Lighting Industry News

UL Warns of Unauthorized UL Mark on Civilight LED Lamps

December 15, 2017: 7:38am
  NORTHBROOK, Ill., Dec. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is a notification from UL that Civilight LED lamps identified below bear unauthorized UL Certification Marks for the US and Canada. These LED lamps have not been evaluated by UL to the appropriate Standards for Safety and it is unknown if these LED lamps comply with any safety requirements.   Name of Products:  Civili... Read More

Al Thumann, Founder of The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), Rest In Peace

December 14, 2017: 12:34pm
Albert Thumann, born March 12, 1942 passed away after a courageous battle with Brain Cancer (GBM). He is survived by his wife, Adriana Thumann; his son, Brian Thumann; daughter-in-law, Patty Thumann and his grandson, Jake Thumann as well as his sister Shirley Honingman. Al was born in New York and throughout his spirited life traveled the globe making friends wherever he went. Al Thumann founded T... Read More

Could “Glow In The Dark” Plants One Day Replace Street Lights?

December 14, 2017: 9:42am
Millions of people watched James Cameron’s epic Avatar and fell in love with its wondrous planet, a lush landscape of bioluminescent plantlife of every color of the rainbow (of course, millions hated the terrible dialogue, acting, and general plot but that’s another article). Well, researchers at MIT are attempting to make that a reality. OK, MIT is not trying to create Pandora here on Eart... Read More

Dialight Stock Drops 18% on Manufacturing Issues

December 14, 2017: 8:32am
Today, on the London Stock Exchange, the price of Dialight shares dropped £127.40 or 18% per share to £594.10.  This drop occurred two days after CapitalCube gave the stock a relative valuation of NEUTRAL.   The company issued a trading update explaining production volume shortfalls at the plant in Guadalajara, Mexico.   The letter states that the shortfalls were unexpected and the Boar... Read More

LightTrades™--The Best Products Launched in 2017

December 14, 2017: 5:00am
Every year, our team of judges picks the Top 10 Best Products from the too-many trade shows in our industry.   This year we considered products from LIGHTFAIR, LEDucation, Strategies in Light, the IES Annual Conference, Hong Kong Lighting Fair and London’s LuxLive.  Our 2017 judges were Howard Wolfman of Lumispec Consulting, Paul Pompeo of The Pompeo Group, and Randy Reid, Editor of the Ed... Read More

Ellis and Solomon Yan to Regain Control of TCP; Merger Announced

December 13, 2017: 8:51am
AURORA, Ohio, Dec. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- TCP International Holdings, Ltd. (TCP) today announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which, and subject to the terms and conditions set forth therein, a group controlled by Ellis Yan and Solomon Yan will acquire all TCP shares not owned by the buyers or their affiliates. Under the terms of the agreement, which... Read More

Lighting Control Market to Reach $21 Billion by 2023

December 13, 2017: 7:09am
The global lighting control market is expected to reach an estimated $21.1 billion by 2023 with a CAGR of 12% from 2018 to 2023. According to a new market report published by Lucintel, the dramatic growth of this market segment is due to growth in development of smart cities, increasing adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) in the lighting industry, rising utility costs, and favorable government... Read More

Award Winning Architectural Lighting Cancels Print Edition; Donoff Moves from Editor-in-Chief to Editor-at-Large

December 11, 2017: 8:20am
EdisonReport is sad to report that one of the leading magazines in our industry has decided to exit their print edition and focus solely online.  In their last print edition, Editor-in-Chief, Elizabeth Donoff states, " I had hoped we would be able to maintain our full portfolio longer, but business conditions for both publishing and lighting point in a different direction." Elizabeth Donoff i... Read More

Why SESCO is So Successful

December 11, 2017: 5:00am
SESCO was a somewhat familiar company as your humble editor had worked a job with them about a decade ago where we relit Publix Super Markets using electronic HID.  It was a 12,000-piece order—and I worked close with Marshall Graham to close this very profitable deal.    This is when I first learned that SESCO was no ordinary manufacturer’s rep.  Last week, SESCO invited me to their open... Read More

Topaz Settles with Philips IP Machine

December 11, 2017: 4:52am
EdisonReport has learned that Topaz and Philips Lighting have reached an agreement regarding IP claims.  Philips has submitted a Joint Motion for Termination of the Investigation pursuant to 19 C.F.R. § 210.21(b).  In addition, Philips Lighting has requested that the agreement remain confidential.  In a motion filed with the FTC, Philips claims, " Moreover, there is no need for the Non-Settlin... Read More

'NonPracticing Entity' Sues GE, Cree Over A19 Bulb

December 08, 2017: 8:59am
Guest Column by Seth Coburn, Attorney for Verrill Dana, LLP.    On December 4, Bluestone Innovations, LLC, a so-called non-practicing entity, filed complaints against General Electric Co. and Cree, Inc. in the Northern District of California alleging infringement of U.S. Patent 6,163,557 (the “‘557 patent”).  The ‘557 patent is an old patent (issued in 2000) that is set to expire next ... Read More

Gas Station Chain Installs Anti-heroin Lighting in Bathrooms; Addicts Say it Won't Work. EdisonReport Agrees

December 08, 2017: 8:23am
CLEVELAND - One gas station chain is shining the light on the heroin epidemic by changing up the look of one of its public restrooms.  Gas station restrooms continue to be a popular place for people to shoot-up, and Sheetz is making changes to keep a growing number of addicts from using them to get high.  Read the article here. However, we have an interview with Mark Stokes, Crime Reduction Su... Read More

Schreder Dramatically Scales Back US Presence

December 08, 2017: 7:53am
EXCLUSIVE:  Must Credit EdisonReport.  EdisonReport has learned that Schreder plans to exit General Lighting in U.S.,  and most U.S. employees were laid off earlier this week.  We have learned that they plan to stay in the Smart Cities business.   Schreder is based in Belgium.  The website shows the US HQ in Oak Brook, IL, but believe they moved their offices to Texas earlier this year.... Read More

LEDVANCE Replaces U.S. CEO; North America to be Managed from Existing HQ in Germany

December 07, 2017: 1:13pm
EXCLUSIVE:  MUST CREDIT EDISONREPORT. The transformation of LEDVANCE from a traditional lamps company to a LED-based player in the lighting industry is well on its way. The next steps will include investments in R&D and new product offerings, further development of sales channels and consolidation of the traditional manufacturing footprint. The global operations have been consolidated and t... Read More

Castillo FY2017 Compensation: $3.3M

December 06, 2017: 5:26am
Durham-based LED manufacturer Cree confirmed two major departures Tuesday in its lighting division. Daniel Castillo, president of the lighting division, is no longer with the firm, nor is Keith Eagle, senior vice president of sales at Cree’s commercial lighting business.... Read More

Daniel Castillo and Keith Eagle Out at Cree

December 05, 2017: 1:28pm
EXCLUSIVE.  MUST CREDIT EDISONREPORT.   EdisonReport has confirmed that Danny Castillo and Keith Eagle are leaving (or will be leaving) Cree.  At this point, we have no more details.  Danny Castillo was named as President, Lighting, effective 7 NOV 2016. On 16 AUG 2017, EdisonReport reported that Danny Castillo was the leading candidate to replace Chuck Swoboda as CEO.  On 26 SEP 17, Cree n... Read More

Amy Huntington Departs Philips Lighting

December 05, 2017: 1:00pm
EXCLUSIVE:  MUST CREDIT EDISONREPORT.    EdisonReport can confirm that Amy Huntington, President of Philips Lighting Americas has resigned.  Her last day will be 31 DEC 2017.   Below is how we learned of the story: Monday, 4 DEC 2017 1:37 p.m.  Received an anonymous tip that said, “Amy Huntington to be leaving Philips lighting” 1:46 p.m.  Received a second tip from a trusted sourc... Read More

Registration Is Open for LEDucation 2018

December 05, 2017: 11:47am
    Registration Is Open for LEDucation 2018     Organized by the Designers Lighting Forum of New York, LEDucation is the ultimate marketplace for solid-state lighting innovations, giving industry professionals a chance to experience new technologies!   PLEASE NOTE: Accredited seminars will be annou... Read More

RAB Lighting Chooses Casey Electric for Chicagoland

December 05, 2017: 9:16am
EdisonReport has learned that RAB Lighting has appointed Casey Electric Sales to represent RAB in Illinois.  Ross Barna, CEO, told us, “We are thrilled to have Casey Electric Sales representing RAB in Illinois as together we enable distributors success with LED lighting and controls through thoughtful product design, fast delivery and great service.”... Read More