Lighting for Tomorrow (LFT), the design competition sponsored by the American Lighting Assn . in partnership with the U.S. Dept. of Energy  and the Consortium for Energy Efficiency , recently announced the winners of its first Solid State Lighting (SSL) Competition. Intended to encourage lighting manufacturers to explore and consider LED technology, the new contest, like LFT’s competition for decorative CFL fixtures (held earlier this year), emphasizes energy efficiency, design and quality of light.
“We added the SSL component this year in response to very rapid improvement in LED technology over the past year,” says Kelly Gordon, Program Manager for the Dept. of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). “Luminous efficacy [the amount of light per watt of electricity consumed] for LEDs has continued to increase remarkably quickly to the point where the higher-quality LEDs are now as efficient as CFLs for certain applications in well-designed fixtures.”
LFT chose four victors from the more than 30 entries submitted for the 2006 contest. The winning designs were showcased at the Dept. of Energy’s Solid State Lighting Workshop, held Jan. 31-Feb. 2 in Phoenix.
“We were pleased with the response, having [received entries] from a range of companies, including [both] well-established fixture manufacturers, as well as new players,” Gordon says. Congratulations to the winners of the 2006 contest:
LFT also awarded honorable mentions for Innovative Design to io Lighting’s Luxrail and Albeo’s Javelin. HF2Eye from Osram Sylvania and LED Bullet from American Lighting received honorable mentions for LED Application.
In 2007, Lighting for Tomorrow and its SSL competition will combine, offering categories for both CFL and LED fixtures. For more information on the 2007 competition, visit the LFT Web site at www.lightingfortomorrow.com .