More Than 40 Commercial LED Lighting Products Recognized by Second Annual Next Generation Luminaires Design Competition

Forty-seven commercial LED lighting products more than double last years total were recognized for excellence by the second annual Next Generation Luminaires (NGL) Solid State Lighting (SSL) Design Competition.
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, and the International Association of Lighting Designers, the NGL competition was launched in 2008 to promote excellence in the design of energy-efficient LED luminaires for general illumination in commercial lighting applications.
In its first year, the competition recognized 22 products from among a total of 68 entries. In 2009, as the number of commercial LED lighting products on the market increased, the number of NGL entries nearly doubled to 126, coming from 60 different lighting companies. Of these entries, 43 were chosen as recognized winners and four of were chosen as best in class.
The best-in-class winners came from four different manufacturers and covered four different areas of lighting: Finelite, Inc., was selected for its CURVE task lighting fixture; SPILIGHTING Inc., for its Stile Styk wall washing fixture; GE Lighting Solutions for its Evolve LED R150 Roadway luminaire for street/roadway; and Wide-Lite (a Philips group brand) for its VizorLED for parking garages.
In the recognized category, Cooper Lighting, Lighting Services Inc, and Amerlux Global Lighting Solutions earned praise for their accent lighting. DaSal Industries and USAI were recognized for recessed accent lighting. Tempo Industries, Inc. was acknowledged for its cove lighting. In wall washing, Visa Lighting, Finelite, Inc., and Edison Price Lighting were commended. Two wall grazing fixtures were recognized, one from Specialty Lighting Industries and one from Pure Lighting.
In the specialty lighting arena, Edge Lighting and ReLED Systems were recognized for indoor fixtures, while Planet Lighting was recognized for its outdoor fixture. Under cabinet lighting garnered two winners: GE Lighting Solutions and Finelite, Inc. GE Lighting Solutions refrigerated display lighting was also recognized.
Downlights were popular with designs by Cree LED Lighting, Sea Gull Lighting/JuiceWorks, Edison Price Lighting, Intense Lighting, Cooper Lighting, and Philips Lightolier. In general illumination, Zumtobel Lighting was recognized for two fixtures; SPILIGHTING Inc., and Litecontrol were also acknowledged. Recognized winners in industrial lighting were Digital Lumens, LightWild, and Albeo Technologies.
Five designers were recognized for their street/roadway lighting fixtures, including Cooper Lighting, Philips Hadco, BetaLED , LED Roadway Lighting Ltd., and Philips Lumec. Recognized winners in pedestrian-scale outdoor lighting were Sternberg Lighting and GE Lighting Solutions. GE Lighting Solutions and LSI Industries, Inc. were recognized for parking lot lighting fixtures, while Ruud Lighting and LSI Industries, Inc. earned recognition in utility canopy lighting. Cooper Lighting stood out in wall-mounted area lighting and Winona Lighting was acknowledged for ingrade lighting.
Awards were presented at the Strategies in Light conference in Santa Clara, February 10-12, 2010. The competition was created to recognize well-designed, energy-efficient, and attractive commercial solid state lighting that uses a fraction of the electricity of standard incandescent, halogen, and highintensity discharge fixtures. By encouraging new designs and technologies, Next Generation Luminaires aims to increase market acceptance and awareness of LEDs for general illumination lighting.
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