Lighting Industry News

Did Concerns from US Military Kill the Philips-GoScale Deal?

February 05, 2016: 9:52am
Worries over China’s chip ambitions were the main reason that United States officials blocked the proposed purchase for as much as $2.9 billion of a controlling stake in a unit of the Dutch electronics company Philips by Chinese investors, according to one expert and a second person involved with the deal discussions.  Read more at the New York Times.... Read More

Blackstone, Onex Said to Advance With Philips Lighting Bids

February 05, 2016: 9:37am
Royal Philips NV has selected buyout firms including Blackstone Group LP, Onex Corp. and Apollo Global Management LLC and U.K. investment company Melrose Industries Plc to advance to the second round of bidding for its lighting division, according to people familiar with the matter.... Read More

Venture Enters LED in a Big Way

February 04, 2016: 11:36am
Your humble editor was invited to Venture's NEMRA agent meeting today in Dallas. Ken Hawley, Venture's VP of Sales and Marketing, started the meeting by reassuring the reps of Venture's continued commitment to H.I.D.  "Our intent is to be the last man standing," stated Hawley.  "As others get out of HID, our market share continues to grow." It was surprising to see Venture demonstrate so many L... Read More

Nordeon Group Acquires WILA

February 04, 2016: 7:51am
The Nordeon Group further strengthens its position as leading international lighting company through the acquisition of the WILA Group.  WILA is a well known international premium indoor architectural lighting brand serving customers around the globe from its operations in the UK and Germany. As part of the Nordeon Group, WILA will continue to operate as an independent, entrepreneurial, customer... Read More

Havells Announces Exit from US Market

February 04, 2016: 5:41am
Your humble editor spoke to Bob Heaton, the Director of Sales for Havells and he confirmed the decision to exit the US market.  During the night, we received the announcement letter from a source. ... Read More

Heard at NEMRA: Havells to Exit US Market....Developing

February 03, 2016: 8:35pm
Exclusive.   Must credit EdisonReport. EdisonReport can confirm that Havells has decided to close their US operation and focus on India.  We expect to have a letter on Thursday, 4 FEB.... Read More

Presidential Politics: Hillary Clinton Wants to "Go After Johnson Controls"

February 03, 2016: 8:10pm
EdisonReport tries hard to stay out of politics, but when our industry or industry partners are involved, we are obligated to cover those stories. In Wednesday's CNN Democratic Townhall Meeting in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton made the following statements: "We want to go after Johnson Controls...the inversion is a perversion" "This Johnson Control thing really infuriates me.  We bailed the... Read More

Detroit Lighting Authority CEO Abruptly Resigns

February 03, 2016: 8:06pm
Odis Jones, CEO of the Detroit Public Lighting Authority, resigned "to pursue other opportunities" Wednesday, 20 months after being hired to oversee $185 million in improvements to the city's streetlight system.... Read More

Dorsheimer Comments on Cree and GE

February 03, 2016: 5:54am
He points out that a consumer bulb initially was a great way for Cree to use their components business. By making their own components, they could keep costs low compared to competitors. And it worked, until the industry moved from high-powered chips – Cree’s sweet spot – to low-powered chips, the kind being manufactured cheaply in Asia. To compete, Cree had to score its own cheap supplier,... Read More

Eaton Beats 4Q Estimate

February 03, 2016: 5:52am
DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Power management company Eaton Corporation plc (ETN) today announced operating earnings per share for the fourth quarter of $1.17, which exclude charges of $0.02 per share to integrate recent acquisitions, a decrease of 8 percent from the fourth quarter of 2014. Sales in the quarter were $5.1 billion, down 9 percent from the same period in 2014. Operating earnings for the ... Read More

LIGHTFAIR Registration is Now Open

February 02, 2016: 6:08pm
Get Ready to See the FutureProduct launches, cutting-edge course topics and colleagues from around the world - that is what makes LIGHTFAIR the place to discover all that's new and next. Register HERE. What You Need to Know Save with early bird pricing now through April 1 Institute + Conference courses include Exhibit Hall e... Read More

Happy Valentines Day. GE is in Love....

February 01, 2016: 2:41pm
Updated 2 FEB 2016, 8:48 EST: FLASHBACK:  LIGHTFAIR 2009, GE played a song in their booth with the lyrics, “Why I Hate LEDs”  My new love understands my needs and can put me in the right mood--day or night.  Read the actual love  letter here. ... Read More

Philips Lighting Gets WAC'd Again

February 01, 2016: 8:39am
Court Halts Philips’s Attack on WAC Citing “Reasonable Likelihood” that Philips’s Asserted Patents Will Be Invalidated by the Patent Office EdisonReport can confirm that WAC had another victory in its battle against Philips, this time in the District Court.  Below is the Court’s decision staying Philips’s entire case against WAC while the Patent Office makes a final determination whe... Read More

Better Building Challenge: 24 Cities, State, and Businesses Commit to Improving the Energy Efficiency of Their Buildings 20 Percent by 2020

February 01, 2016: 7:49am
The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release January 29, 2016 FACT SHEET: Cities, Utilities, and Businesses Commit to Unlocking Access to Energy Data for Building Owners and Improving Energy Efficiency Local Government, private sector, and utility actions spur access to energy data and accelerate energy efficiency investment & innovation in buildings and homes Maki... Read More

Lumileds Expands Matrix Platform with High Efficacy Module for Outdoor Applications

February 01, 2016: 7:02am
Makers of outdoor lighting fixtures can combine LUXEON XR-TX modules with off-the-shelf lens plates and drivers for better performance, simplified supply chain and faster time to market. San Jose, CA – Today Lumileds introduces the new LUXEON XR-TX module, incorporating 12 LUXEON TX high-efficacy LEDs to produce 3300 lumens and 140 lm/W at nominal drive conditions*. In a convenient rigid form f... Read More

CLTC Weighs In on CEC-NEMA Debate: "People are quite insensitive to the quantity of lumens but very sensitive to color rendering changes."

January 29, 2016: 12:15pm
Michael Siminovitch, Professor, University of California, Davis, Konstantinos Papamichael, Professor, University of California, Davis, and Lorne Whitehead, Professor, University of British Columbia authored a white paper explaining the benefits of Title 20. The paper was first published on 12 JAN 2016 and we now have a copy.   Read the white paper here. Over the objections of NEMA, The CEC vot... Read More

LEDucation Enrollment Now Open

January 29, 2016: 11:56am
CELEBRATING 10 YEARS! Tuesday - March 29th, 2016 - 10 am - 8 pm, Wednesday - March 30th, 2016 - 10 am - 6 pm , LOCATION:  NY Hilton at Midtown, NY, NY    Register here. Session Highlights: Residential Applications for LED Lighting:  How LED lighting is creating opportunities for creating dynamic lighting layering in residential spaces    Presented by Joe Rey-Barreau. Sponsored by Re... Read More

LED Specifier Summit Adds New Northwest Event to its Fall 2016 Lineup

January 28, 2016: 2:24pm
Inspiring one-day lighting conference and product showcase brings top speakers and sourcing opportunities to architects, designers and engineers in the Seattle area and beyond. ATLANTA – Exponation LLC has announced the launch of LED Specifier Summit – Northwest, taking place Sept. 22, 2016 at Seattle's Washington State Convention Center. Following the format of the successful annual LED Spec... Read More

NEMA says CEC Unanimous Vote on Title 20 will Negatively Affect the Growth of LED Technology in California

January 28, 2016: 9:52am
STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 27, 2016 Contact: Tracy Cullen 703-841-3282 press@nema.org New CalEnergy Regs to Increase Costs, Lower Energy Efficiency for LED Bulbs ARLINGTON, VA—Today the California Energy Commission (CEC) unanimously approved the Title 20 Appliance Efficiency Regulations despite sound and substantive policy recommendations by industry, lighting experts, and consum... Read More

Philips Launches Hue LightStrip Plus--up to 1600 Lumens

January 28, 2016: 9:29am
Philips wisely discontinued its first-generation Hue Lightstrip. That product was smart enough that you could program it to change colors when the International Space Station passed overhead, but it left out white light and was about as bright as a 15-watt incandescent bulb.... Read More