February 14, 2017: 6:31am
UPDATE*** The original China Daily article incorrectly states that the Chinese consortium was formed by Sanan Optoelectronics Co Ltd. It should have read M.L.S. (parent company of Forest Lighting.) China will give the green light soon to a Chinese consortium's acquisition of an LED lighting unit of Osram Licht AG, after the German company gained approval from the anti-monopoly authorities in... Read More

Acuity Brands Signs 'Crop Automation' Research Deal with LRC

February 13, 2017: 6:08am
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has signed a sponsored research agreement with Acuity Brands Lighting, Inc., a North American supplier of LED-based lighting solutions.  As part of this project, the Center for Lighting Enabled Systems and Applications (LESA) will develop light protocols for specialized LED lighting with integrated feedback for efficient plant growth. ... Read More

Taking Sides: the DLFNY Annual "Debate"

February 13, 2017: 5:53am
Join the DLFNY for a fun and educational evening of lively, sometimes absurd debate between members of the New York City lighting design community. Enjoy a verbal joust as the debaters take sides on some of the most pressing topics in the lighting industry, during a light-hearted evening of discussion mixed with humorous provocation and competition.  The topics have been chosen to provok... Read More

NLB Says NEMA's Lighting System Index Results are 'New Normal'

February 12, 2017: 1:25pm
Shepherdstown, WV – Lighting-equipment demand fell 4.7% between the second and third quarters of 2016, according to data developed by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) for its Lighting-Systems Index (LSI), a seasonality- and inflation-adjusted composite measure of luminaires, ballasts, miniature lamps, large lamps, and emergency lighting shipped throughout the United State... Read More