Lighting for Tomorrow is launching the fourteenth consecutive annual competition in January 2016. In an effort to help manufacturers gain exposure and push the lighting industry forward with high-quality, innovative, and energy efficient designs, Lighting for Tomorrow identifies exceptional products that will inspire the lighting community.
2016 Launch Activities for the 2016 Lighting for Tomorrow competition will kick off at Dallas Market Center Lightovation, January 20-24. Lighting for Tomorrow will have a booth space at Lightovation. Winning products from the 2015 competition will be showcased in a special display at this event as well.
Benefits of the Competition The Lighting for Tomorrow competition provides manufacturers the opportunity to push the industry forward by introducing high quality and innovative designs, contribute to the greater energy efficiency movement, and gain exposure for their brands and products among industry leaders and consumers alike. In particular, the exceptional products identified by the judging panel are heavily promoted by Lighting for Tomorrow for a full calendar year. Award recipients will also be eligible to be promoted by energy efficiency programs across the US and Canada.
About LFT Since 2002, the Lighting for Tomorrow competition has recognized new residential lighting products that are both energy efficient and exceptional. The competition emphasizes products that appeal to savvy, style-conscious buyers: products that are both beautiful and highly functional, so that they add to a sense of well-being in the home. Lighting for Tomorrow also looks to leap over market barriers that inhibit the adoption and use of energy efficient residential lighting products. Lighting for Tomorrow is sponsored by the American Lighting Association (ALA), the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE), and Underwriters Laboratories (UL), as well as over a dozen energy efficiency and utility programs across the US and Canada.
Timeline The deadline for intent to submit forms for this year’s competition is April 18, 2016. In June, products will be evaluated by an elite judging panel consisting of experts in lighting technology, sales, energy efficiency, lighting design, and communications. Winners will be announced during an award ceremony at the ALA Conference in Puerto Rico in September 2016.
Solid-state Lighting Since 2006, the Lighting for Tomorrow competition has stimulated the development of SSL products for the home. The competition has seen a tremendous increase in the quantity and quality of these products, and aims to continue moving the market by awarding the top performers every year. Lighting for Tomorrow seeks a broad range of residential OLED and LED products such as fixtures, retrofit kits, and replacement lamps. In 2016, Lighting for Tomorrow is also looking to emphasize lighting designed to meet the needs of the growing senior population; decorative, visible filament replacement lamps; and contractor lighting (fixtures priced at less than $50). Entries will be judged on energy efficiency, lighting performance, marketability, ease of installation, innovation, and serviceability. The 2015 SSL Award Winners included Acuity Brands, AFX Inc., Blackjack Lighting, Bulbrite, Civilight, Designers Fountain, GE Lighting, Generation Brands, GREEN CREATIVE, Holtkoetter, Juno Lighting Group, LBL Lighting, MaxLite, Satco Products, and Tech Lighting.
Lighting Controls Lighting for Tomorrow continues to encourage lighting control products, including standalone, system, and whole house devices. Lighting control devices must be compatible with LED and other lighting technologies. Lighting for Tomorrow sponsors understand that energy savings from residential lighting will increasingly depend on a systems approach, including an efficient means to control dimming, operation, and connectivity with other residential products. The judging panel will evaluate products based on functionality, value, ease of installation and use (with consideration of the user interface), innovation, ability to work with other systems and existing luminaires, and bonus points for senior friendly design considerations. The 2015 Lighting Controls Award Winners were Legrand and Fanimation.
For complete guidelines and entry information, please visit http://www.lightingfortomorrow.com.