July 23, 2022
5 Things to Know: Week Ending July 30
Acuity Brands consolidates lighting controls brands – and here are some noteworthy trade show conflicts
Here's a roundup of some of the week's happenings curated to help lighting people stay informed.
1. Acuity Brands’ brands
Acuity Brands has recently consolidated many of its lighting controls brands and has removed LC&D, ROAM, Synergy & Xpoint Wireless from their list of brands. Many Acuity Brands lighting agents have followed suit and removed the four lines from their line cards.
Mark Lane, Acuity Brands' Director of Product Market for nLight, explained that the "consolidation of a number of Acuity Brands’ controls brands has been taking place over the past several years as we have integrated their key functionalities into our nLight® controls platform (wired and wireless). For customers (and agents), this technology transition into nLight has simplified our controls offering to a feature-rich and robust platform that is easy to specify, install and use, and is part of a broad controls offering for Acuity Brands (including SensorSwitch and DTL)."
2. Lighting Events: Conflicts. Conflicts?
LEDucation has announced its 2024 event dates – happening in March 19-20, 2024.
In 2024, the world's largest lighting event, Light + Building, will once again take place in Germany during its usual slot in March, but show organizers informed us that they "will not publish the exact date until the end of the Light + Building Autumn Edition from 2 to 6 October 2022."
This year, Light + Building’s Autumn Edition is scheduled to start the day after IALD Enlighten Americas wraps up in California.
Next year, LightFair 2023 is happening in New York City at the same time National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) hosts its 2023 National Meeting in Florida.
3. Another Signify Patent Lawsuit
Signify has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against EGLO, an Austrian-based maker of decorative lighting products that are sold in North America through retail channels and some residential and commercial lighting agents.
Another popular lighting news website wrote a recent headline about the Signify vs. EGLO lawsuit being the third patent lawsuit that Signify has filed in the last 3 months, but failed to point out the other two lawsuits. We shared those with you when they happened – and they were actually filed in a 2-month window. More details below:
Lawsuit #2: Signify Sues Philips Hue Competitor, Govee
Lawsuit #3: See the Signify vs. EGLO Complaint
4. VIDEOS: Sea Turtles & lighting continue to make TV news in Florida
New amber lighting installed to help sea turtles
52 sea turtles rescued after getting stranded in a driveway, pool, storm drain and other places.
5. Semiconductor Industry Association urges President Biden to sign bill into law
The CHIPS Act of 2022 (H.R. 4346), legislation that would provide $52 billion for semiconductor manufacturing incentives and research investments, as well as an investment tax credit for semiconductor manufacturing, has made it through Congress. Here's what the SIA is saying now: