French curb night-time lighting

The French government has unveiled radical plans to limit lighting at night. The move will force shop and commercial property owners to switch lighting off at night in a bid to cut light pollution and save energy.

Zumtobel pays up in faulty luminaires dispute

Zumtobel Lighting has been forced to pay £120,000 compensation and legal costs after a batch of defective luminaires was installed in car showrooms across the UK, it has been revealed.

LEDs damaging Van Goghs and other masterpieces

LED lighting is damaging darkening the yellow paint in famous masterpieces such as Sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh, say scientists.

The paint can slowly change colour, losing its vibrant yellow to become brown or olive green.

Ex-Or shuts UK factory

Ex-Or's factory in Haydock, Merseyside has been shut by parent company Honeywell.

Philips recalls potentially dangerous GU10 LED lamps

Philips recalls potentially dangerous GU10 LED lamps

Philips is recalling its top-of-the-range MasterLED GU10 lamp after reports that the lamp body could become live.

The company is withdrawing all mains voltage 8W MasterLED Spots – including the Dim Tone variants - from sale and recalling all the light sources from wholesalers and distributors across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Osram axes 4,700 jobs and closes factories as industry moves to LEDs

Osram axes 4,700 jobs and closes factories as industry moves to LEDs

Osram is cutting 4,700 jobs - 12 per cent of its workforce – as part of the wider industry move away from incandescent and towards LED light sources.

The global lamps giant is closing or selling a string of factories which manufacture incandescent light sources and other older technologies in a bid to save US$1.3 billion (€1 billion) ahead of its sell-off by parent Siemens this year.


Jobs go as Toshiba closes UK office

Several people have been made redundant at Toshiba’s UK lighting business as the company seeks to cut costs and shift its focus to the B2B and wholesale markets.

Controls market to double by 2017

The market for lighting controls devices in commercial buildings will double from 2010 to 2017, says IMS Research. Shipments of devices are predicted to increase from 29.6 million to 61.6 million. Most of these components will be connected ballasts that contain a connectivity technology such as Dali or ZigBee

Scientists develop plastic alternative to fluorescent

Scientists develop plastic alternative to fluorescent

Say goodbye to that annoying buzz created by overhead fluorescent light bulbs in your office. Scientists at Wake Forest University have developed a flicker-free, shatterproof alternative for large-scale lighting.