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—which includes incandescent bulbs, CFLs, fluorescent tubes, and parts and components—has been in a steady decline for several years as LEDs rose from 1.5 percent of the market in 2011 to more than 27 percent in 2016. Contractors are starting to install the new LED technologies as people are willing to pay the higher up front costs to have a more energy efficient, durable product in their home.

Due to this switch to LED technologies, manufacturing opportunities in the energy-efficient lighting fixtures and components sector are growing. Like the United States, many countries have banned the use of incandescent fixtures. Europe is in the process of banning halogen fixtures by 2018. 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 have the ability to 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 56.5 percent 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 items exclusively manufactured overseas, which makes it difficult to increase U.S. content.

Solid state 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, those that are custom, niche or higher-end tend to have more U.S. content and assembly versus 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. One company currently manufactures two high-end residential and architectural brands that are U.S. manufactured with 65 percent domestic content. So, the domestic supply chain does exist, but it is cost prohibitive when it comes to making affordable products. 

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Company Location
Saturn Electronics Romulus, Michigan
Scott Lamp Company Fairfield, California
Seastrom Manufacturing Twin Falls, Idaho
Security Lighting Systems Buffalo Grove, Illinois
Selux Corporation Highland, New York
ShinEtsu MicroSi Inc. Phoenix, Arizona
ShinEtsu Silicones of America Inc. Akron, Ohio
Signtex Lighting Grasonville, Maryland
Silver Spark Lighting Richardson, Texas
Simkar Corporation Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sinclair Glass Hartford City, Indiana
Sinnott Industries Inc. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Skol Manufacturing Company Chicago, Illinois
SORAA AMERICAS Fremont, California
St. James Lighting North Columbia, Mississippi
StarTek Lighting America Gurnee, Illinois
Stone Lighting Flossmoor, Illinois
Stone Lighting Broomfield, Colorado
Studio Dunn Rumford, Rhode Island
Superior Metal Spinning Santa Fe Springs, California
Swivelier Blauvelt, New York
Synapse Wireless Huntsville, Alabama
TE Connectivity Berwyn, Pennsylvania
TE Connectivity Jonestown, Pennsylvania
TechnoTronix Anaheim, California
TEKA Illumination Madera, California
Tempo LLC Irvine, California
Texas Fluorescents and LED Carrolton, Texas
Thomas & Betts Jonesboro, Arkansas
Thomas & Betts Portland, Tennessee
Thomas & Betts Southaven, Mississippi
Thomas & Betts Hackettstown, New Jersey
Thomas & Betts Memphis, Tennessee
Thomas & Betts Albuquerque, New Mexico
Thomas Research Products Elgin, Illinois
Titan LED Inc. Simi Valley, California
TPR Enterprises Ltd. Mamaroneck, New York
Trinseo Berwyn, Pennsylvania
Trinseo Dalton, Georgia
UbiQD Los Alamos, New Mexico
UNIROYAL Optoelectronics Tampa, Florida
US Lighting Group Eastlake, Ohio
USAI Lighting New Windsor, New York
Valen Light Austin, Texas
Vision 3 Lighting Fowler, California
Vista Professional Outdoor Lighting Simi Valley, California
Voigt Lighting Garfield, New Jersey
W.R. Kershaw Inc. Ormond Beach, Florida
WAC Lighting Ontario, California
WAC Lighting Lithia Springs, Georgia