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
Pixelligent Baltimore, Maryland
Plaskolite Inc. Columbus, Ohio
Plaskolite Inc. Grand Saline, Texas
Plaskolite Inc. Compton, California
Plaskolite Inc. Olive Branch, Mississippi
Plaskolite Inc. Zanesville, Ohio
Plaskolite Inc. Sheffield, Massachusetts
PLC-Multipoint Inc. Everett, Washington
PolyBrite International Inc. Shorewood, Illinois
Polymer Products Rochester, New York
Porex Corporation Fairburn, Georgia
Precision-Paragon (P-2) Gainesville, Florida
Precision-Paragon (P-2) Hudson, Wisconsin
Precision-Paragon (P-2) Yorba Linda, California
Prescolite Lighting El Dorado, Arkansas
Prescolite Lighting El Dorado, Arkansas
Prima Lighting Corporation Santa Fe Springs, California
Primelite Manufacturing Freeport, New York
Proto Labs Inc. Cary, North Carolina
Proto Labs Inc. Maple Plain, Minnesota
Proto Labs Inc. Plymouth, Minnesota
Proto Labs Inc. Rosemount, Minnesota
Prudential Lighting Corporation Los Angeles, California
Q-Tran LED Milford, Connecticut
QSSI Lighting & Electrical Products Group Tampa, Florida
R & R Plastics Passaic, New Jersey
RedBirdLED Atlanta, Georgia
Reeves Extruded Products Inc. Arvin, California
Reflective Concepts Inc. Kenosha, Wisconsin
Res Manufacturing Company Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Revolution Lighting Stamford, Connecticut
Revolution Lighting Oxford, Michigan
Rio Tinto Borates Boron, California
RLR Industries Inc. Mableton, Georgia
Robertson Worldwide Blue Island, Illinois
Rolite Manufacturing Inc. Lancaster, New York
Roller Die and Forming Rossville, Georgia
Roller Die and Forming Louisville, Kentucky
Rotuba Linden, New Jersey
RPM Tronics Carrollton, Texas
SABIC Innovative Plastics LLC Selkirk, New York
SABIC Innovative Plastics LLC Burkville, Alabama
SABIC Innovative Plastics LLC Ottawa, Illinois
SABIC Innovative Plastics LLC Mount Vernon, Indiana
SABIC Innovative Plastics LLC Houston, Texas
SABIC Innovative Plastics LLC Bay St. Louis, Mississippi
SAPA Extrusions North America Portland, Oregon
SAPA North America The Dalles, Oregon
SAPA North America Rosemont, Illinois
Sartomer Americas Exton, Pennsylvania