2019-08-27

Strategies of Global LED Manufacturers during Challenging Time in the Industry [Part 2]

Facing the difficulties in the industry, global LED companies developed their strategies trying to keep their business prospering. LEDinside analyzed the different approaches of worldwide LED manufacturers. For Taiwanese LED manufacturers, Micro LED and Mini LED technologies have directed them into a new field where they have a better chance to rival with competitors from China and Korea. Korean and Japanese LED suppliers, on the other hand, target niche products for novel applications such as UV LEDs and LEDs with wavelengths that are similar to natu...
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2019-04-17

GE , Current Lighting Solution and Consumer Lighting File Patent Lawsuit against Cree

General Electric (GE), Current Lighting Solution and Consumer Lighting have accused Cree of using a technology on Cree’s LED product which infringes the patent of GE’s TriGain LED technology. The three companies filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Cree on April 11, 2019. (Image: Pixabay) lightED, an online magazine, posted the lawsuit document filed by GE. In the document, GE indicated that its TriGain LED technology, which is protected by U.S. Patent No 7,497,973 and No. 9,680,067, addresses solutions to improve LED col...
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2019-04-03

GE Completes Sale of Current, powered by GE to American Industrial Partners

GE announced that it has completed the sales of Current, powered by GE business unit to American Industrial Partners (AIP), following the agreement signed in November 6, 2018. Current, powered by GE was established by GE in 2015 as a startup subsidiary offering smart lighting and control services through the integration of LED technology, networked sensors and software. The business delivers energy savings and operational productivity for its customers, which include commercial offices, retail stores, industrial facilities and cities. Under a long-term licensing agre...
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2019-03-25

More Big Names Say Goodbye to LED Lighting to Focus on Higher Margin Business

Before the end of 1Q19, we learned that two more LED lighting operators are cutting off their LED lighting business. The US LED giant Cree announced the selling of its lighting business to Ideal Industries on March 15 and power company Eaton posted its plan to spin off the lighting business. Restructuring business focus to concentrate on higher margin operation has been a trend the LED industry. LEDinside pointed out that the price and profit of LED lighting products have dropped in the past years with increasing competitors joining the industry to share the...
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2018-12-28

2018 Year-End Industry Review: Things You Can’t Miss About the Big Names

There have been ups and downs in the LED industry in 2018. New technologies have continued to evolve while many leading industry players have made critical decisions to cut off old business. LEDinside has selected some significant updates of the influential companies in the industry to wrap up the year. Philips Lighting becomes Signify As one of the most famous lighting brands in the world, Philips Lighting officially changed its name to Signify in 2018. The company announced the name change plan as a gesture to transform the company. It has started to use the new na...
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2018-09-10

The Deficit of LED Lighting Pushes International Brands to Cut off Their Lighting Business

The market scale of LED lighting has continued to grow with the driving forces from the emerging market and the transition of traditional lighting to LED lighting. The expanding market has attracted many companies to join, leading to escalating competition and sliding profit. Many LED companies have thus decided to quit their lighting business or to reorganize their strategies. 
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2018-08-16

Automate Lighting Control for Energy Saving: Solutions Provided by Osram and GE

The Internet of Thing (IoT) has enabled a connected system to control and monitor lighting for optimizing environments while saving energy. Lighting giants Osram and GE have developed solutions for LED lighting applications in various fields. 
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2018-08-06

Financial and Business Updates from Companies in Europe and the U.S.

In the past few weeks, the LED industry has been active with several worldwide leading brands reporting their financial results of the second quarter and the first half of 2018 as well as big names announcing news of company reconstruction. LEDinside highlights the news for our readers to quickly follow up the industry updates. 
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2018-07-24

GE to Sell its Lighting Business by the End of 2018

General Electric (GE) announced its plan to restructure the company in November 2017 with the intention to cut off its lighting business and to narrow the focus on three sectors, aviation, power and renewable businesses. 
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2018-03-06

Chinese LED Makers Interested in Buying GE’s Remaining Lighting Units

Chinese lighting companies MLS Co. and Foshan Electrical and Lighting Co. are seeking financial supports for bidding GE’s asset, Reuters reported. The deal is potentially to amount at USD 1 billion, according to sources in the industry.
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2018-01-31

LEDinside: Global Industrial Lighting Market Scale Will Reach USD 5.687 Billion in 2022 

According to the latest report from LEDinside, a division of the market research firm TrendForce, 2018 Industrial Lighting and High / Low Bay Light Market Report, the global LED industrial lighting market increases significantly as the stability and price of LED products are approaching the traditional metal-halide lamp. Europe takes up the largest market share in 2018, followed by China and America. In view of shipments, Chinese market accounts for the greatest proportion, mainly because the products from Chinese market are in lower prices. The global industrial lighting market scale comes to USD 3.934 billion in 2018, and expected to reach USD 5.687 billion in 2022, with CAGR of 10% during 2018-2022.
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2018-01-18

Walmart Continues Energy Efficiency Plan with 1.5 Million GE LED Fixtures Now Installed

Walmart announced results of an extensive lighting program with Current, powered by GE at the National Retail Federation’s Big Show. As part of an ongoing commitment to energy efficiency, Walmart has now installed more than 1.5 million LED (light emitting diode) fixtures across more than 6,000 stores, parking lots, distribution centers and corporate offices in ten countries.
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2017-11-18

GE Continues Restructuring and Plans to Axe Lighting Business

Earlier in this week, General Electric dropped a bombshell while announcing its financial results and business outlooks for the next two years. The company cut its dividend in half and planned to strategically downsize its business by narrowing its focus on three key sectors.
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2017-06-27

Current, powered by GE Helps Sainsbury’s Become First U.K. Supermarket to Switch to 100% LED Lighting, Cutting Energy Consumption by 58%

Today Current, powered by GE announced it is partnering with Sainsbury’s to make it the first grocery retailer in the U.K. to power all its supermarkets entirely by LED lighting.
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2017-05-17

Cutting-Edge Lighting Solutions Market Indicating Steady Growth as Industry Opportunities Expand

The global custom and state-of-the-art lighting market is seeing a uptick in activity in the market as a result of latest advancements in lighting technology and applications. The market is witnessing rapid advancements as well as uses for lighting technologies, while the LED lighting technologies dominated the market in terms of revenue contribution in 2016. Lighting solutions and advancements in the market of note this week include: AV1 Group, Inc., Cree Inc., Koninklijke Philips N.V, Amazon.com, Inc., General Electric.
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2017-05-10

Current Reaches Digital Lighting Milestones with 200 Million Square Feet of Wireless Controls & 100 New Development Partners Joining its Intelligent Environments Portfolio

Current, powered by GE, today announced it has reached two significant milestones as it aims to lead the lighting industry’s transformation toward the digital age. Over the past year, the company has expanded its development partner ecosystem to more than 100 companies, and its Daintree wireless control networks are now installed across locations spanning 200 million square feet of space in commercial buildings, retail stores and industrial facilities. The installations are saving Current’s customers an estimated 240 million kilowatt hours (kWh) annually, or enough equivalent energy to power approximately 22,000 U.S. homes for a year. The digital networks also provide a gateway to future operational productivity benefits through the power of the Industrial Internet.
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2017-05-05

Let There Be a Voice for That Light: GE Illuminates Voice-Driven Experiences at Home

The industry's first Amazon Alexa-embedded lighting product - C by GE Sol - is adding to its convenience and fun as GE announces new features and opens a promotional wait-list window, giving early adopters first dibs on the product, plus an exclusive 20 percent discount. Sol combines functional illumination, a contemporary design, visual indicators for everyday tasks, sleep-based light and all the skills you'd find in an Amazon Alexa product without the need for a stand-alone Alexa-device.   
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2017-03-30

GM Cuts Energy Consumption and Costs with LED Upgrade from Current

Two historic U.S. “generals” are joining forces to combat energy inefficiency and wasted productivity across the globe. Over the last year, General Motors installed 45,000 efficient LED lighting fixtures with motion sensors from Current, GE’s digital energy startup. 
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2017-03-23

13 New Solar Projects from GE's Current Drive Clean Energy & Cost Savings for Businesses Across the Northeast

Businesses across the Northeast are using the power of the sun to reduce energy costs and improve their environmental impact. Solar solutions from Current, powered by GE, are now generating clean energy to fuel diverse industries like healthcare, manufacturing and municipalities. 
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2017-03-01

AT&T and Current Strike Historic Deal to Redefine Smart Cities for the Digital Age

AT&T and Current, powered by GE, have announced an exclusive agreement to connect cities across the United States and Mexico to the Internet of Things (IoT). Together, the companies will unlock a realm of possibilities to improve the way cities operate, communicate and meet the needs of citizens.
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2017-01-10

Goodbye Bitter 2016: Patent Disputes and New Alliances (Part 2)

Nichia announced Tuesday that it had won another LED patent infringement suit against Everlight in Dusseldorf Court in Germany, and filed another four patent suits against Chinese LCD TV manufacturer TCL Multimedia Technology Holdings, LED retailers Lowe’s Hone, and LED distributors L G Sourcing and Feit Electric. Feit Electric is the most recent plaintiff to be included in the Japanese LED manufacturers list of companies where it is seeking for injunctions that prohibit the sale and distribution of infringing products, but there has not been much changes in its patent suit strategy. The company is following a trajectory similar to 2016 in its patent suit approach. LEDinside also estimates Feit Electric might cave into arriving a settlement in a similar way that it did with Cree in 2016.
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2016-12-23

GE Acquires Concept Laser to Propel 3D Printing Technologies

GE, the world’s leading digital industrial company, executed on its agreement to acquire a 75% stake in Concept Laser of Germany. The agreement, announced in late October, allows for GE to take full ownership over the next several years.
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2016-09-23

GE New Red Phosphor Technology Unlocks Wide Color Gamut for LED-Backlit LCD Screens

GE has unlocked the wide color gamut potential for mobile phones, tablets, PCs and TVs with its RadiantRed™ Technology, delivering greater overall color and the truest red color possible in LED-backlit LCD displays. The technology offers manufacturers the ability to create the brightest, most colorful LED HD displays available for a wide range of devices, including the next generation of mobile devices and high dynamic range (HDR) TVs.
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2016-09-02

GE Lighting Exits Asian Market to Ensure Its Survival, LEDinside Reports

GE Lighting’s decision to leave the Asian lighting market has sent another shock wave within the global lighting industry. LEDinside, a division of TrendForce, pointed out that less than 10% of GE Lighting’s total lighting revenue comes from China. Other markets in Asia also make up a very small percentage. At the same time, pricing and brand competition in the region has intensified. By withdrawing from this region and reinforcing its presence in North America, GE Lighting has also shown that the industry’s thinking has shifted from expanding channel network and market share to maintaining profitability and one’s survival.
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2016-08-08

GE Donates More than Lighting at Olympic Games Rio 2016

GE Lighting has helped monitor athletes performance with LED biosensors at the 2016 Summer Olympics that took place from Aug. 5-21, 2016 in Rio de Janerio and its projects there invovles more than illuminating venues.
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2016-06-28

GE: Smart LEDs Are Lighting The Way To “Intelligent” Manufacturing

In manufacturing, a minute saved is money earned. Which is why building complex machines like gas turbines can be frustrating.
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2016-05-20

GE Makes Next Generation Interactive Lights Through Crowdsourcing Competition

How many inventors does it take to change the future of a lightbulb? GE Lighting partnered with the maker movement magazine Make: and the hardware-hacking communityHackster to find out. Their crowdsourcing competition, called Lights for Life Challenge, invited inventors to take LEDs in new and unexpected directions. There’s one condition, though: The solutions must include voice commands.
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2016-04-25

GE Posts 1Q Earnings, Revenue Hurt by Oil and Gas

GE released first-quarter results last week, with industrial operating plus verticals earnings reaching $0.21 per share, up 5 percent compared to last year. The company said it remained on track to earn between $1.45 and $1.55 per share and return $26 billion to shareholders in 2016.
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2016-04-25

GE's Current Acquires Daintree Networks to Expand Building Automation Platform

Today Current, powered by GE (NYSE: GE), announced the acquisition of Daintree Networks, an Industrial Internet provider of building controls solutions for commercial facilities. This acquisition will enable Current to expand its building automation platform and its energy-as-a-service offering to small- and medium-size facilities through the deployment of Daintree’s open, standards-based wireless control systems.
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2016-03-21

GE Recalls In Total 35,000 High Intensity LED Lamps over Impact Hazard

This recall involves GE Lighting high intensity discharge (HID) LED lamps. The lamps are used in lighting fixtures for warehouses, schools and gymnasiums. The lamps are 5 1/2 inches in diameter by 11 1/2 inches long and weigh about 3 pounds. The lamps were sold in a blue and white carton with “ED37/EX39 base” on the front and “PC:21259” on the back above the bar code. 
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