Cooper Lighting  recently announced the winners of the 35th annual SOURCE Awards  -- including two residential projects -- on May 8 during Lightfair Intl.  in Las Vegas. The awards recognize excellence in lighting design among projects that utilize Cooper products.
Top honors in the Professional Residential category went to Robert Singer and Associates  of Basalt, CO, for their work on a townhouse in Vail, CO. The design team for the project included Robert Singer, President, and Jason Diaz, Lighting Designer.
Also in the residential category, judges recognized Studio Lux LLC  of Seattle for lighting design done at a private residence in Indian Wells, CA. The design team included Christopher M. Thompson, Principal; James L. Sultan, Senior Lighting Designer and Kimberly D. Taylor, Lighting Designer.
Singer says the Vail project was unique because the townhome was part of a lodge, and therefore had plenty of restrictions.
“It was an existing townhome that was very dated, and the client owned an adjacent townhome and wanted to create the same feel so they would feel like a family compound,” Singer says. “So we had to lift the roof and completely renovate the interior without disturbing the other family residence.”
Singer accomplished this consistent feel by installing a Lutron  lighting control system that was the same in both residences. He also made use of many Cooper products, including recessed lights to illuminate the client’s extensive art collection.
The Indian Wells residence presented its own challenges, Thompson says, most notably the clients’ strict energy efficiency requirements.
“We utilized a significant amount of LED lighting, and what wasn’t LED was low voltage, so we were as energy efficient as we could be,” he says.
But while the clients wanted energy efficiency, they were also very particular about the color temperature.
“We spent a lot of time researching and testing LEDs, looking for that incandescent feel,” Thompson says. “We worked very closely with Cooper Lighting and went through many different mock-ups and worked with their engineers on selecting the LEDs.”
Also, because the project took nearly four years to complete, finding the most energy efficient ilghting presented a moving target.
“One of the things that happened during the evolution of this project is we would start off with one set of goals, but with the owners’ changing opinions and technology changing so quickly, so that by the time you’re halfway through, what you specified at the beginning wasn’t necessarily obsolete, but there was better options than when you started,” Thompson says.
Both firms received a $2,000 cash prize, as well as an invitation to attend a Cooper Lighting seminar of their choice.
Entries are now being accepted for the 36th annual SOURCE Awards. The deadline is Jan. 31, 2013, and winners will be announced next May. For more information on the rest of the winners or how to enter, see the SOURCE Awards website .