Lighting Industry News

Triangle Business Journal: Cree Targets Streetlights

May 20, 2016: 7:21am
Durham LED maker Cree announced a new, more efficient street light this week – yet another innovation push designed to help the technology firm regain its footing. Erik Milz, vice president of product marketing for outdoor lighting at Cree, says Durham – where the company is headquartered – is vital to the latest innovation.... Read More

IES Names Tom Butters as New Director of Education

May 19, 2016: 7:18am
New York, NY May 18, 2016 — The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) is pleased to announce and welcome Tom Butters as the new IES Director of Education, effective August 1, 2016. This new position was established to address the growing need for timely, accessible, and objective continuing education courses in the lighting industry and the expanding role of education within I... Read More

Philips Says Lighting Division IPO Could Raise More Than $950 Million

May 18, 2016: 7:38am
Koninklijke Philips NV set the pricing for the initial public offering of its lighting unit on Monday, saying the spinoff could raise between €694 million and €844 million—or between $785 million and $954 million—for the company.  The Dutch electronics group said it wants to sell shares in the unit at between €18.50 and €22.50, implying a market capitalization of €2.78 billion to ... Read More

NEMA to DOLED: "Respect the Consumer’s Right to Decide..."

May 17, 2016: 1:49pm
EdisonReport has obtained NEMA's response to the U.S. Department of LED's (DOLED) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for General Service Lamps which effectively bans CFL and Halogen lamps.  EdisonReport is told that if the DOLED's rule stands, about 500 to 800 GE and OSRAM jobs will be lost in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Kentucky.  EdisonReport has a different take on the matter.  Pennsylvania, which h... Read More

RAB Sues ABB Lighting

May 17, 2016: 1:33pm
EdisonReport has received a copy of RAB's complaint agains ABB Lighting regarding patent disputes. Recall from other litigation, that ABB Lighting is not related to ABB. Read the complaint here. ... Read More

Godfather Announces More Free Money: $2.3M for Lab Partnership

May 16, 2016: 12:42pm
New DOE Lab Partnership Funding Opportunity DOE has announced a laboratory partnership funding opportunity that may be of interest to the solid-state lighting community. The second round of funding for DOE's Technologist in Residence (TIR) program will provide up to $2.3 million to support DOE's national laboratories in teaming up with manufacturers to tackle technical challenges of interest to t... Read More

Register Now for the 'Most Anticipated Lighting Technology Conference of the Year' ?

May 16, 2016: 7:55am
What Are You Waiting For?  Registration for the 2016 DLC Stakeholder Meeting is now open! Don't waste a second to secure your spot at the 'most anticipated lighting technology conference of the year'. Click here for details on this anticipated event. ... Read More

Philips IPO Values Lighting at 3.3B Euros ($3.7USD)

May 16, 2016: 7:28am
EdisonReport FLASHBACK:  In 2007, Philips purchased Genlyte for 2.38 B Euros ($2.7B USD) Royal Philips NV is seeking to raise as much as 970 million euros ($1.1 billion) from the initial public offering of its lighting unit as it pushes ahead with a plan to list on Amsterdam’s stock exchange after a private sale didn’t result in a buyer. Philips is planning to sell 37.5 million sh... Read More

ADLT (Venture Lighting) Co-President Resigns; Sabu Krishnan to Continue as President and COO

May 13, 2016: 12:13pm
ADLT Advises Notice of Co-President/CFO’s Resignation  GLENWILLOW, Ohio, United States – 12 May 2016 – Advanced Lighting Technologies, Inc. (the Company) advises that Wayne Vespoli, on May 2, 2016 gave notice of his resignation as co-president, chief financial officer and director of the Company (and its relevant subsidiaries and affiliates). Mr. Vespoli announced his resignation in order... Read More

LIGHTFAIR Keeps Growing and Growing and Growing

May 13, 2016: 9:42am
Yesterday LIGHTFAIR International announced that 2016 was the largest trade show to date and broke West Coast attendance records.  Regarding exhibition space. LFI 2015 had 268,580 square feet of exbhitors and 2016 beat that number with 269,680 and I felt like I walked every one of those square feet. Attendance was very strong also at  27,628 which beat the 2014 West Coast record in Las Vegas o... Read More

Revolution Lighting Reports 1Q Loss

May 12, 2016: 7:21am
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Revolution Lighting Technologies Inc. (RVLT) on Thursday reported a loss of $2.6 million in its first quarter. The Stamford, Connecticut-based company said it had a loss of 16 cents per share. Losses, adjusted for costs related to mergers and acquisitions, came to 9 cents per share.... Read More

Cree Sues Feit Over Color Mixing

May 12, 2016: 7:19am
DURHAM, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cree, Inc. (CREE), a leader in LED lighting, has filed counterclaims in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina against Feit Electric Company, Inc. to stop infringement of Cree’s patented technologies. The suit alleges infringement of two patents related to LED bulbs.  The patents at issue are U.S. Patent No. 8,998,444 entitled “Solid ... Read More

Eric W. Hilliard Resigns as President and COO of Energy Focus, Inc.

May 11, 2016: 4:52am
In one of the shortest 10K reports, we have ever seen, Energy Focus Announced their President and COO has resigned.  On May 4, 2016, Eric W. Hilliard resigned from his position as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Energy Focus, Inc. (the "Company") in order to pursue other interests. Mr. Hilliard will provide transitional assistance to the Company.... Read More

Cinven to sell German Lighting Group SLV in potential 800 million Euro Deal

May 10, 2016: 5:17am
Buyout group Cinven [CINV.UL] is preparing to sell German residential and technical lighting products maker SLV in a potential 800 million euro ($911 million) deal, three people familiar with the matter said.  The private equity investor has asked Goldman Sachs (GS.N) to organise the sale which it plans to officially launch in the second half of this year, the sources said.... Read More

Former Advance Auto Parts CEO Joins Cree's Board

May 10, 2016: 5:14am
Six months after announcing he was stepping down from his role as CEO of Advance Auto Parts(NYSE: AAP), Darren Jackson is wearing a new hat – that of Cree (Nasdaq: CREE) board member. The Durham-based LED giant announced last week that Jackson, who led the integration of Raleigh-based General Parts International after its $2 billion acquisition in 2014, is transitioning into the board sea... Read More

Reuters Article Philips-OSRAM Article Calls Acuity 'Newcomer'

May 10, 2016: 5:07am
The Philips unit also faces an unexpected threat from newcomer Acuity Brands, which had more professional systems sales than Philips did in the first three months of 2016 for the first time. Acuity has outmanoeuvred competitors and seized U.S. market share with a superior sales and distribution strategy, and shares are up more than 300 percent over the past five years. Philips Lighting CEO Eric ... Read More

OSRAM Announces Separation Plans

May 09, 2016: 7:44am
EdisonReport has been reporting on OSRAM's separation and their launching of LEDvance in July.  In the letter, OSRAM says there will be a hyperlink and the login data will be provided to you in a separate document.  Read the letter to their suppliers, here.... Read More

Kingbright and Cree Settle IP Dispute

May 09, 2016: 7:29am
DURHAM, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cree, Inc. (CREE), a leader in LED lighting, announced today that it has reached a confidential settlement in its patent infringement lawsuit with Kingbright, Inc. Kingbright and Cree have agreed to a royalty bearing, worldwide license to the Cree patents-in-suit, thereby ending the lawsuit between the parties.  “Cree is committed to protecting the investment of ... Read More

Echelon's Loss Narrows

May 06, 2016: 6:24am
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Echelon Corporation (ELON) today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016. “During the first quarter we continued our multi-quarter pivot towards the dynamic intelligent lighting systems market and are starting to see some positive signs of customer traction with our multi-vendor, multi-application ‘connect anything anywher... Read More

David R. Errigo Replaces Mark Lien at NLB

May 05, 2016: 7:10am
Shepherdstown, WV - David R. Errigo, vice president of sales for luminaire manufacturer LumenOptix, has been elected vice chair of the National Lighting Bureau board of directors. He fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Mark S. Lien, L.C., CLEP, CLMC, LEED BD&C, who left Bureau sponsor OSRAM SYLVANIA to become industry relations manager for the Illuminating Engineering Society (... Read More