Aria from American Fluorescent
This year, competition veteran American Fluorescent tied with Lithonia Lighting for most LFT 2006 wins. One of American Fluorescent's five victorious designs, sleek, sophisticated Aria is available as a three-drop pendant, sconce, pendant and bath bar.
Carlisle & Grace from Sea Gull Lighting
Despite its seasoned support of the Energy Star program, Sea Gull Lighting’s LFT 2006 win is its first. Well worth the wait, the company’s prized Carlisle & Grace family features a 120V rail in addition to a transitionally minded pendant (shown) and sconce.
Neo-Steele from Lithonia Lighting
After taking first prize for indoor fixture families last year, Lithonia Lighting kept the pressure on, finishing with five winning designs in this year’s contest. Neo-Steele represents the best of the company’s no-nonsense, contemporary style with a surface mount, pot rack, vanity and over-cabinet fixture.
San Miguel from Good Earth Lighting
James Agne of Good Earth Lighting makes it his responsibility as lighting designer to incorporate ever-advancing energy-efficient technology into his work. His prize-winning lighting family, San Miguel, employs more than a few of these discoveries, such as the GU24 bi-pin self-ballasted lamp and the dimmer. Despite plenty of substance, the San Miguel sconce, pendant, torchiere and floor, desk and table lamps pair cherry wood and steel for superlative style.
Sanctuary from Hunter Lighting Group
Hunter Lighting Product Manager Mike Allen admits that one of the challenges of designing energy-efficient product is creating a fresh look that also works with the fluorescent lamp. Sanctuary meets that criteria head on. The Mission-style fixture family, which includes a chandelier, sconce, pendant, bath bar, semi-flush mount and island light, is just the beginning of a long line of innovative, stylish, energy-wise products Hunter plans to introduce in the near future.
Olympia from Kichler Lighting
Customer-nominated Olympia was a surprise win for Kichler, which entered the family after choosing several of its outdoor fixtures for consideration in LFT 2006’s outdoor category. Comprising a pendant, surface mount and island light, Olympia was designed to complement a similar style of incandescent products offered by the company.
Xena from Deancoins
Aside from the energy-saving factor, compact fluorescents’ low operating temperature gives product designers the freedom to experiment with more kinds of materials, according to Deancoins designer Barry Lai. Lai’s Xena family, unofficially dubbed “Tube,” is mostly made from recycled and reused plastic tubing and features a pendant, sconce and floor and table lamps.
Lighting for Tomorrow is organized by the American Lighting Assn., the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Consortium for Energy Efficiency.