Winners Announced in Next Generation Luminaires Design Competition
March 01, 2010
Winners of the second annual Next Generation Luminaires™ awards were announced in February, 2010 at the Strategies in Light Conference in Santa Clara, California. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, and the International Association of Lighting Designers, the competition was launched in 2008 to promote excellence in the design of energy-efficient LED luminaires—complete lighting units—for general illumination in commercial lighting applications.
This year, 47 commercial LED lighting products—more than double last year's total—were recognized for excellence. Out of 126 entries, coming from 60 different lighting companies, 43 were chosen as "recognized" winners and four were chosen as "best in class." A panel of 12 judges from the architectural lighting design community evaluated the entries based on performance, appearance, construction, and submitted photometric data. The competition aims to demonstrate the diversity of solid-state lighting (SSL) products ready for specification in the commercial sector.
The best-in-class winners came from four different manufacturers and covered four different areas of lighting:
- Finelite, Inc. for its CURVE task lighting fixture, a portable desk lamp
- SPILIGHTING Inc. for its Stile Styk wall-washing fixture for illuminating white boards and other applications
- GE Lighting Solutions for its Evolve™ LED R150 Roadway luminaire for street/roadway
- Wide-Lite (a Philips group brand) for its VizorLED for parking garages.
Winners in the recognized category represented a wide range of manufacturers and applications, such as accent lighting for ambience, indoor and outdoor specialty lighting, recessed downlights, industrial lighting, street and roadway lighting, outdoor area lighting, and cove lighting, for indirect general lighting. More information on all the winning entries is available at the Next Generation Luminaires Web site.
Design competitions are a key part of DOE's national strategy to accelerate SSL technology advances from laboratory to marketplace. DOE provides federal leadership and support for a wide range of market introduction activities, including technology procurement and demonstrations, commercial product testing, buyer/user guidance, and standards development. For more information about the DOE Solid-State Lighting Portfolio, visit EERE's Solid-State Lighting Web site.