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A Sea Change for LED Lighting Manufacturers

When we first shifted LED Waves manufacturing operations stateside to debut a set of American-made LED PAR lamps back in 2012, we did so with three primary goals:

  1. Lower costs by eliminating middlemen and consolidating operations in-house – accelerating wide-scale adoption of energy-saving LED lights.
  2. Create jobs – especially in the green tech field, particularly for the United States (which was falling behind in this field at the time) and most importantly – for us personally – on a local level here in NYC.
  3. Exercise closer quality control of our in-house exclusives – helping diffuse the discontent some early adopters experienced from poorly made LED products.
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Chicago, Illinois:
The evolution of our LED PAR30 involved adding dimmability and upgrading from 7 LEDs to latest Philips single CoB.

While we figured we were oddities at the time – supplying and manufacturing LED lights in-house in the USA, despite our small company size – we didn’t realize we were on the ground floor of a global sea change in the SSL industry.

China has long dominated our field, handling the intensive process behind the manufacture of all energy efficient lighting – from the glass-blown curvature of CFL bulbs to the board population and highly nuanced assembly of LED replacements – with a seemingly endless supply of cheap labor. Government subsidies made it even harder for American businesses to resist the allure of Chinese manufacturing.

Slowly yet surely, though, China is losing its foothold and manufacturing has shifted back to the United States. Forbes has noted six commonalities among manufacturers affecting this change:

forbes chinese mfgThis does not portend the end of Chinese manufacturing – far from it. Rather, we’re seeing a leveling of the playing field – and on a higher level at that. Healthy competition between LED Waves among other American manufacturers (not to mention other global contenders) breeds higher quality, lower cost LED lights, with more jobs and better employee satisfaction. And remember, that’s what drove our decision to manufacture LED lights in the USA.

2013 Holiday Hours at LED Waves HQ

With the holidays upon us, our staff is busy attending not only to your orders here at LED Waves HQ, but also to family matters for the holidays. Please note our holiday schedule for the next few weeks:

2013 holiday hours
All hours reflect Eastern Standard Time.


As this is our final normal week of business (well, as normal as the LED industry gets, amirite?!) this year, now is the perfect time to call 1(800)986-0169 and:

  • Request that any order be rushed before 2014
  • Get status on back orders/custom jobs/any open action items
  • Get quantity pricing and availability for our LED lights
  • Place orders requiring customization/other special attention

Though some of us will be here to help you out, please expect some delays as we operate with fewer hands on board. Thank you for your patience and patronage during this busy season. Happy holidays!

Help LED Waves Reach Our Goal for a Small Business Grant

LED Waves Mission Main Street Small Business

We’re applying for a small business grant with the Chase Mission Main Street program to help improve and expand our LED light manufacturing operations, as well as our American workforce. You can help us qualify by voting for LED Waves here.

If the link doesn’t work, copy and paste the following URL into your browser:

You must be logged into your Facebook account, but don’t worry; your personal information will not be saved. You can vote for as many entries as you want, so if you’re a fellow small business in the running, let us know which numbered vote you gave us, and we’d be happy to return the favor.

LED Waves needs 250 votes by Friday, November 15th to qualify for this much-needed boost. Thanks for your continuing support for American manufacturing, green LED lighting technology, and small businesses everywhere!

NECA2013 + Last Day of LED Recessed Sale

Columbus, Shmolumbus; LED Waves is working this holiday, and we’re making it count with two special announcements.

First, we’re exhibiting at the National Electrical Contractors Association Show at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. If you’re a member in the area, stop by LED Waves booth 716 to meet our CEO Joel, and check out our newest indoor and outdoor LED lighting products. This is our first time at NECA, so show us some love!

Waves of Savings.Midtown LED Recessed sale thru Oct 14Announcement #2 is for everyone: Today is the last day to get 20% off the Midtown™ LED Recessed Light! It looks like people were waiting for the Waves of Savings sale on this particular item, because they have been flying off the shelves. Everyone from electricians to end users loves the Midtown because it’s compact yet powerful (9W equivalent to a 50W halogen downlight), dimmable, stylish, and – since it’s made in the USA with Cree XT-E LEDs and a 5 year warranty – unmatched in value.

Don’t miss out on this offer – get 20% off the Midtown 2.0 and 2.1 LED Recessed Light with coupon code WAVES today!

Labor Day Sale – Last Day!

Labor Day 2013 LED lighting sale Last DayLED Waves is happy to be back in the office with time to spare on our blowout Labor Day Sale! Don’t miss your last chance to take advantage of free shipping on orders over $150 and 20% off select LED lights made in the USA.

Check out our Labor Day Sale section for free shipping terms and applicable discounted items. For special orders or technical questions, you can always call us at 1(800)986-0169. Or use our new & improved live chat feature! Click on the bottom right corner of any page at to speak with a friendly, knowledgeable LED specialist.

On behalf of everyone here at LED Waves, we hope you had a wonderful Labor Day. We thank you for supporting our hardworking team, and for helping us save the planet, one (American-made) bulb at a time!

Labor Day Weekend: Holiday Sale, Hours

Please be advised that the staff of LED Waves will be out of the office on Monday, September 2nd, 2013 in observance of Labor Day. Our free shipping offer and 20% sale on LED lights made in the USA will run online through the holiday weekend.

Our LED specialists are available until 4pm EST today. Call 1(800)986-0169 for quantity pricing, special orders, or to schedule a visit to our lighting showroom.

We will be back at 9am EST on Tuesday, September 3rd, to close out our Labor Day sale and resume serving our valued customers. Thanks for shopping with LED Waves – your purchases support not only our LED lamp manufacturing operations in the USA, but also our country’s workforce, and its standing in the global green tech industry.

We hope you have a safe, wonderful Labor Day weekend!

I Don’t Know Why You Say Goodbye, I Say Holonyak

image via Wikipedia Commons

Last month saw the retirement of the man credited as the inventor of LED light. Nick Holonyak hung his teaching hat at the University of Illinois on July 31st, though colleagues say the 84-year old will likely continue his research in the solid state lighting field.

“I don’t believe his mind will ever stop thinking about advances in micro or nano-electronics, and how he can help solve problems the world will face not tomorrow, but in 50 years,” contends Andreas Cangellaris, department head of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois.

Holonyak was honored last fall, in a celebration that coincided with the 50th anniversary of his discovery of the light-emitting diode. (Read about his contributions in this history of LED technology.) Though colleagues feel he deserves the Nobel Prize for his invention of the LED, Holonyak says, “It’s ridiculous to think that somebody owes you something. We’re lucky to be alive, when it comes down to it.”

The entire staff of LED Waves extends our deepest gratitude to Nick Holonyak – for his help making the world a better-lit, less wasteful place, and for our jobs in this field of truly disruptive technology. We wish him years of continued LED enlightenment in this next chapter of life.

via Central Illinois News-Gazette

LED Waves in Boston for NEBFM13

LED Waves is pleased to be back in Boston for the Northeast Buildings & Facilities Management Show & Conference. Today and tomorrow, we’ll be presenting exciting new LED lights for facility managers and other building professionals at Booth 611, Hall B-2 of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

In addition to the latest developments in solid state lighting – including a powerful outdoor LED wall pack that isn’t on our site yet (pending LM-79 reports) – we’re also unveiling a new member of the LED Waves team. Meet Taimur!

Taimur‘s name is pronounced, “timer.” We think he’s pretty neat so far. We hope Boston is showing him the time(r) of his life!

Happy Entrepreneurship Day from LED Waves!

By Presidential Proclamation, November 2012 is National Entrepreneurship Month, and today specifically we celebrate the spirit of innovation that has fueled over two centuries of progress in the USA. CEO Joel Slavis saw the potential in LED lights early on, which is why he changed direction with the family’s primarily halogen-based lighting company.

Since then LED Waves has developed new energy saving products, pushing and applying the latest advances in technology. (See: Our highly efficient LED flood light bulbs made in the USA.) Our staff is immensely grateful to be working in this industry, especially in this economic climate, and for this we have Joel’s vision and entrepreneurial spirit to thank.

(We also thank the entrepreneur of the company that made this shirt.)

LED Waves would also like to thank and honor the fellow small businesses that make up our network of customers, and all forward-thinkers that promise to drive our country for years to come. Happy Entrepreneurship Day!

LED Waves Back in Action

All of us at LED Waves would like to thank you – our valued customers and business partners – for your support in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Your patience, your business, and your words of encouragement boosted our spirits as we recovered from the week of and communications and sales that we lost.

We are happy to report that operations are pretty much back to normal – just in time for a busy week of exhibitions! Starting tomorrow, LED Waves is presenting at the following trade shows:

The International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show: Booth 3125
November 10-13 – New York City, NY – Javits Center

Greenbuild Expo: 3608N
November 14-15 – San Francisco, CA – Moscone Center

Say hi to our LED Specialists, see the most advanced LED lights fresh off our production line, and get answers to your pressing questions about our technology and our business.

If you’re in the San Francisco area and would like to attend, LED Waves is offering free passes to the Greenbuild Expo Hall on a first come, first serve basis. Write to (subject line: GREENBUILD) to get your free registration.

Once again, we thank you for sticking with us through the storm, and we look forward to working with you soon.