posted by William R. Stott
Published: February 19, 2009
Winners of the first annual Next Generation Luminaires awards were announced on February 19 at the Strategies in Light Conference in Santa Clara, California. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, and the International Association of Lighting Designers, the competition recognizes excellence in the design of energy-efficient commercial lighting luminaires that use light emitting diodes, or LEDs.
Launched at LIGHTFAIR in May 2008, the competition attracted 68 entries from 29 lighting companies. A panel of 14 judges from the architectural lighting design community evaluated the entries based on performance, appearance, construction and photometric data.
Of the 68 entries, 22 were selected for recognition in the market-ready category, and three of these products were designated Best in Class:
In addition, five products were recognized in the emerging products category. More information on all the winning entries is available at the Next Generation Luminaires Web site.
Design competitions are a key part of DOE's national strategy to accelerate solid-state lighting (SSL) technology advances from laboratory to marketplace. DOE provides federal leadership and support for a wide range of market introduction activities, including the Energy Star program for SSL products, technology procurement and demonstrations, commercial product testing, buyer/user guidance and standards development. For more information about the DOE Solid-State Lighting Portfolio, visit EERE's Solid-State Lighting Web site.