LED Lighting ( Solar Thermal Magazine ). As part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to reduce energy waste in U.S. buildings and help save Americans money by saving energy, the Energy Department today announced the winners of the sixth annual Next Generation LuminairesTM (NGL) design competition for indoor lighting at the LED Show in Los Angeles.
The competition, sponsored by the Energy Department, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America and the International Association of Lighting Designers, was launched in 2008 to promote excellence in the design of energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) commercial lighting fixtures or “luminaires.” Solid-state lighting technologies, which include both LED and organic light emitting diode technologies, have the potential to save Americans $30 billion a year in energy costs by 2030.
A panel of 10 judges from the architectural lighting design community evaluated more than 150 indoor lighting entries based on color, illuminance, glare control, light distribution, serviceability, value, appearance, lumen maintenance and luminous efficacy.
Fifty-seven products were recognized as meeting the rigorous requirements of the competition. These winning products represented a wide-range of manufacturers and lighting applications, including accent lighting, decorative lighting, cove lighting, industrial lighting, wall washing and personal task lighting.
Four manufacturers, covering four different indoor lighting types, were designated as Best in Class:
- Koncept (Monrovia, California): Awarded Best in Class for its Mosso Pro LED desk lamp.
- Finelite, Inc. (Union City, California): Awarded Best in Class for its Series 11LED Micro Profile family of cove mounted luminaires.
- Cree, Inc. (Durham, North Carolina): Awarded Best in Class for its LS Series utility luminaire.
- Acuity Brands® – Mark Architectural Lighting™ (Conyers, Georgia.): Awarded Best in Class for its Slot 2 & 4 LED – Direct and Bi-Direct family of surface mounted and pendant linear luminaires.
The Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) works with private industry, universities and national laboratories to accelerate the development and facilitate deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and market-based solutions that strengthen U.S. energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality. For more on the winning entries, visit the Next Generation Luminaires website. To learn more about the wide-range of market introduction activities, including technology demonstrations, commercial product testing, buy/user guidance and standards development, visit EERE’s Solid-State Lighting website.