About Philips Lighting

Philips Lighting is a global market leader with recognized expertise in the development, manufacture and application of innovative, energy-efficient lighting products, systems and services that improve people’s lives. We have pioneered many of the key breakthroughs in lighting over the past 124 years, laying the basis for our current strength and leading position in the digital transformation.

We have a firm strategy which is based upon four pillars:

  • Lead the technological revolution – strengthening our leadership position through continued innovation in high-quality, energy-efficient and connected LED systems.
  • Win in the consumer market – meeting consumers’ needs by building on our strength in lighting to deliver high-quality LED lamps and luminaires. We are pioneering and shaping the market with innovative products, such as the Hue connected home lighting system that can be controlled by a smartphone or tablet. In addition, we are expanding new channels to market including online, retailers in food and consumer electronics, and children’s retail.
  • Drive innovation in professional lighting systems and services – providing integrated offerings for this market, which has been an early adopter of energy-efficient LED and now connected lighting technologies.
  • Accelerate! – We have entered the next phase and will transition into a separate legal structure to further our position as a world-class provider of lighting solutions. We aim to fuel growth by strengthening our capabilities and simplifying our organizational structure to become faster and more agile.

We aim to further invest in LED leadership while at the same time capitalizing on our broad portfolio, distribution and brand in conventional lighting by flexibly anticipating and managing the phase-out of conventional products.  

We address people’s lighting needs across a full range of market segments. Indoors, we offer lighting solutions for homes, shops, offices, schools, hotels, factories and hospitals. Outdoors, we offer solutions for roads, streets, public spaces, residential areas and sports arenas, as well as solar-powered LED off-grid lighting. In addition, we address the desire for light-inspired experiences through architectural projects. Finally, we offer specific applications of lighting in specialized areas, such as horticulture and water purification.

In 2014, Philips Lighting spanned the entire lighting value chain – from light sources, luminaires, electronics and controls to application-specific systems and services – through the following businesses:

  • Light Sources & Electronics: LED, eco-halogen, (compact) fluorescent, high-intensity discharge and incandescent light sources, plus electronic and electromagnetic gear, modules and drivers
  • Consumer Luminaires: functional, decorative, lifestyle, scene-setting luminaires
  • Professional Lighting Solutions: controls and luminaires for city beautification, road lighting, sports lighting, office lighting, shop/hospitality lighting, industry lighting
  • Automotive Lighting: car headlights and signaling*
  • Lumileds: packaged LEDs*

* On June 30, 2014, Philips announced the start of the process to combine the Lumileds and Automotive Lighting businesses into a stand-alone company and explore strategic options to attract capital from third-party investors for this combined business. The results of the combined Lumileds/Automotive Lighting components business are reported as discontinued operations.

Philips Lighting
Total sales by business as a %
59Light Sources & Electronics6Consumer Luminaires35Professional Lighting Solutions

The Light Sources & Electronics business conducts its sales and marketing activities through the professional, OEM and consumer channels, the latter also being used by our Consumer Luminaires business. Professional Lighting Solutions is organized in a trade business (commodity products) and a project solutions business (project luminaires, systems and services).

The conventional lamps industry is highly consolidated, with GE and Osram as established key competitors. The LED lighting market, on the other hand, is very dynamic. We face new competition from Asia and new players from the semiconductor and building management sectors. The luminaires industry is fragmented, with our competition varying per region and per market segment.

Under normal economic conditions, Lighting’s sales are generally not materially affected by seasonality.

Philips Lighting has manufacturing facilities in some 25 countries in all major regions of the world, and sales organizations in more than 60 countries. Commercial activities in other countries are handled via distributors working with our International Sales organization. Lighting has approximately 37,800 employees worldwide.

Regulatory requirements

Lighting is subject to significant regulatory requirements in the markets where it operates. These include the European Union’s Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS), Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), Energy-using Products (EuP) and Energy Performance of Buildings (EPBD) directives.


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The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive) is the European Community directive on waste electrical and electronic equipment which became European Law in February 2003, setting collection, recycling and recovery targets for all types of electrical goods. The directive imposes the responsibility for the disposal of waste electrical and electronic equipment on the manufacturers of such equipment.

The RoHS Directive prohibits all new electrical and electronic equipment placed on the market in the European Economic Area from containing lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, poly-brominated biphenyls (PBB) or polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE), except in certain specific applications, in concentrations greater than the values decided by the European Commission. These values have been established as 0.01% by weight per homogeneous material for cadmium and 0.1% for the other five substances.

An energy-using product is a product that uses, generates, transfers or measures energy (electricity, gas, fossil fuel). Examples are boilers, computers, televisions, transformers, industrial fans, industrial furnaces etc.