Eileen Eaton from the Consortium for Energy Efficiency  (CEE), which sponsors Lighting for Tomorrow along with the American Lighting Association  (ALA) and Underwriters Laboratories  (UL), says the new category was a necessary addition to the 2012 competition.
“One of the reasons we included it is we started to see some of those products in last year’s competition, and they’re kind of a cross between a fixture and a replacement lamp,” Eaton says. “As we started to see more of these products emerge on the market, we want to recognize them.”
Eaton says she expects entries in this category to be primarily recessed can applications. Other categories include solid-state lighting fixtures and replacement lamps (which first appeared in the competition in 2006), as well as lighting controls (which were first included in 2009). For a complete list of the 2011 winners, click here .
The deadline for entries is April 20, 2012, and winners will be announced at the ALA Annual Conference , Sept 9-11, 2012, in Scottsdale, AZ. Complete guidelines are available at www.lightingfortomorrow.com .