Sustainability Spotlight: DOE Announces Winners in Next Generation Luminaires Design Competition
Design competitions are a noteworthy component of DOE’s strategy to move technology advancements in solid state lighting technology from the laboratory to the marketplace. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, and the International Association of Lighting Designers, The Next Generation Luminaires™ (NGL) Solid State Lighting (SSL) Design Competition was created to recognize and promote excellence in the design of energy-efficient LED commercial lighting luminaires.
Judged by a panel of 12 representatives from the architectural lighting design community, entries were evaluated based on performance, appearance, construction, and submitted photometric data. Out of 138 entries from 61 companies, 33 were recognized as winners in addition to the four that were chosen as “best in class” in four separate areas of lighting:
The fraqtir™ linear concealed LED cove luminaire from Lighting Quotient Inc. produces a warm, white asymmetric distribution that evenly washes ceilings or walls without trapping light. Combining a refractor and total internal reflection, the optics produce a highly controlled beam with powerful peak candlepower. The fraqtir™ is available in modular lengths from 1 to 9 ft, with integral or remote drivers, 350 mA or 700 mA drive current, and 120V or 277V dimming.
Philips Color Kinetic’s eW Burst Powercore is a high-output, exterior-rated LED luminaire designed for highlighting architectural elements. Die-cast aluminum, IP66 rated housing that adjusts 180° x 360° and can be locked in place. Beam control options for the 8° primary optic include four spread lenses, as well as a louver and three cowls for glare control. Available in two color temperatures, it accepts 100-277V input and is dimmable.
Koncept Technologies Inc.’s Equo LED Desk Lamp task lighting fixture features a clean, slim profile. Along with a counterweight design that allows finger-tip adjustability, the luminaire’s head remains poised and level as the arm moves up and down to deliver local task illumination. A touch-sensitive control strip switches the lamp on and off and dims with a gentle sliding motion.
The NanoLED recessed accent lighting fixture from USAI provides low intensity lighting with 40º tilt and 362º horizontal adjustment. With minimal 2.5 in. aperture, NanoLED can be “hot aimed” and locked in place with an Allen-head driver. Its die-cast lighting element is removable for interchange of optics and replacement of the LED module or driver. Options include four color temperatures, three beam spreads (25-55°), two wattages, a dimmable driver, and several trim options. NanoLED housings are available for both insulated ceilings and non-insulated ceilings.
For a complete list of winners, visit the Next Generation Luminaires website at www.ngldc.org/10/winners.stm. For more information about the DOE Solid-State Lighting Portfolio, visit www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/ssl/ .