Lighting Industry News

Tucson Chooses "Least Blue" Lights

June 27, 2016: 7:11am
Tucson, which plans to convert most of its outdoor municipal lighting to LED, or light-emitting diodes, this year, has already chosen the least “blue” lighting that is commercially available and plans to dim those lights when not needed for safety reasons. The AMA report notes that humans evolved in a world that was not artificially lit.    ... Read More

Cree Scores Small Victory in Feit Electric Lawsuit

June 27, 2016: 6:08am
Durham LED giant Cree appears to have won a battle in its ongoing war with rival technology firm Feit Electric. This week, a federal judge ruled it could add two additional counterclaims asserting that Feit infringed on two patents. Feit had argued that Cree had “unduly delayed” adding the claims, and that the new allegations would complicate the proceedings and should be part of a separate ... Read More

Acuity Declares Dividend

June 27, 2016: 6:07am
ATLANTA, June 24, 2016 - The Board of Directors of Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI; "Company") today declared a quarterly dividend of 13 cents per share.  The dividend is payable on August 1, 2016 to shareholders of record on July 18, 2016.... Read More

NEMA Responds to AMA: "a single solution is simply not appropriate for all situations"

June 24, 2016: 1:34pm
STATEMENTJune 24, 2016  NEMA Comments on American Medical Association Community Guidance: Advocating and Support for Light Pollution Control Efforts and Glare Reduction for Both Public Safety and Energy Savings NEMA is a long-time proponent of good quality lighting design and application with technical standards and guidance for manufacturers and their end-use customers.  The American Medic... Read More

IESNYC Lumen Gala: The Fashion Report

June 24, 2016: 3:23am
I’m not really a fashion editor--I’m actually an attorney, and my husband is the editor of the EdisonReport.  I was given the opportunity to report on my style observations at the IESNYC Lumen Awards Gala on Thursday, June 16, 2016. First of all, this is a fabulous event.  The IES New York Section has completely outdone itself with the Gala Awards on Chelsea Piers.  It gets better every ye... Read More

IES Announces RFQ for Educational Seminars

June 23, 2016: 1:35pm
The IES is soliciting proposals for (4) new Educational Seminars: Wireless Controls Update to IES SEM-2 Codes & Standards Update to IES SEM-8 Electricity Lighting Field Measurements The due dates have been extended: Proposals are due by COB PT June 29, 2016 and contract award (if accepted) July 13, 2016. Please direct any questions to the attention of Pat McGillicuddy... Read More

Introducing a More Efficient Phosphor: Silver Clusters

June 23, 2016: 7:07am
(Nanowerk News) Researchers from KU Leuven (Belgium), the University of Strasbourg, and CNRS have discovered a new phosphor that could make next-generation fluorescent and LED lighting even cheaper and more efficient. The team used highly luminescent clusters of silver atoms and the porous framework of minerals known as zeolites (Nature Materials, "Tuning the energetics and tailoring the optical ... Read More

GraphExeter, a New Material, Increases Flexible Lighting Efficiencies up to 50%

June 23, 2016: 7:03am
Researchers from the University of Exeter have pioneered an innovative new technique to make flexible screens more effective and efficient. A team of Engineers and Physicists from Exeter have discovered that GraphExeter - a material adapted from the 'wonder material' graphene - can substantially improve the effectiveness of large, flat, flexible lighting. Read more.  ... Read More

Cree Enters Horticulture

June 21, 2016: 12:29pm
DURHAM, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cree, Inc. (CREE) expands its industry-leading portfolio of LEDs optimized for horticulture lighting with the introduction of the new Cree XLamp® XQ-E Photo Red LED. The XQ-E Photo Red LED is capable of providing very high levels of growth-promoting light wavelengths from a footprint that is less than one-third the size of its closest competitor with similar output... Read More

CNN: AMA Warns on CCT

June 21, 2016: 12:21pm
The American Medical Association (AMA) has just adopted an official policy statement about street lighting: cool it and dim it. The statement, adopted unanimously at the AMA's annual meeting in Chicago on June 14, comes in response to the rise of new LED street lighting sweeping the country. An AMA committee issued guidelines on how communities can choose LED streetlights to "minimize poten... Read More

Wayfair Claims to Offer 'World’s Largest Selection of Lighting'

June 21, 2016: 4:54am
BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Wayfair Inc. (NYSE:W), one of the world's largest online destinations for home furnishings and décor, today announced the expansion of its lighting offering at to deliver the world’s most extensive lighting selection across a wide range of styles and price points. Making it easier than ever before to shop for lighting,’s new Home Renovation ... Read More

Niagara Falls Considers Replacing Xenon with LED

June 21, 2016: 4:02am
These days, the falls are lit up in an assortment of colors on either side of the border to celebrate holidays and to promote awareness of special causes. But the current Xenon lighting, a type of halogen light, provides “inconsistent and low levels of light, according to modern standards,” according to the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.... Read More

How do Landmarks Decide to Change their Lighting for Major Events and International Tragedies?

June 21, 2016: 3:58am
VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – How do city landmarks get lit up for special events?   Like when BC Place lit up rainbow for Orlando or blue, white, and red for the Paris attacks?... Read More

Maryrose: "...You have to be incredibly optimistic and paranoid at the same time."

June 20, 2016: 8:18am
Eight months in her new job as head of a start-up at General Electric hasn't spoiled Maryrose Sylvester's positive attitude about tackling the challenges she faces. “One of the things about being a good business leader is you have to be incredibly optimistic and paranoid at the same time. I’m both of those things,” says the president and CEO of GE's new division Current, laughing at GE... Read More

14 Projects and Their Lighting Designers Honored at the IESNYC 48th Annual Lumen Gala

June 17, 2016: 12:28pm
Editor's Note.  Your humble editor conducted on-camera interviews with all of the award winners and there are some fascinating stories.   Our video team will work through the weekend and those interviews will be online next week. In addition, and a first for the lighting industry, our Fashion Editor will be posting a report mid-week. New York, NY June 17, 2016 - Illuminating Engineeri... Read More

SemiLeds Reports. Revenues $2.9 M, Net Earnings of -$2.54 million. **Warning Graphic Numbers**

June 15, 2016: 9:50am
SemiLEDs Corp. reports financial results for the quarter ended February 29, 2016.... Read More

Acuity's Vern Nagel: "We rebuilt this organization while the car was going 40mph. Now we’re going 70, and we need to get to 100,"

June 15, 2016: 9:47am
Inside a gleaming San Diego convention center, Acuity Brands AYI +1.00% executives are halfway into a pitch about the future of their company, once a lighting-fixture manufacturer stuck in the analog past. The crowd’s attention turns to a video screen showing dozens of tiny, dancing red dots on a map of the building–one for every cellphone in the assembled group. How? Acuity’s light fixtu... Read More

Smart Lights Detect Shoppers with 8 to 12 Inch Accuracy

June 14, 2016: 7:52am
Indoor beaconing is going wall to wall. Or more accurately, it’s going from ceiling to floor, as store lighting joins the Internet of Things. The ultimate effect is that the location of in-store shoppers can be very precisely identified and retailers or marketers can then deliver highly targeted, location-based offers, on the spot.... Read More

Godfather Announces More Free Money: $10.5M

June 13, 2016: 8:26am
The U.S. Department of Energy has announced the competitive selection of nine solid-state lighting (SSL) projects to receive funding, in response to the funding opportunity announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001364 (“Solid-State Lighting Advanced Technology R&D – 2016”). These 18- to 24-month projects will focus on the following existing DOE SSL R&D program areas: Core Technology Re... Read More

DOLED Announces Funding Winners: GE, Cree, Lumileds & 7 Others

June 13, 2016: 7:54am
The U.S. Department of Energy has announced the competitive selection of nine projects for solid-state lighting (SSL), in response to the SSL R&D funding opportunity announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001364. The 18- to 24-month projects will focus on the areas of Core Technology Research, which involves the application of fundamental scientific concepts to SSL technology; Product Development, which i... Read More