The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the winners of the sixth annual Next Generation Luminaires (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, the DOE said.
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 met the 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 were designated as Best in Class:
Koncept (Monrovia, Calif.): Best in Class for its Mosso Pro LED desk lamp.
Finelite, Inc. (Union City, Calif.): Best in Class for its Series 11LED Micro Profile family of cove mounted luminaires.
Cree, Inc. (Durham, N.C.): Best in Class for its LS Series utility luminaire.
Acuity Brands – Mark Architectural Lighting (Conyers, Ga.): Best in Class for its Slot 2 & 4 LED – Direct and Bi-Direct family of surface mounted and pendant linear luminaires.
For the full list, which includes a pretty impressive array of luminaire design ideas, go to the NGL Design Competition website.