Lighting Industry News

Game Changer. Cree's New LED XHP Claims to Lower Fixture Cost by 40%

October 23, 2014: 6:59am
One Extreme High Power LED does the work of 48 mid power LEDs.   Your humble editor participated in a private conference call with Cree to discuss their new XHP LEDs.   Cree is launching the SC5 Technology Platform which they claim will redefine high-power LEDs by doubling the lumen output of a single LED, giving luminaire manufacturers the flexibility to  build at a significantly lower cost.... Read More

Samsung, TSMC Solid State Lighting Reportedly to Quit LED Lighting Business

October 22, 2014: 12:43pm
Samsung Electronics will reportedly withdraw from the global LED lighting market due to low-price pressure from China-based makers, while Taiwan-based TSMC Solid State Lighting will reportedly cease operations, according to industry sources.... Read More

GE's Strainic, "As LED price points come down ... LED and CFL sales will equalize...probably by next year."

October 22, 2014: 8:52am
And because the bulbs are energy-sipping LEDs rather than CFLs, they use just 12 watts to produce as much light as an old 60-watt incandescent and can be dimmed as easily as an incandescent. They are rated to last more than 20 years. The new control system will accelerate the shift from CFL bulbs to LEDs, said John Strainic, global product general manager for GE Lighting. "As LED price points com... Read More

OSRAM Enters the Wireless Spectral Tuned Bulb Market

October 22, 2014: 8:47am
Osram’s Lightify lighting system brings lamps and luminaires controlled by smartphones into homes and offices. Lightify is now available for end users and professionals and for indoor and outdoor applications. It can be connected to products from other manufacturers thanks to open interfaces. “Lightify lets consumers exploit the wide-ranging possibilities of light – and that brings safety, w... Read More

Cheryl Johnson, R.I.P.

October 22, 2014: 8:42am
As a manufacturer's representative for W.J. Whatley Lighting Poles and King Luminaire, Johnson quickly developed a reputation as a tenacious business woman who cared about both her customers and the product she sold. Her personal commitment to her work can be seen along the roadways and neighborhoods of Oregon and Washington. She served on several national committees and was past-president of IES,... Read More

Unlike CFL's, LED's Let You Put Your Skin in the Game

October 21, 2014: 7:09am
LEDs are the most expensive option, but they are also the most energy efficient, are getting more cost-efficient, and they are growing in popularity. With this increasing acceptance, concerns have arisen about long-  or short-term direct skin exposure—especially since a 2012 SBU study found that contact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs can harm skin cells due to UV-light emittance ... Read More

Start-up Avi-On Uses Bluetooth Instead of Wi-Fi to Connect Home Lighting

October 21, 2014: 7:05am
Using mesh networking (the same concept employed by the off-the-grid chatting app Firechat), pieces in the system can talk to one another without needing to be connected to a Wi-Fi network. This makes Avi-On modular and simple to set up: Just sync the hardware to the app in-app, and you’re ready to go.... Read More

The Race to Communicate with your Residential Light Bulbs

October 21, 2014: 5:21am
Nowhere is the war for the smart home raging harder than on the lighting front. Traditional players and new contenders with connected lighting products are duking it out to replace the humble lightbulb. The goal: to give consumers total control over their lighting, whether they’re at home or not.  Read more.... Read More

DOLED Predicts 84% LED Penetration by 2030

October 20, 2014: 4:33pm
Silver Spring, MD - Using new and updated data sources, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is now predicting that light-emitting diode (LED) lighting will achieve an 84% general-lighting-market penetration by 2030, substantially more than the 74% penetration DOE predicted just last year. The newest report – Energy Savings Forecast of Solid-State Lighting in General Illumination Applications ... Read More

Price Pressure Weighs on Philips as Lighting Split Looms

October 20, 2014: 8:24am
AMSTERDAM, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Philips slid to a net loss in the third quarter, weighed down by one-off charges and weak demand in Russia and China -- a setback for the Dutch healthcare-to-bulbs group as it pushes ahead with a radical plan to spin off its lighting arm.... Read More

Rutgers Group Develops Warm LEDs Without Rare Earth Phosphors

October 20, 2014: 6:29am
Scientists at Rutgers University in the US have now designed some new materials for making these yellow-emitting phosphors without rare earth elements. The group led by Jing Li has developed an inorganic-organic hybrid phosphor family made out of copper iodide, an abundant compound.... Read More

Acuity Brands to Build Engineering Facility in Decatur, GA; Upgrade Conyers

October 20, 2014: 5:09am
ATLANTA, October 20, 2014 - Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI) ("Company") today announced it will build a world-class engineering and technology center at a site it owns in Decatur, Georgia, and will invest in facility upgrades at its complex in Conyers Georgia, as part of a plan to enhance a workplace that will drive  innovation and technology advances. "This multi-year investment will help Ac... Read More

Ford Offers Challenge for OLEDs, Biodegradable Lighting

October 16, 2014: 2:09am
DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 14, 2014 – Ford Motor Company and NextEnergy, one of the nation’s leading accelerators of advanced energy technologies, have teamed up on a technology innovation challenge for industry suppliers to help advance state-of-the-art automotive lighting. The initiative was announced today at a lighting exposition held at Ford’s Product Development Center, where 30 suppliers... Read More

Please Welcome our Newest Source: Carbon Nano Tubes

October 16, 2014: 2:04am
Electronics based on carbon, especially carbon nanotubes (CNTs), are emerging as successors to silicon for making semiconductor materials. And they may enable a new generation of brighter, low-power, low-cost lighting devices that could challenge the dominance of LEDs in the future and help meet society's ever-escalating demand for greener bulbs. ... Read More

Penwell Acquires Lux Live

October 14, 2014: 4:06pm
ulsa, OK  October 14, 2014 – PennWell Corporation, a diversified global media and information company, announced today that it has acquired a 51% interest in Revo Media Partners Limited, owner of LuxLive, the UK’s largest dedicated lighting event, and Lux Magazine and Lux Review, the leading trade publications in the energy efficiency lighting space.  Financial terms of the sale were not dis... Read More

Problem at Staples Center: "...can't see the puck..."

October 14, 2014: 5:21am
“They can’t see the puck at a certain height,” Sutter said. “When we practiced down there, I couldn’t see the puck, either. When it got above the boards, I couldn’t see the puck.... Read More

OSRAM in Deal with Nanoco for Quantum Dots

October 14, 2014: 5:19am
Current methods for producing white light from a blue LED tend to produce light that is weak in red wavelengths, resulting in light that lacks warmth and fails to show true colours. However, Nanoco quantum dots have the potential to overcome these issues, which are limiting the widespread adoption of LEDs in certain general lighting applications, the group said.... Read More

Company Igor Lands $2.5M Investment

October 13, 2014: 7:23am
Several Iowa investors think Dwight Stewart has a bright idea.To prove it, they have invested $2.5 million in his smart lighting companyIgor. The company builds software that interacts with lighting systems to allow for detailed control for greater energy efficiency and costs savings.  ... Read More

The American Efforts Behind the Japanese Nobel

October 10, 2014: 9:02am
While the Nobel Committee says that the “invention of the blue LED is just twenty years old,” its history in fact dates from the late 1960s.  Read more.... Read More