Winners of the 2011 Lighting for Tomorrow Competition (pictured) were announced at a breakfast meeting on the last day of the American Lighting Assn. (ALA) Conference at the Breakers in Palm Beach, FL, on Sept. 13. The awards, which recognize the best designed and most energy efficient residential lighting products, are sponsored by the ALA, the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
Over 50 products were entered in this year’s competition, which including solid-state lighting (SSL) replacement lamps and lighting controls for the second year in a row. The entries were evaluated at the UL University facility in Research Triangle Park, NC, in June, and judges chose a total of eight winners and five honorable mentions. Osram Sylvania won the most awards with four total (three replacement lamps and one fixture), followed by Cree and Lutron, each with two.
Out of the 22 companies that entered the Solid-State Lighting Fixtures category, eight were recognized. Designers Fountain received an award for its simple and modern Aero 4-Head Fixed Track, Holtkötter won for its innovative Bernie Chairside Reading Lamp with a sophisticated dimming system, and Lithonia Lighting was recognized for its Outdoor LED Versatile Area/Wall Light with a special dusk-to-dawn setting that turns the light on at dusk and off at dawn. Three high-performing recessed downlights also made the cut: Cooper Lighting’s H4 LED 4-inch adjustable gimbal series, Osram Sylvania’s ULTRA RT4 recessed downlight and Cree’s CR4 downlight.
In the Solid-State Lighting Replacement Lamps category, Osram Sylvanis was named the winner for its ULTRA A19 Lamp. There were also three honorable mentions in this category, including Cree’s LRP38, Osram Sylvania’s ULTRA PAR38 and Osram Sylvania’s ULTRA B10.
Both entries in the Lighting Control Devices category received recognition. Lutron won for its Diva C∙L Dimmer and also received an honorable mention for its RadioRA 2 Phase-Adaptive Dimmer.
For a more in-depth look at each of the winning products, including an insider’s perspective on the judging from Lighting for Tomorrow judge and Residential Lighting Publisher and Editorial Director Laura Van Zeyl, be sure to check out the exclusive story in Residential Lighting’s September issue.
In addition to Van Zeyl, this year’s judges included Mary Ann Kelley from Platinum Lighting Concepts in Cranberry Township, PA; Bjarne Pedersen from Architectural Lighting Design in Toronto, ON; Chad Ray from Olde Heritage Builders; Steven Mesh from Pacific Gas & Electric Co.; Robert Henderson from Progress Energy; Erik Page from Erik Page & Associates; Kathryn M. Conway from LED Consulting; and Tanya Hernandez from UL.
The 2012 Lighting for Tomorrow competition will kick off at January’s Dallas Intl. Lighting Market, and ALA’s Director of Engineering and Technology Terry McGowan says organizers are exploring the possibility of adding another category for lighting products that cater to senior citizens.