GE to Buy LED-Lighting Fixture Maker Albeo Technologies
News from Businessweek:

General Electric Co. (GE)’s lighting unit has agreed to buy closely held Albeo Technologies Inc., a maker of energy efficient light-emitting diode fixtures.

GE Lighting will acquire Boulder, Colorado-based Albeo to add its fixture portfolio and enhance its offerings to its commercial customers, the East Cleveland, Ohio-based unit said today in a statement. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.

Customers want GE-quality LED systems in “as many areas as possible” because “the energy and maintenance savings opportunities are huge,” said Jeff Bisberg, chief executive officer of Albeo in an e-mailed response to questions.

Albeo will better serve customers “moving aggressively toward an all-LED building envelope in new construction and retrofits, including retail, commercial and industrial high-bay applications,” GE Lighting Chief Executive Officer Maryrose Sylvester said in the statement.

The company raised about $ 12.8 million over the last five years from investors Green Spark Ventures LLC, Braemer Energy Ventures and Silicon Valley Bank, Bisberg said.

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100-watt bulb alternatives leaving people in the dark
News from Pittsburgh Post Gazette:

If light bulbs were cars, surely the Utilitech Pro LED 800 lumens light would be a 1958 Buick.

It’s heavy, fussy looking, doesn’t pack much horsepower at 60 watts — and it even has fins.

Still, as energy-guzzling 100-watt incandescent bulbs disappear from local store shelves in the first phase of a federal ban on all such bulbs — passed by Congress during the Bush administration and in effect since January 2012 — light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) are in our future, whether we like it or not.

And some people don’t like it one bit.

“I am stockpiling those bulbs,” said Liz Farley, a Pittsburgh architect and interior designer, who has built up a collection of about 100 boxes of 40- and 60-watt bulbs in her Fox Chapel basement.

“I’m not real happy about this,” added Louis Talotta, a Pittsburgh and Palm Beach-based interior designer, who was startled to discover one of his Squirrel Hill clients had replaced the incandescent bulbs in his lamps with CFLs, distorting the colors of the paintings, the fabrics and the porcelain and turning a delicately lit celadon green room with chinoiserie wallpaper “a dirty, mucky green.”

“I stood in the middle of his living room, and said to myself, ‘What is wrong here?’ and my client told me he’d put in newer, more energy efficient bulbs to save money. I said,…………… continues on Pittsburgh Post Gazette

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