GE Lighting  is now accepting entries for its 31st annual GE Edison Award competition, recognizing excellence and quality in professional lighting designs that employ the significant use of GE Lighting products, including, but not limited to, GE LED systems, LED luminaires, LED architectural products, LED lamps and modules, lighting controls, and non-LED lamps and luminaires.
A Web-based entry submittal process has been developed to replace the former hard-copy process. Online entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on Jan. 20, 2014. To submit a project, applicants should go to the GE Edison Award  website for full details.
The competition is open to professional designers, architects, engineers and consultants for projects completed during the 2012 and 2013 calendar years. The two-year window is a newly introduced format for the competition. Online entries are judged on the following criteria: functional excellence; architectural compatibility; effective use of state-of-the-art lighting products and techniques; appropriate color, form and texture revelation; energy efficiency and cost effectiveness.
Projects scoring the highest number of points will qualify to receive either Awards of Merit or Awards of Excellence. The GE Edison Award Winner is selected from among the Awards of Excellence.
In addition to these distinctions, an Award for Residential Lighting Design is presented to the project that best exemplifies excellence in lighting design within a residential application, using the same criteria as the other award categories. For this category, judges are looking for designs with innovative application(s) of light and the creative integration of lighting layers and controls.
The Award for Environmental Design gives special recognition to projects that minimize the use of energy, maximize the use of daylighting, control light pollution, and ensure system durability and maintainability.
All qualifying entrants will be invited to an awards ceremony, which will take place Monday, June 2, 2014, in Las Vegas the evening prior to the opening of LightFair Intl., the world's largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference. At that time, all winners will be recognized with personalized plaques acknowledging their lighting design achievements.
The identity of the 31st Annual GE Edison Award Winner will remain confidential until announced at the awards ceremony. The winner will receive a personalized Steuben crystal trophy and continued publicity throughout the following year. A distinctive plaque also will be presented to the owner of the winning installation.
All lighting projects submitted for award consideration must have been completed between Jan. 1, 2012, and Dec. 31, 2013, employ significant use of GE Lighting products, and have not been previously submitted.