125 Years of Lighting Experience

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.

Philosophy of Akari

"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.