Sector: Lighting

Market Overview: Lighting is one of the easiest ways to realize energy savings in a retrofit and the push to achieve significant savings through innovation and new lighting technologies is greater than ever. The lighting and bulb market—incandescent bulbs, CFLs, fluorescent tubes, and parts and components—has been steadily declining for several years as LEDs have grown from a small market share to being fully dominant over the last decade. While incandescent lighting is still manufactured domestically, it has been relegated to specialty uses and almost all U.S. manufacturing has disappeared. LEDs are supplanting fluorescent lighting as consumers are willing to pay the higher up-front costs to have a more energy-efficient, flexible, and durable product in their buildings. 

Due to this switch to LED technologies, manufacturing opportunities in the energy-efficient lighting fixtures and components sector are growing. Many countries, including the United States, have banned the use of incandescent fixtures. This provides a significant export opportunity for U.S. manufacturers of LED technologies. In general, innovation and the creation of new products such as "smart lighting systems" (which can analyze data and communicate with each other to adjust lights automatically) will be primary factors for growth in this market.

The energy-efficient lighting market is mixed when it comes to U.S. manufacturing content. Imports will continue to be strong for component electronic parts and low-end consumer LED bulbs. Currently, the majority of U.S. demand for lighting fixtures is met with imports—mostly from China. The lighting sector has a highly dynamic and globalized supply chain with some components exclusively manufactured overseas, making it difficult to increase U.S. content.

LED lighting products used for commercial, architectural, institutional, and other large projects tend to have a higher percentage of U.S. content (both parts and assembly) than those used in residential settings. Of the residential products, custom, niche, or higher-end tend to have more U.S. content and assembly than those found on big box store shelves. High costs like tooling, small profit margins and significant competition make it difficult to manufacture affordable U.S.-made products for the average homeowner or tenant.[vii] [viii]

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Company Location
Brilliance LED Carefree, Arizona
Brownlee Lighting Orlando, Florida
Buhl Electric Fairfield, New Jersey
California Tool & Die Azusa, California
Canfield Coating Company Canfield, Ohio
Carclo Optics Latrobe, Pennsylvania
Carpenter Emergency Lighting Hamilton, New Jersey
Celanese Corporation North Kingstown, Rhode Island
Celanese Corporation Irving, Texas
Celestial Lighting Santa Fe Springs, California
Central Glass Products Inc. Pocola, Oklahoma
Central Semiconductor Corporation Hauppage, New York
Cerno Group Irvine, California
Charles Richter Metalcraft Wallkill, New York
Coloronix Los Angeles, California
Columbia Lighting Bristol, Pennsylvania
Commercial Thermal Solutions Inc. Spring Lake, New Jersey
Con-Tech Lighting Northbrook, Illinois
Concealite Elkton, South Dakota
Contech Lighting Northbrook, Illinois
Cooliance Inc. Warwick, Rhode Island
Cooper Lighting Rialto, California
Covestro LLC South Deerfield, Massachusetts
Covestro LLC Proctor, West Virginia
Covestro LLC Hebron, Ohio
Covestro LLC Baytown, Texas
Covestro LLC Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Covestro LLC Charleston, West Virginia
CPI Inc. High Point, North Carolina
Creative LED Lighting Dania Beach, Florida
Cree Inc. Durham, North Carolina
Crescent Plastics Inc. Evansville, Indiana
Crestron Electronics Rockleigh, New Jersey
Crestron Electronics Cresskill, New Jersey
Crossman Manufacturing Ontario, California
Crystal Lighting Santa Fe Springs, California
Crystorama Lighting Westbury, New York
CSE Product Development Norton Shores, Michigan
Curbell Plastics Orchard Park, New York
Current powered by GE Boston, Massachusetts
Current powered by GE East Flat Rock, North Carolina
Custom Plastics Inc. Elk Grove Village, Illinois
D & W Manufacturing Company Chicago, Illinois
D&W Manufacturing Company Chicago, Illinois
Dauer Manufacturing Medley, Florida
Davis-Lynch Glass Morgantown, West Virginia
Day-O-Lite Manufacturing Warwick, Rhode Island
Dazor Lighting Technology St. Louis, Missouri
DC Alabama Mt. Meigs, Alabama
DDP Engineered LED Solutions El Segundo, California