Lighting Industry News

Throwback Thursday. Genlyte Thomas Loses Suit

July 24, 2014: 8:50pm
The case alleged that two employees from Phoenix in the fall of 2008 approached Genlyte about taking employees from Phoenix and starting an agency for Genlyte called Intelligent Illumination. The employees wrote a business plan using Phoenix’s computers, which was deleted but retrieved, Witschey said... Read More

EMerge Alliance Expands DC Power Initiative to South Asia

July 23, 2014: 11:37am
New membership category to bring DC microgrids to the region by offering lower-cost memberships for local businesses TRIVANDRUM, INDIA and SAN RAMON, CALIF. (July 23, 2014) – The EMerge Alliance – an open industry association leading the rapid adoption of safe direct-current (DC) power distribution standards for buildings – today announced it will start teaming with local organizations... Read More

Zumtobel's COO Quits Amid Restructuring

July 23, 2014: 9:13am
(Reuters) - Martin Brandt will leave his post as chief operating officer (COO) of Austrian lighting group Zumtobel as the result of a restructuring, the company said on Wednesday.... Read More

DOLED Publishes CALiPER Snapshot Report on LED Outdoor Area Lighting

July 23, 2014: 9:11am
The U.S. Department of Energy's CALiPER program has released a Snapshot Report on LED outdoor area lighting. Based on LED Lighting Facts® data through the second quarter of 2014, the report focuses on outdoor area/roadway luminaires, parking garage luminaires, canopy luminaires, and outdoor directional luminaires. As of July 1, 2014, area/roadway products alone comprised 23% of the LED Lightin... Read More

Hubbell Reports 7% Increase in Sales

July 22, 2014: 7:38am
SHELTON, CT.  (July 22, 2014) - Hubbell Incorporated (NYSE:  HUBA, HUBB) today reported operating results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014. Net sales in the second quarter of 2014 were $855.8 million, an increase of 7% compared to the $801.3 million reported in the second quarter of 2013.  Operating income was $143.7 million, or 16.8% of net sales, compared to $132.1 million, or 16.... Read More

Rigid Files Petition Against Philips on Patent Claims

July 21, 2014: 11:30am
EdisonReport can confirm that Rigid Industries has filed a petition against Philips for its “774” patents.  The Philips patent was issued on 26 JUN 2001. Your humble editor spoke to Mike Wallace, General Counsel, at Rigid Industries.  Mike explained that Rigid believes the “774” patent is too broad and too encompassing,   “Based on this patent, Philips could claim a violation by alm... Read More

Dialight Reports 43% Jump in Profit

July 21, 2014: 9:08am
Dialight reported its six months financial report.  Highlights include: Lighting revenue increased 46% (53% at constant currency) to £43.0m (H1 2013: £29.3m) Lighting operating profit up 60% to £7.1m (H1 2013: £4.4m) Underlying operating profit increased 18% (26% at constant currency) to £6.5m (H1 2013: £5.5m) Statutory operating profit increased 7% to £5.4m (H1 2013: £5.1m) Underl... Read More

Philips Reports Dismal Q2; Lighting Sales Down 5%

July 21, 2014: 7:41am
During the reported quarter, the Lighting segment’s sales decreased 5% year over year to €1,943 million ($2,626.94 million). On a comparable basis, segment revenues increased 1% driven by double-digit growth at Lumileds and Automotive whereas the Professional Lightning Solutions witnessed a low-single-digit growth. However, Light Sources & Electronics and Consumer Luminaires exhibited a ... Read More

HALCO Recalls 14 Models of LED Bulbs

July 21, 2014: 2:16am
A recall of 9,500 LED bulbs has been issued by Halco Lighting Technologies because the bulbs can overheat, separating from the socket, and fall, posing an injury risk, and burn hazard.... Read More

Excellent Exit: LSG's Sethre to Receive $350K for Next 12 Months

July 20, 2014: 7:45pm
The "G" in LSG, should be changed to "Golden" as in Golden Parachute.   According to the 8K Report--released at 8pm Friday--Lighting Science Group's former President, Jennifer Sethre is entitled to her base pay of $350,000 until 17 JUL 2015.   In addition, she'll receive $11,000 for private school tuition.  Further, she is entitled to up to $3900 per month for rental costs in Florida for up to... Read More

Leadership at Lighting Science Group

July 18, 2014: 12:04pm
Over the years, we have reported on some very high salaries at Lighting Science Group, but we hope their web designer is well paid because of the constant updates to the LSG website—not for new products, but for new people.  Yesterday, EdisonReport confirmed the departure of LSG’s president, Jennifer Sethre.  Today, we have put together a spreadsheet of the revolving door of leadership. ... Read More

WSJ Reports GE Appliance Business is For Sale; EdisonReport can Confirm Lighting NOT Part of Deal

July 17, 2014: 6:58am
Update:  10:20 am EST.   We spoke to Seth Martin at GE Corporate and he declined to comment.  However we have spoken now to two other GE Lighting contacts, as well as a press contact, and we are told that Lighting is not included in the potential offload of GE Appliances.   Tweet this on Twitter. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------... Read More

DOLED Plans to Merge SSL R&D Workshops

July 16, 2014: 9:07am
  New for 2015: DOE Merges SSL R&D Workshops In 2015, DOE plans to consolidate its Solid-State Lighting R&D workshops (typically held in January and June) into a single R&D meeting slated for January 27–29, 2015. These workshops generate a robust exchange of ideas and inputs from industry experts from all aspects of the supply chain, and the 2015 R&D workshop will blend dis... Read More

ADLT, Parent of Venture Lighting, Sells Deposition Sciences to Lockheed Martin

July 15, 2014: 8:08am
Deposition Sciences produces durable, heat-resistant and reliable optical thin film coatings, spanning the range from the ultraviolet wavelength through to far infrared (FIR) or the long-wave infrared (LWIR) spectral wavelengths. The company has 85 employees overall... Read More

LSG CFO Resigns; Entitled to $320K Salary through July 2015, plus $100K Bonus

July 15, 2014: 7:35am
Effective as of July 8, 2014, Thomas Shields resigned as Chief Financial Officer of Lighting Science Group Corporation, a Delaware corporation (the "Company"), and will remain employed by the Company as a financial expert through August 8, 2014 (the "Separation Date"). ... Read More

New Orleans to Convert 20,000 Streetlights

July 14, 2014: 6:45am
NEW ORLEANS —"When I came in last night from decorating I said this is wonderful," Maris Sly George said. "I wonder what happened. We got better lighting all of a sudden."... Read More

Global Lighting Market Expected to Reach $150 Billion by 2020; China Accounts for 20% of World Market

July 14, 2014: 6:41am
The lighting industry, particularly the Light-Emitting Diode (LED) segment is becoming an increasingly predominant business with steady market growth of 12.4% being realized year-on-year from 2010 through to 2013.... Read More

Germany Wins World Cup; Messe Frankfurt Acquires LED Expo in India

July 14, 2014: 6:20am
Messe Frankfurt confirmed its commitment to expanding its presence in the Indian market today by announcing the acquisition of two of the country’s leading trade fair brands. Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India Pvt Ltd, the Indian operation and subsidiary of Messe Frankfurt, will acquire the rights to organise and manage the LED Expo and Media Expo fairs from Media Exposition & Events being p... Read More

Introducing Lighting by Drone

July 11, 2014: 5:39am
Researchers at MIT and Cornell University hope to change that by providing photographers with squadrons of small, light-equipped autonomous robots that automatically assume the positions necessary to produce lighting effects specified through a simple, intuitive, camera-mounted interface.... Read More