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
Sartomer Americas Chatham, Virginia
Sartomer Americas Exton, Pennsylvania
Saturn Electronics Romulus, Michigan
Saylite Carrolton, Texas
Saylite Houston, Texas
Scott Lamp Company Fairfield, California
Scott Manufacturing LLC Marshalltown, Iowa
Scott Manufacturing LLC Stuttgart, Arkansas
Scott Manufacturing LLC Sebree, Kentucky
Scott Manufacturing LLC Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Scott Manufacturing LLC Henderson, Kentucky
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
Sparkle Light Manufacturing Corporation Yonkers, New York
Springfield Spring Bristol, Connecticut
Springfield Spring East Longmeadow, Massachusetts
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 Fibers LLC Reedsville, West Virginia
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
The Lighting Division Rochester, New York
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