LED Products Take Gold in International Design Competition
August 3, 2012 - 9:18pm
Humanscale and Panasonic add to their already-bulging awards portfolios.
Humanscale's Horizon was designed to overcome weaknesses of current-generation LED task lamps.

Humanscale's Horizon, the first task light with Thin Film LED technology™; and Panasonic’s LED Clear Bulb, a 20W lamp designed to duplicate the incandescent experience, were among 35 product designs honored with a Gold Award this year in the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA®) program. The Haiku ceiling fan from Big Ass Fan Co. received a Bronze Award in the competition.

Presented for more than 30 years by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), this year’s IDEA program featured 17 entry categories, including living room & bedroom, one of six new categories. The 2012 awards program honored products in distribution and available for sale between February 2010 and February 2011.

Designed by Peter Stathis and Michael McCoy, Humanscale's Horizon won a Gold award in the Office and Productivity category. Featuring a series of high-intensity LEDs surrounding layers of polycarbonate and optical films, the lamp produces an ultra-wide footprint of warm, glare-free 3000K light. Horizon is part of the permanent collections of five museums, including The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.

A Gold winner in the Living Room and Bedroom category, Panasonic’s LED Clear Bulb was initially released in Europe. From its familiar base to the glowing faux filament within, the bulb is meant to give homeowners an energy efficient replacement for incandescent bulbs that looks like the real thing inside and out. An LED module with a transparent base and phosphor-coated LED chip inside the clear globe emits light in all directions. A proprietary technology allows the LED module to be suspended in the center of the bulb by a metal rod, which functions as a heat sink.

The Horizon task lamp, the LED Clear Bulb and other Gold IDEA winners are now in the running for additional awards. IDSA will reveal the Best in Show, Curator’s Choice, People’s Choice and the Sustainability Award at the IDEA ceremony on Aug. 18 at its 2012 International Conference in Boston.

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