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 122 years, laying the basis for our current strength and ensuring we are well-placed to be a leader in the digital transformation.

We have a firm strategy in place to deliver even greater value for our customers. This strategy is based upon four pillars:

  • Lead the technological revolution – strengthen our leadership position through continued innovation in high-quality, efficient and connected LED systems.
  • Win in the consumer market – build on our strengths in lamps by meeting consumers’ needs and delivering innovative products, such as the Hue personal wireless lighting system that can be controlled by a smart phone or tablet. At the same time we are addressing costs so that consumers can quickly enjoy the advantages of new LED innovations in lamps, luminaires and systems. In addition, we are developing new channels to market.
  • Drive innovation in professional lighting systems and services – providing integrated offerings for this market, which is an early adopter of energy-efficient LED and now intelligent connected lighting technologies.
  • Accelerate! – strengthen our capabilities and improve the way we work so that we reduce our costs, are more productive, and fully satisfy our customers’ expectations.

We aim to further strengthen our position in the digital market through added investment in LED leadership while at the same time capitalizing on our broad portfolio, distribution and brand in conventional lighting - seizing the significant opportunity to grow market share and optimize profits in conventional lamps and drivers by flexibly anticipating the slower or faster 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 (street lighting and car lights) and for 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.

Philips Lighting spans 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

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). Automotive Lighting is organized in two businesses: OEM and Aftermarket.

The conventional lamps industry is highly consolidated, with GE and Osram as 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 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 46,900 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.

This is an interactive electronic version of the Philips Annual Report 2013 and also contains certain information in summarized form. The contents of this version are qualified in their entirety by reference to the printed version of the full Philips Annual Report 2013. This printed version is available as a PDF file on this website. Information about: forward-looking statements, third-party market share data, fair value information, IFRS basis of presentation, use of non-GAAP information, statutory financial statements and management report, reclassifications and analysis of 2013 compared to 2012.

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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.