Huntington Beach, CA — Lighting for Tomorrow is a competition that challenges manufacturers to develop residential lighting products that successfully incorporate advances in both design and energy efficiency. By recognizing exceptional new products, Lighting for Tomorrow seeks to meet consumer expectations and leap over market barriers that inhibit the adoption and use of energy efficient residential lighting products.
The 2015 Lighting for Tomorrow competition reflected several key technology developments and market trends.
- This year, approximately 80 percent of the fixture, lamp and retrofit kit entries included dimming features.
- The first scalable lighting fixture, bi-pin replacement light engine, and three-way LED replacement lamp entries were seen this year.
- There was an increased quantity of lighting products that considered the specific lighting needs of the senior population.
- There were more products with connected features and a number of high CRI product entries.
- A new category for vintage style, exposed-filament LED lamps represented an emerging opportunity to capture energy savings.
- Some fixture entries were able to meet the challenging ENERGY STAR® efficacy criteria for inseparable luminaires.
The 2015 judging panel, which met in June at Underwriters Laboratories (UL) University in North Carolina, reviewed a total of 120 products including 60 LED indoor fixtures, 4 LED outdoor fixtures, 2 OLED fixtures, 7 LED retrofit kits, 42 LED replacement lamps, and 5 lighting control devices. The judges were very pleased to see truly outstanding products demonstrating innovation in design and engineering, and taking advantage of solid state lighting technology.
From among the decorative fixture submissions, the judges selected three winners, two honorable mentions, and awarded special recognition to one product. The winners include the Acuity Brands CHALINA™ Pendant, the Holtkoetter PLANO Torchiere 9901*LED, and the LBL Lighting Xterna. Honorable mentions were awarded to the Blackjack Lighting Wedge LED Chandelier and the Designers Fountain Lucienne Collection (pendant and wall sconce). A special award for senior friendly lighting was given to the AFX, Inc. Ambrose Pendant.
The directional lighting category resulted in two winners and two honorable mention distinctions. The winners are the Juno Lighting Group Aculux® Tunable White 3¼-inch Precision Recessed Luminaire and the LBL Lighting Auri track light. Tech Lighting took two honorable mention awards for the ELEMENT® Build-Your-Own-Multiples and the ELEMENT® Merge Recessed Linear System.
A retrofit kit honorable mention was given to the MaxLite LED Adjustable Downlight Retrofit with Sunset Dimming, which was part of the new Contractor Lighting category for products under $50. A special award for innovation was given to the Generation Brands LED Bi-Pin Replacement Module.
Within the LED replacement lamp category, the judges designated one winner, two honorable mentions, and two special awards. GE Lighting won for its Soft White LED 30-70-100W Replacement 3-way Bulb. The honorable mentions are the GE Lighting 100W Replacement General Purpose Bulb and the GREEN CREATIVE BR30 CLOUD 11W High CRI GU24 Lamp. The Civilight Professional 3W Crystal Candelabra was given a special award for engineering. The judges recognized the LED visible-filament lamp entries as a group to encourage a promising new product type; manufacturers include Bulbrite, MaxLite, and Satco Products.
In the lighting controls category, the Legrand adorne® Tru-Universal sofTap Dimmer was named as a winner and the Fanimation fanSync™ received an honorable mention.
Awards were presented at the American Lighting Association Annual Conference in Huntington Beach, California, on October 3rd. The award winning products are showcased in a brochure that highlights the 2015 LED, OLED, and lighting control award recipients. In addition, these products and companies will be featured in videos, publications and trade show exhibits throughout the coming year.