Smart home firm Savant acquires GE Lighting

  • June 9, 2020
  • Steve Rogerson

Massachusetts-based smart home company Savant Systems is buying GE Lighting. Financial details were not disclosed.
“Savant’s mission from the start has been to create the number one smart home brand in the world, and I am confident that the acquisition of GE Lighting has moved us significantly toward that ultimate goal,” said Savant founder and CEO Robert Madonna. “We are committed to ensuring that GE Lighting’s long history of industry leadership continues, while bringing exceptional value and reliability to retail partners and consumers as the number one intelligent lighting company worldwide. Never before has connectivity, security, intelligent lighting and entertainment, all enjoyed within the comforts of home, been more top of mind with consumers.”
For nearly 130 years, GE Lighting has been at the forefront of major lighting innovation, from the dawn of incandescent bulbs to industry-first LED and smart devices along with the world’s first voice-embedded lighting product. Today, GE Lighting’s portfolio includes home lighting and smart home products. GE Lighting will remain headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, and its more than 700 employees will transfer to Savant upon completion of the transaction.
“This transaction is another important step in the transformation of GE into a more focused industrial company,” said GE chairman and CEO Lawrence Culp Junior. “Our GE Lighting colleagues will join a fast-growing leader in home automation that shares their passion for bringing the future to light. Together with Savant, GE Lighting will continue its legacy of innovation, while we at GE will continue to advance the infrastructure technologies that are core to our company and draw on the roots of our founder, Thomas Edison.”
The proposed transaction will bring together this legacy and expertise with Savant’s smart home products and culture of innovation, creating a union of trusted and recognisable premium brands in the lighting and connected home technology markets.
Savant, with products that span lighting, security, climate, whole-house entertainment including smart speakers, energy management and beyond, is one of the fastest-growing smart home companies and is committed to supporting innovation in the lamp space, helping retailers grow point of sale year over year.
While the acquisition of GE Lighting will broaden the market reach of both companies, the Savant brand remains committed to the professional installation channel for the home, and it says it will continue to invest heavily in the development of products and services for this market.
The proposed transaction includes a long-term licensing agreement for use of the GE brand. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close mid-2020.