Lighting for Tomorrow Competition Kicks Off
March 7, 2012 - 4:38pm

Lighting designers, get ready to show off your stuff.

It’s time to enter the annual Lighting for Tomorrow competition, organized by the American Lighting Association, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Consortium for Energy Efficiency.

The Lighting for Tomorrow competition challenges lighting designers to create residential lighting fixtures that are attractive as well as energy efficient and innovative in efforts to encourage more energy-efficient lighting to be sold to the consumer market.

Entries must be submitted in “families,” meaning that a company must submit at least three matching fixtures that can be organized by lighting type (surface mount, pendant, chandelier, sconce, table or floor) or by application (kitchen, bath, dining room, living room, bedroom, hallway).

The lighting is judged based on attractiveness, value, marketability, innovation in design and use of materials, components and functionality.

This year, there are several changes in the CFL Fixture Family Design Competition.

“There has been tremendous change in the lighting industry since the competition began in 2002,” said Rebecca Foster, senior program manager at CEE and a co-manager of Lighting for Tomorrow. “The 2008 competition mirrors that change by requiring CFL chandeliers to dim for the first time.”

When the competition began in 2002, it only included light fixtures that used linear fluorescent bulbs or CFLs. But in 2006, the competition expanded to include solid-state light fixtures.

This year, there will be three categories for LED lighting. The first category is called “Near Term Applications” and includes under-cabinet lighting for kitchens, portable desk/task lights, recessed downlights rated for residential use, outdoor porch lights, outdoor step lights and outdoor pathway lights. The second category is for LED lights that “provide useful illumination for a task, space or object,” according to competition organizers.

New this year is a third category for solid-state lighting called the “Future LED” category, which requires designers to produce innovative lighting with a minimum LED efficacy of 90 lumens per watt.

The Lighting for Tomorrow competition will kick off at the Dallas Lighting Market, taking place Jan. 17-21. Those who are interested in entering the contest must turn in intent-to-submit forms by Feb. 29, and all entries are due by April 30. The winners of the competition will be announced at the American Lighting Association’s Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., Sept. 14-16.

For more information about the competition, go to

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