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Market Intelligence for Lighting Developers

July 2020
DS: The lighting and electrical industries have contracted 18-20% due to COVID-19, according to mounting evidence. An earnings report from Acuity Brands showed an 18% reduction in year-over-year revenue for the fiscal Q3 (March-May 2020). In Channel Marketing Group's latest report (Q2 2020), manufacturers reported an average revenue decline of 19.8% and reps cited a 19.4% revenue loss. 

Takeaways from Acuity Brands' Third Quarter
Source: inside.lighting.com 
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Q2 Pulse of Lighting Findings
Source: electricaltrends.com  
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DS: CLTC has released their latest residential lighting guide for Title 24-2019.

Residential Lighting: A Guide to Meeting or Exceeding California's 2019 Building Energy Efficiency Standards
Source: California Lighting Technology Center, UC Davis

This is one of seven guides designed to help builders, designers, contractors and others involved in the compliance process become more familiar with California’s Energy Code. This guide is designed to serve as a resource for industry professionals involved in the design, construction or retrofit of California’s
buildings. The guides include compliance requirements and recommendations for implementing the Energy Code in New Construction, Addition or Alteration projects
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DS: Nonresidential construction has remained surprising stable overall. Industry variations are interesting and show which have been the most impacted so far by COVID-19 shutdowns.

Construction Spending Falls Modestly
Source: inside.lighting.com 

National nonresidential construction spending declined 0.9% in May, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data published today by the U.S. Census Bureau. On a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, spending totaled $812.5 billion for the month. Private nonresidential spending declined 2.4% in May and public nonresidential construction spending increased 1.2%. 
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DS: CREE sues RAB, alleging five counts of patent infringement.

Cree Lighting Sues RAB Lighting
Source: inside.lighting.com 

On Tuesday, July 14, Cree Lighting filed a patent infringement lawsuit against RAB Lighting in New York Southern District Court.  The complaint cites five counts of alleged IP infringement and details many families of RAB products that are allegedly in violation of Cree Lighting's patents.
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Recent Mergers & Acquisitions

Lucidity Lights Acquires Select Assets of Evolution Lighting
Source: edisonreport.com 
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Interplay Lighting Acquired by Acuity Brands
Source: inside.lighting.com
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Congratulations to our Clients

DS: G&G was named 2nd fastest-growing company in the Albany, NY region. 

G&G Industrial Lighting 
Source: linkedin.com / Erin Noonan
G&G was just announced as the #2 fastest-growing company in New York's Capital Region by the Albany Business Review with 254% growth over the past 3 years. What an accomplishment! 
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DS: Topaz Lighting & Electric and Light Efficient Design each win tED awards. 

tED Magazine Announces 2020 Best of the Best Award Winners
Source: tedmag.com 
tED magazine will honor 23 different companies for their marketing efforts with the 2020 Best of the Best Marketing Awards. This year, a total of 50 entries earned awards.
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DS: DLC releases final NLC V5.

New DLC Policy: Networked Lighting Controls Technical Requirements V5 (NLC5) Released
Source: designlights.org  

The DLC is pleased to release the final version of Networked Lighting Controls Technical Requirements Version 5 (NLC5). NLC5 focuses on strengthening the value of NLC technology, and contains a new cybersecurity requirement to encourage market acceptance and customer confidence. Manufacturers may begin submitting applications under NLC5 in August, 2020.
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DS: Epistar and Lextar form a joint holding company for mini & micro LED.

Apple as Nudge to Epistar and Lextar Merge?
Source: ledinside.com / Yining Chen

Taiwanese LED chip maker Epistar and Lextar are going to form a new holding company, aiming to intensify its growing momentum in next-gen display technologies Mini LED and Micro LED. LEDinside noticed that Apple, who is reportedly launching Mini LED-based products, could be a nudge that lead to the alliance of Epistar and Lextar.
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DS: A specific red wavelength recharges the retina and improves vision in those over 40.

Deep Red Light Reboots Aging Retinas Like "Recharging a Battery"
Source: new atlas.org / Nick Lavars

As our bodies age we can expect different components to deteriorate in performance, however, not all do so at the same pace. The retinas are one example of a part that ages sooner than most, but a new study has demonstrated how a form of deep red light therapy can help arrest this slide. 
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DS: Congrats to Dr. Figueiro!

Dr. Mariana Figueiro Moves to Rutgers
Source: edisonreport.net

Yesterday we reported a teaser, “Major Researcher to Make Major Move.”  Today, EdisonReport can confirm that after 24 years at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Mariana Figueiro, PhD has accepted a position as Center Director at the Institute for Health and as the Division Chief of Sleep and Circadian Medicine in the Department of Medicine at Rutgers University. 
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DS: Gen 2 PoE cert program released by Ethernet Alliance.

Ethernet Alliance Revs Up Gen 2 PoE Certification Program with Support for All PoE Classes
Source: ethernetalliance.org

The Ethernet Alliance, a global consortium dedicated to the continued success and advancement of Ethernet technologies, today announced the launch of its Gen 2 Power over
Ethernet (PoE) Certification Program. Responding to rising industry and end user demand for seamlessly interoperating PoE products and solutions, the program incorporates certification testing, certification logos, and a public registry of certified products. 
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DS: The DMC announced that a “Dallas Lighting Expo” will take place August 19-21 to enable crossover buying for those attending the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market on August 19-25.

New Lighting Event Will Run Alongside Dallas Total Home & Gift Market In August
Source: enlightenmentmag.com  

When the summer edition of the twice-yearly Lightovation show was cancelled out of concerns stemming from the pandemic, there was both disappointment and understanding from buyers and exhibitors....

The Dallas Total Home & Gift Market has always enjoyed synergy with Lightovation; both have been held concurrently for decades. When the pandemic caused the June edition of that market to be moved to August, the Dallas Market Center (DMC) team saw an opportunity to hold a lighting event at the same time that could be beneficial to both shows.
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DS: How the pandemic has changed outdoor lighting patterns around the world.

Artificial Lights Tell the Story of the Pandemic
Source: theatlantic.com / Marina Karen

Even during the worst of the pandemic in New York City, when the threat of the virus had emptied out the streets, the lights of Times Square stayed on, its many towering advertisements flashing and flickering. The coronavirus had driven millions of people indoors, but the city’s most recognizable plaza was illuminated—a symbol, George Lence, a spokesperson for Times Square’s sign operators, told me, of “New York’s strength and resiliency,” a marker that everything might still be fine. 
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DS: The latest news in the MaxLite v. Super Lighting IP suit.

Super Lighting Wins First Round in Patent Fight Against Maxlite
Source: edisonreport.net

Jiaxing Super Lighting Electric Appliance Co., Ltd. and its affiliate Obert, Inc. (collectively “Super Lighting”) filed a patent infringement lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California against MaxLite, Inc. on May 8, 2019 for infringing six of Super Lighting’s U.S. patents.... In response, MaxLite (whose product providers are CH Lighting Technology Co., Ltd. and Ruising Lighting) petitioned for Inter Partes Reviews (IPR) with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on three of the six patents ... seeking to invalidate these patents. 
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DS: Penn State researchers demonstrate how to send and receive data within the orbital angular momentum of light. This is a step to radically increase the data rates of fiber optic networks.

Novel Ways to Store Data in Light Waves
Source: opli.net 

A pair of studies published in Science, led by Liang Feng (right) and Ritesh Agarwal, describe novel ways of increasing information density in optical communication networks. These findings can be used to help solve the incoming “information crunch” by providing new ways of storing data in light waves, paving the way for a massive increase in the bandwidth of fiber optic networks. 
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