TCP wins exclusive contract with Homebase

TCP wins exclusive contract with Homebase | News | Lighting.

Technical Consumer Products (TCP) has secured a major contract to be the sole supplier of CFL lamps to Homebase in the UK.

TCP will also supply its LED candles, LED 6W GLS lamps, LED GU10 lighting and Ecohalogen products as part of the contract.

In addition, the company has worked closely with Homebase to develop Homebase-branded versions of all of its energy efficient bulbs.

The contract comes just months after the US-based firm set up its UK office in Northampton.

David Cattrall, senior buyer, core electrical at Homebase said: “We chose TCP for its proven track record in the US, its ground-breaking range of bulb products at competitive import prices and the complete package of support it put together for us.”

Thomas Luecke, managing director for TCP in the UK said: “We’re accustomed to working with big retailers like Wal-Mart and The Home Depot in the US, so we understand the responsive, flexible and supportive working relationships they demand.”


Osram files new patent complaints in South Korea

Osram files new patent complaints in South Korea | News | Lighting.

Osram has filed new patent infringement complaints against LG subsidiary LG Innotek and Samsung in South Korea.

In a filing with the Korea Trade Commission (KTC), Osram alleges that LG Innotek infringes four LED patents for generating white light. The company is requesting that the KTC bans the export of the LG LED products that are allegedly manufactured using patented Osram technology.

In actions filed with the Seoul Central District Court, Osram has claimed that LG Group and Samsung companies are infringing Osram’s patents on white and surface mountable LEDs in Korea.

“We respect the property rights of other companies and expect the same from other market participants,” said Aldo Kamper, the CEO of Osram Opto Semiconductors.

In June of this year, Osram sued LG Group and Samsung companies for infringing patents and filed lawsuits in the US and Germany, and also filed infringement lawsuits against LG Group companies in Japan and China.

In July, Samsung LED retaliated by filing a complaint with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) requesting that it barred the importation of products made by Osram, Osram Opto Semiconductors, and Osram Sylvania into the US, alleging a total of eight patent infringements of core LED technologies used in lighting, automobiles, projectors, cell phone screens, and televisions.

In June, Samsung LED also filed a patent infringement action against Osram in a Korean court.

In a statement issued Monday, 22 August, Samsung LED said it was aware of Osram’s announcement: “Osram’s actions in South Korea are a typical and expected response to Samsung’s legal actions and appear to be an attempt to delay Samsung LED’s infringement action against Osram in Korea.”

Rare earth shortages cause Havells to raise fluorescent prices

Rare earth shortages cause Havells to raise fluorescent prices | News | Lighting.

Rare earth shortages cause Havells to raise fluorescent prices

Havells-Sylvania has announced price increases to its fluorescent lamp and luminaire products. The company says the increases, which become effective immediately, are due to the limited availability and steep cost increases of phosphors.


Advances in the recycling of electrical waste could release rare earth metals locked in some products. (Picture courtesy of Lumicom)

As reported in Lighting, global shortages of rare earth elements (REEs), which have been exacerbated by the Chinese government reducing production and exports to protect its fast diminishing reserves, have increased costs in the lighting supply chain. Further price increase announcements are expected from other lamp manufacturers shortly.

Anuj Vasu, Havells-Sylvania’s senior strategic business unit manager for fluorescent products said: “The dramatic increase in the cost of this vital raw material has made it impossible for us to hold our prices at their current level. We aim to provide first class products without compromise on quality. Sharing the burden of the phosphor supply crisis allows us to continue to do that.”

China controls around 95 per cent of the world’s REE supply, so its strategic reduction in exports, coupled with a growing demand for REEs driven by the increased consumption of electronic consumer products and fast growing hybrid technologies, has put certain elements on the critical list. Havells said costs have increased ten-fold in just five months, driving production costs of fluorescent lamp and luminaire products steeply upward.

At present, there is no immediate alternative to Chinese sourced phosphors. Initiatives have been undertaken in countries such as the USA, India and Russia to expand mining and it is hoped developments in recycling will enable the industry to extract more of the elements from old equipment. Similarly, the large reserves of rare earth elements that were recently discovered by Japan under the Pacific Ocean floor are a long way from being extracted.

In a company statement Havells-Sylvania said: “We would like to reassure customers of our on-going support throughout this time. Price increases are rolled out giving as much lead time as possible, ensuring any impact to our clients’ business is minimised. We will continue to review the REE availability situation and adjust the price of fluorescent lamps and fixtures accordingly.”

You can read our report on rare earth shortages here and in the September issue of Lighting.

Recolight takes campaign to the airwaves

Recolight takes campaign to the airwaves | News | Lighting.

Recolight chief executive Nigel Harvey will be doing a series of radio interviews on 1 September to spread the word about CFL recycling.

The ‘radio day’ schedule, which has yet to be finalised, will mark the latest stage of the government’s phase out of traditional incandescent lamps and bring the message of recycling CFLs to listeners across the UK.

Commenting on the series of interviews, Nigel Harvey said: “There are approximately 133 million low-energy light bulbs currently in use in homes across the UK, and this is set to increase significantly with the phase out of the 60W incandescent. However, research shows that only 18 per cent of the British public know that they need to recycle them when they reach end of life.

“This activity is part of our on-going commitment to raising awareness of the importance of lamp recycling, and alerting people to the hundreds of facilities we have put in place across the country to make it as easy and convenient as possible for people to do so.”

Recolight has partnered with local authorities and retailers, including Homebase, Sainsbury’s and Robert Dyas to provide over 750 CFL recycling points across the country.

Since July 2007, Recolight has funded the recycling of more than 100 million Gas Discharge Lamps (GDLs), representing more than a third of a tonne of mercury which would otherwise have entered landfill.

Cooper Lighting and Safety certified under new scheme

Cooper Lighting and Safety certified under new scheme | News | Lighting.

Cooper Lighting and Safety has become the first emergency lighting manufacturer to gain certification under the new BAFE SP203-4 scheme.

Launched by British Approvals for Fire Equipment (BAFE) in March 2011, the scheme provides independent confirmation that a supplier is competent to design, commission and maintain an emergency lighting system.

To satisfy BAFE’s requirements for SP203-4 certification, Cooper Lighting and Safety was assessed on the effectiveness of its quality management system and the competence of its technical staff.

Martin Mullin, managing director of Cooper Lighting and Safety, said: “When customers use a BAFE-registered supplier such as Cooper Lighting and Safety, they know that all work will be carried out in accordance with current emergency lighting standards. It also gives them peace of mind that they have complied with their legal responsibilities and taken every reasonable step to ensure the safety of the building’s occupants.”


Has the 60W GLS met its match?

Has the 60W GLS met its match? | Hardware | Lighting.

LED replacements for incandescent lamps are not new – they’ve been around for a few years – but Cree reckons users will find the light from its TrueWhite Light indistinguishable from that of a 60W GLS. Richard Simmonds investigates

Announcing a new technology with the line “thank you Mr Edison, we’ll take it from here” might sound like the height of hubris. But when the claim comes from an LED manufacturer of Cree’s pedigree, people may be less willing to dismiss what they have to say.

Cree made its bold claim as it demonstrated a prototype LED retrofit lamp, TrueWhite Light, that it says is the closest equivalent to a standard 60W GLS lamp yet devised.

Uniquely, it says, it has been designed to meet US Energy Star requirements for products equivalent to 60W lamps.

“This is a significant milestone for the industry,” says Chuck Swoboda, Cree’s chairman and chief executive officer. “In the race to commercialise low-cost, energy-efficient LED bulbs, the industry has forgotten that LED lighting is supposed to look as good as the technology it is replacing. This is the first no-compromise replacement for a 60W incandescent bulb.”

Facts and


The prototype lamp that Cree demonstrated last month has an output of 800 lumens. Input power is less than 10W, colour temperature is 27ooK and its colour rendering index is greater than 90. It can also be dimmed to 5 per cent of full output. Fins around the base cool the lamp. Cree’s vice-president of technology, Rob Glass, says: “This is the first standard LED A-lamp that combines high output with very high efficiency, in a small form factor, without the additional cost and complexity of active cooling or other design compromises.”

“The industry has forgotten that LED lighting is supposed to look as good as the technology it is replacing” Chuck Swoboda, Cree

However, there are several other products on the market that appear to measure up to TrueWhite Light. Philips introduced its first LED retrofit lamp at Light + Building in April 2008, and last year launched its 12W EnduraLED lamp at Lightfair International. It too was designed to replace the 60W incandescent. Osram Sylvania was also at Lightfair, and unveiled a 60W replacement lamp in the form of the Sylvania Ultra LED lamp, which president and CEO Rick Leaman described as “the first 60W replacement on the market to offer energy savings without compromise”.

Form and function

So what is it that Cree has done that Philips, Osram and others like them have not?

According to Greg Merritt, vice-president of corporate marketing: “It is important to bring high-quality standard LED bulbs to market – those that look, feel and perform as well as, or better than the technologies they are replacing.”

Cree says that no commercially available LED A-lamps meet the Energy Star performance criteria for 60W standard replacement lamps “at this level of efficiency and light quality”. A specific requirement is for lumen maintenance to L70 after 25,000 hours – that is, lumen output should be 70 per cent after that time.

Testing, testing

The jury is still out on TrueWhite Light’s lumen maintenance performance. Cree has submitted a TrueWhite Light prototype to a third-party laboratory for testing, and the company is confident it will pass with flying colours.

“This demonstration lamp can meet Energy Star criteria for standard 60W LED replacement bulbs,” says Merritt.

Another area where Cree may be pulling ahead of the pack is in TrueWhite Light’s photometric characteristics.

The prototype’s light engine, optics and patented remote phosphor technology are designed to create a uniform photometric distribution between 0 and 135 degrees – an omni-directional light pattern which is similar to that of an incandescent lamp.

Solid foundations

So TrueWhite Light has solid technical foundations, but what is its business aim? Merritt says: “The purpose of the TrueWhite Light is to demonstrate the kind of A-lamp performance possible using currently available technology. It is a prototype and a technology demonstration.”

However, he adds: “We haven’t made any decisions as to if, how or when to bring this prototype or the underlying technology to market.” The company would not be drawn on whether it would start manufacturing LED retrofit lamps, or license its technology to others.

Cree revealed TrueWhite Light on the 131st anniversary of the date Thomas Edison was granted a US patent for his incandescent lamp, proclaiming: “Today’s LED lighting revolution heralds the demise of Edison’s 1880, horse-and-buggy-era invention.”

We’ll have a clearer idea of what Cree has achieved when the third-party test results are published, but the company remains confident that it has devised the best LED-based replacement for one of the most popular incandescent light sources.


This cutaway shows the guts of the prototype TrueWhite Light that Cree demonstrated last month. The light engine is based on Cree XLamp LEDs, and the appearance of remote phosphor technology is no surprise.

Cree holds more than a dozen remote phosphor patents.

1 Diffuser globe

2 Cree LED light engine

3 Heatsink for passive cooling

4 Remote phosphor globe

5 Dimmable power supply and drive circuit

6 Standard E26 lamp base

Philips wins L Prize for 60W-replacement LED lamp

LEDs Magazine – Philips wins L Prize for 60W-replacement LED lamp.

    Philips wins L Prize for 60W-replacement LED lamp
     03 Aug 2011
    Philips Lighting North America has won the 60W-replacement LED lamp category of the US Department of Energy’s

L Prize competition.

Philips wins L Prize for 60W-replacement LED lamp
Philips LED lamp: on

Philips Lighting North America has announced that it has won the US Department of Energy’s 60-watt replacement bulb category of the Bright Tomorrow Lighting Prize (L Prize) competition (view press release).Samples of the Philips 10-watt LED lamp were submitted in 2009 and have completed 18 months of field, lab and product testing. Performance requirements included an output in excess of 900 lm, and a useful lifetime of more than 25,000 hours.

Philips wins L Prize for 60W-replacement LED lamp
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Philips says that it will receive $10 million as a cash prize, and will also participate in L Prize partner programs and incentives.

Philips also says that the lamp “could arrive in stores as soon as early 2012.”

A more in-depth version of this story will be posted on the LEDs Magazine website very shortly.