DOE Announces Winners of Next Generation Luminaires Design Competition
As part of its efforts to save Americans money by conserving energy and increasing American leadership in energy-efficient building technologies, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the winners of the fifth annual Next Generation Luminairesâ„¢ (NGL) Design Competition for outdoor lighting. The competition was launched in 2008 to promote excellence in the design of energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) commercial lighting fixtures, or "luminaires," and is sponsored by the Energy Department, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, and the International Association of Lighting Designers.
Solid-state lighting (SSL), which includes both LED and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technologies, has the potential to save Americans $30 billion a year in energy costs by 2030. A panel of eight judges from the architectural lighting design community evaluated 120 outdoor lighting entries from 42 manufacturers based on lighting quality, appearance, construction, serviceability, efficacy, and value. The "best-in-class" winners represent four different manufacturers and cover four distinct outdoor lighting areas:
The Lighting Quotient (West Haven, Connecticut): Awarded "best-in-class" for its fraqtiâ„¢ Outdoor - Style S170 facade lighting fixture.
Relume Technologies, Inc. (Oxford, Michigan): Awarded "best-in-class" for its Oxford decorative acorn streetscape and walkway fixture.
GE Lighting (East Cleveland, Ohio): Awarded "best-in-class" for its Evolveâ„¢ LED Scalable Cobrahead roadway lighting fixture.
Edge Lighting (Chicago, Illinois): Awarded "best-in-class" for its TV and Dial LED decorative wall sconces.
In addition to the four "best-in-class" winners, 33 additional entries were judged as meeting the stringent requirements of the competition. These recognized winners represented a wide range of manufacturers and applications, including roadway lighting, streetscape lighting, walkway lighting, parking lot lighting, parking garage lighting, canopy lighting, facade lighting, landscape lighting, decorative lighting, and wall-mounted area lighting. More information on all of the winning entries is available at the Next Generation Luminaires website.
Design competitions are a key part of DOE's national strategy to accelerate solid-state lighting technology advances from laboratory to marketplace. In addition to research and development, DOE provides federal leadership and support for a wide range of market introduction activities, including technology demonstrations, commercial product testing, buyer/user guidance, and standards development.