Lighting Industry News

Acuity Brands Announces Acquisition of ByteLight

April 16, 2015: 11:29pm
Editor's Note:  We first learned of ByteLight in a GE Lighting Display last year at LIGHTFAIR. ATLANTA, April 16, 2015 - Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) today announced it has acquired for cash certain assets, including the patent portfolio and all other intellectual property rights, of ByteLight, Inc., a provider of indoor location software for LED lighting. The combination of ByteLight’s tec... Read More

Introducing the First Humancentric Lighting Society Conference

April 16, 2015: 10:38pm
From Stan Walerczyk: Human Centric Lighting Society's First Annual Conference in the Seattle area on June 11, 2015. There will be several renowned speakers and other activities, including visiting the Seattle Mariners' Safeco Field to see the tunable (dimming and CCT changing) LED lights in the home team locker room and  the new LED stadium lights,... Read More

Ellis Yan Decides Not to Renew Employment Agreement as CEO of TCP

April 16, 2015: 4:41am
AURORA, Ohio, April 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- TCP International Holdings Ltd. (TCPI) ("TCP" or "the Company") today announced that Ellis Yan has decided not to renew his employment agreement as Chief Executive Officer as of the expiration of his contract on June 30, 2015.  To help ensure a smooth transition, Mr. Yan will continue to serve as Chairman of the TCP Board of Directors and has agreed to... Read More

Maine Utilities Flooded with Rebate Requests as Confusion Grows

April 15, 2015: 8:17am
At issue is a March 17 ruling at the Maine Public Utilities Commission regarding the language of a landmark energy law passed in 2013. The omission of the word “and” in the law had the effect of cutting $38 million for Efficiency Maine’s budget, the PUC ruled. Since then, Democrats and Republicans have been at odds over how to fix the error, a battle that has generated extended news coverage... Read More

Corning Announces Deal with OLEDworks

April 15, 2015: 7:24am
Agreement enables increased efficiency and conformable OLED lighting solutions  CORNING, N.Y., April 13, 2015 – Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) today announced a collaborative agreement with OLEDWorks to develop unique, flexible, and conformable OLED lighting solutions using Corning® Willow® Glass as an integrated substrate. These lighting panels will be used in architectural lighting... Read More

New York Times Article on Joel Spira

April 15, 2015: 7:16am
Mr. Spira’s idea was to replace a rheostat, which controlled the current flow in an industrial dimmer by absorbing electrical energy on its way to a light source, with a thyristor, a type of transistor that interrupted the flow of power to the light.... Read More

Seattle Mariners are First LED Team in Major League Baseball

April 14, 2015: 6:24am
No, it’s not your eyes, and don’t adjust those television settings.  And fans both attending and tuning into this week’s season-opening series against the Los Angeles Angels will notice an immediate difference. The colors, first of all, the yellows and reds, will pop.... Read More

Ron McCarthy, Founding Partner of Juno Lighting, R.I.P.

April 14, 2015: 6:23am
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS - Ronald Lloyd McCarthy was born on October 28, 1937 in Coloma, Michigan to John and Carol (nee Evens) McCarthy. He passed away on Thursday, April 9, 2015 in Arlington Heights. In 1961, Ron began work as a Manufacturer's Sales Representative and Regional Sales Manager for Halo Lighting, Inc. in Detroit, Michigan. In 1967, Ron and Barb moved to Arlington Heights, Illinois, and fro... Read More

U.S. LED to Reach $5.2B this Year

April 13, 2015: 6:33am
With continuing innovation over the last decade, LED technology has made huge in roads into general lighting applications due to it being highly energy efficient, cost effective and environment friendly. United States witnessed the launch of LED lighting products in early stages of technology development, and over the last five years, the LED lighting market has witnessed a phenomenal growth and... Read More

GE Stock Price Jumps 11% on Friday

April 13, 2015: 6:31am
Mr. Immelt’s tenure has always been met with controversy with the stock lagging the indices for well over a decade. During that time, it always looked like management was a step behind. The push into housing and real estate at the height of the bubble and the late entry into energy just before the oil crash took its toll on the stock and Jeff’s image.... Read More

GE to Sell Bulk of GE Capital but will Keep Financing for its Energy Business

April 10, 2015: 7:28am
GE is keeping its aircraft leasing operations, GE Capital Aviation Services, and financing for its energy and health-care industries as they are smaller lending operations and help support its industrial focus.  Shares jumped 7% in premarket trading on the stock market today.... Read More

LRC Tackles OLED

April 10, 2015: 7:07am
It's an especially hard truth for smaller brands and startups that lack the technical expertise and manufacturing muscle of those bigger names. OLEDs are trending in the right direction, with new designs, better quality and lower costs, but there's still a long way to go on all fronts. Without a strong technical focus, smaller names simply aren't equipped to drive that effort.... Read More

Lutron's Joel Spira, R.I.P.

April 08, 2015: 11:49am
Joel Spira, the inventor of the dimmer switch and founder of electronics giant Lutron, died this morning at age 88.  Spira died of natural causes at his home in Springfield Township, Bucks County, according to the Lehigh County Coroner's office. The case was referred to Lehigh from the Bucks County Coroner's office.... Read More

Philips. "Making LA a Smarter, Safer, Well-Lit Machine"

April 08, 2015: 8:23am
Los Angeles recently converted 140,000 of its street lights to energy-efficient LEDs—the largest such upgrade in the world. Now a new partnership with lighting giant Philips will allow the city’s Bureau of Street Lighting to wirelessly manage all those street lamps, similar to the way its Hue system allows you to control the mood lighting in your home.... Read More

May Day! Last Day to Sue TCP in Class Action

April 08, 2015: 6:42am
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Rosen Law Firm, a global investor rights firm, reminds purchasers of TCP International Holdings Ltd. (TCPI) common stock pursuant and/or traceable to the Company’s IPO on or about June 26, 2014 and from June 26, 2014 through February 27, 2015 of the important May 1, 2015 lead plaintiff deadline in the class action filed by the firm. The lawsuit seeks to recover d... Read More

Lighting Failure Suspends College Baseball Game

April 08, 2015: 6:29am
A bank of lights down the first-base line went out Tuesday night at Wilson Stadium, suspending UNLV’s baseball game against Arizona State just as the Rebels were threatening to rally.  The game will be picked up at 10 a.m. today with the fifth-ranked Sun Devils leading 5-2, but UNLV will have the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the third inning. Admission is free.... Read More

EdisonReport's "Top 10 Must See List" for LIGHTFAIR

April 07, 2015: 9:17am
LIGHTFAIR is the undisputed premier lighting event in North America and many companies plan their product launches at this prestigious event.  With so many new products, EdisonReport has previously highlighted what we believe are the 10 most important products of the show.    Although our sources do a tremendous job of providing upcoming product details, I am the first to admit that the system... Read More

Herman Haverland, R.I.P.

April 07, 2015: 8:01am
Herman G. Haverland (Dutch) died at his home in Danville, CA due to complications from cancer on 3/26/2015 at the age of 87. Herman is survived by his loving wife Rosemary, his 5 children: Pamela A. Thomas of Lopatcong Township, NJ, Garry J. Haverland of Anaheim Hills, CA, Mark A. Haverland of Costa Mesa, CA, Mindy Haverland of Berkeley, CA and Brenda L. Puckett of Danville, CA. Herman is surviv... Read More

Acuity Brands Teams with Key Equipment to Offer Financing

April 07, 2015: 7:42am
ATLANTA - April 7, 2015 - Acuity Brands, Inc. (AYI)  and Key Equipment Finance today announced that the two companies have teamed up to provide flexible financing solutions to qualified Acuity Brands customers converting to energy-efficient LED lighting and installing smart lighting networks. Key Equipment Finance is one of the largest bank-held equipment finance companies in the U.S. and an ... Read More

EdisonReport to Host D.L.C. Panel Discussion in New York

April 06, 2015: 8:00am
One of the most polarizing organizations in our industry is DesignLights Consortium (DLC).  Some in the industry will tell you that selling LEDs was like the wild, wild west before the DLC became involved.  Others have less kind things to say. EdisonReport will moderate a panel discussion featuring industry experts, including Irina Rasputnis, the DLC Program Manager.  This discussion will take... Read More