A few weeks ago, EdisonReport reported that GE will be discontinuing some incumbent lighting technology luminaires, and will no longer be producing any new custom non-LED luminaire configurations starting in 2016. This is not an unexpected event since we all know that LED based lighting is getting more efficient and cost effective on a seemingly monthly basis. From our forecasts in the 2014 luminaire report, we predict that LED luminaire shipments will overtake all other luminaire shipments in 2016, which is the year when GE will be implementing these changes.
From this announcement, it appears that GE has a similar view in the market as us here at Strategies Unlimited and is planning accordingly.
Of course, the total number of luminaire form factors that GE manufactures is huge, so this change is a relatively small percentage of the total. Additionally, not all lighting technologies will be supplanted by LEDs at the same rate, as is the case with fluorescent luminaires being shipped for office applications.
That being said, this action (however small) illustrates to me what the overall attitude the major lighting manufacturers have towards the market. They’ve enjoyed the ride that all the other lighting technologies have taken them on, but it’s time to look at the future and all the new thrills that are bound to accompany it.