About Toshiba Lighting
Toshiba Corporation, a world leader in technology, is a diversified manufacturer and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products, spanning information and communications equipment/systems, internet-based solutions and services, electronic components and materials, power systems, industrial and social infrastructure systems, and household appliances. The company is the world's 9th largest integrated manufacturer of electric and electronic equipment, with some 161,000 employees worldwide and consolidated annual sales of over US$53 billion.
Toshiba International Corporation (TIC) is a Toshiba America Inc. (TAI) Group Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation. TIC is headquartered in Houston, Texas and employs approximately 1,100 people. TIC provides application solutions to a wide range of industries including industrial, power systems, transmission and distribution systems, and lighting systems.
Toshiba International Corporation's LED Lighting Systems Division provides the highest quality LED lamps, fixtures, and components in the lighting industry. Toshiba's world class electronic and semiconductor technologies, combined with over a century of lighting experience, make Toshiba an emerging world leader in solid-state lighting. Our LED lighting products are mercury free and offer reduced CO2 emissions through energy savings when compared to current lighting solutions.
Ichisuke Fujioka had a dream-the electrification of Japan. In 1884, Ichisuke met Thomas Edison at the World Fair in the United States. The meeting inspired him, and in 1890, Ichisuke established Hakunetsu-sha, Japan's first plant for electric incandescent lamps. Hakunetsu-sha eventually merged with Shibaura Engineering Works, Co. to form what is now modern day Toshiba Corporation. Throughout the twentieth century, Toshiba consistently progressed in its lighting technology and developed many new products, including the double-coil electric bulb, the interior frosted electric bulb, and the bulb-shaped fluorescent lamp. By the turn of the century, environmental concerns had grown to unprecedented levels. In 2007, Toshiba published its Environmental Vision 2050, which defined goals aimed at addressing and improving environmental problems. This initiative, along with the joining of Toshiba's innovative semiconductor and lighting technologies, led to the creation and global expansion of Toshiba's LED lighting product line. Toshiba now offers LED bulbs and fixture lighting globally.
"Akari," a Japanese word literally translated as "light" or "lighting," means so much more to the Japanese culture. The philosophy of akari is a lifestyle-creating a warm, relaxing mood and enhancing people's environment through the use of lighting. This concept dates back to the pre-modern era when lighting was simply candlelight. Akari has been an essential part of life, playing an important role in nurturing culture, tradition, and atmosphere.
As the first company to commercialize light bulbs in Japan over 100 years ago, Toshiba has long contributed to the development of modern "akari" lifestyles in the Japanese culture and is now ready to expand its philosophies and traditions across the world providing optimal lighting solutions to meet the diverse needs of its customers worldwide.
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