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DOE competition recognizes energy-efficient lighting designs
By Shane Henson, May 18, 2012—Leaders in the design of energy-efficient LED commercial lighting luminaires were recently recognized by the Department of Energy (DOE) when it announced the winners in the indoor lighting category of the fourth-annual Next Generation Luminaires (NGL) Design Competition at the LIGHTFAIR International conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The competition, which was also sponsored by the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America and the International Association of Lighting Designers, was launched in 2008 to promote excellence in the design of energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) commercial lighting fixtures, or "luminaires." Solid-state lighting (SSL), which includes both LED and organic light-emitting diode technologies, has the potential to save Americans $30 billion a year in energy costs by 2030, says the DOE.
A panel of eight judges, including experts from the architectural lighting design community, evaluated the NGL entries based on lighting quality, appearance, serviceability, efficacy, value, dimming, and lifetime.
Out of 114 entries submitted to the competition from 45 companies, 50 were recognized as winners, deemed by the judges to have met the stringent requirements of the competition. Among the 50, three were chosen as Best in Class.
The Best in Class winners came from three different manufacturers and covered three different lighting types. They were: