The 2013 Next Generation Luminaires Solid-State Lighting Indoor Design Competition  has officially launched. Written Intents to Submit are due by Jan. 18, 2013, and must be submitted online at www.ngldc.org .
Physical product entries are due by Feb. 8, 2013. Judging takes place in late February 2013, and results will be announced at LEDucation 7 in New York, NY, on March 20, 2013.
In addition to market-ready product entries, new categories for emerging and innovative products have been added. These categories encourage new ideas for the application of solid-state lighting (SSL) to solve lighting design problems. The emerging categories, including OLEDs, color tuning luminaires, and material integrated systems, will be evaluated separately.
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy , the International Assn. of Lighting Designers  (IALD), and the Illuminating Engineering Society  (IES), Next Generation Luminaires recognizes and promotes excellence in the design of energy-efficient LED commercial lighting luminaires, based on the market's critical concerns about product performance and quality.
Judges examine lighted samples in their intended applications, as well as photometric analyses and other documentation. Products will be reviewed on criteria such as color quality, light distribution, glare control, appearance, energy efficiency, and serviceability. Products meeting the judges' diverse criteria are recognized, and from this group additional awards are given.
Awards are presented to all distinguished products, and the results — including manufacturers' identities, product descriptions, testing details, and judging comments — are published by NGL online and publicized at industry events around the country. Past winners have received considerable press coverage.