Chicago, IL (PRWEB) October 05, 2012
According to lightingfortomorrow.com the annual Lighting for Tomorrow contest began in 2002 to acknowledge that best decorative energy efficient lighting fixtures and since then, “Lighting for Tomorrow has encouraged manufacturers to develop well designed, energy efficient lighting products with a specific goal of increasing the availability of ENERGY STAR residential lighting fixtures.”
This year, Lighting for Tomorrow was looking for the best lighting control devices, solid state lighting (SSL) fixtures, replacement lamps and retrofit kits; the 10th annual competition granted 14 awards for SSL fixtures, two wards for LED replacement lamps, two awards for LED retrofit kits and a special recognition for a lighting controls product.
The winners of the SSL competition were chosen by a panel of knowledgeable professionals and they were judged on “color appearance, color rendering, amount and distribution of light, overall aesthetic appearance, value and application efficiency.” Here are some of the lucky winners:
IRiS P3LED from Cooper Lighting – This was Cooper Lighting’s second win in a row to win an LFT award; according to cooperindustries.com, the IRiS P3LED is a 3 1/2-inch-aperture recessed LED series that features interchangeable LED optics, 365 degree rotation, 45 degree tilt and dimmability to 10 percent, all the while having a 50,000 hour lifespan.
Atlantis from Hinkley Lighting – Hinkley’s Atlantis outdoor wall sconce features a very simplistic and discreet design in lighting but the judges noticed its commanding brilliance; it features two 4.5W LEDs hidden within fixture and a glare-reducing structural design.
Centre LED Pendant from AFX Lighting – AFX Lighting transformed their SSL solutions this year with the retractable Centre LED pendant that is powered with a 7W integrated LED light engine rated for 35,000 hours while producing 470 Lumens at a color temperature of 2700K, according to americanfluorescent.com. The Centre pendant is scheduled for release in January 2013.
Among others, Tech Lighting also won an SSL award for its Unilume LED Undercabinet fixture and Hart Lighting got special recognition for its Waveform chandelier; it offered wonderful light quality but didn’t meet the LFT standards for SSL lighting. The remaining manufacturers took home honorable mentions for the SSL lighting category.
Osram Sylvania won the LED retrofit category with its Ultra RT6 Gimbal and Lighting Science Group won honorable mention in that same category with Glimpse, their low-profile LED retrofit kit; Lighting Science Group pulled in two awards for the LED replacement lamp category with the Definity PAR30 Short Neck Bulb and the Definity BR30 Bulb.
Although LFT judges did not award any manufacturer in the lighting controls category, they did acknowledge Legrand for its Adorne Event Controller, which offers customizable lighting scenes at the touch of a button; according to lightingfortomorrow.com, the judges “considered this an important development as well as representing new thinking about controls.”
Lighting for Tomorrow had a successful 2012 competition this year and out of the 30 companies that submitted LED fixtures, just about half received some type of recognition. LTF is expecting to begin a new competition on January 17, 2013.