Judges recognized 42 commercial LED lighting products, including several with potential residential applications, in the third annual Next Generation Luminaires Solid-State Lighting Design Competition last month during the Strategies in Light conference in Santa Clara, CA.
NGL began in 2008 as a complementary competition to Lighting for Tomorrow, which recognizes residential LED products. The competition is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America and the International Assn. of Lighting Designers.
Ruth Taylor, Project Manager for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, who manages the NGL for DOE, says this year’s competition had more stringent documentation requirements than in years past.
“We do a lot of verification of testing reports and depreciation data to try and make sure the products are going to perform as claimed,” Taylor says. “This competition has helped manufacturers understand what reports and data specifiers need so that they can have confidence in the products they recommend to clients.”
In this year’s competition, a panel of judges from the architectural lighting design community narrowed the 138 entries from 61 companies down to four “best in class” winners, 33 “recognized” winners and five “notable” winners, a new category for entries that did not fit in traditional categories or the judges thought deserved recognition for innovative features.
The four best in class winners were:
• Koncept Technologies Inc. for its Equo™ LED Desk Lamp task lighting fixture (pictured)
• The Lighting Quotient for its fraqtir™ Linear Concealed LED Luminaire cove lighting fixture
• USAI for its NanoLED™ recessed accent lighting fixture
• Philips Color Kinetics for its eW Burst® Powercore facade lighting fixture
Other winners with residential relevance included Juno Lighting Group, which had six fixtures recognized; Edge Lighting, which had three fixtures recognized; Philips Lightolier, which had three fixtures recognized; Cooper Lighting, which had two fixtures recognized; and Tech Lighting, which had one fixture recognized.
For a complete list of winners, visit the NGL website.