DOE Announces Winners of Next Generation Luminaires Design Competition

February 13, 2013 by Jeff Shepard

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.