As thousands of attendees gathered at the Lightfair International Conference in Las Vegas on May 10, 53 commercial light-emitting diode (LED) indoor lighting products were recognized and awarded in the fourth annual Next Generation Luminaires (NGL) solid-state lighting design competition. From the recognized products, three were given an additional designation of Best in Class.

Eight architectural lighting design experts judged a total 114 products from 43 manufacturers. Products were judged on lighting quality—including color, illuminance, light distribution and glare—appearance, serviceability, efficacy, value, dimming and rated lifetime.

The NGL competition, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America and the International Association of Lighting Designers, began in 2008 to promote excellence in the design of energy-efficient LED luminaires for general illumination in commercial lighting applications. The competition encourages new designs and technologies and aims to increase market acceptance and awareness of LEDs for general illumination lighting.

The DOE regards design competitions as an important part its national strategy to accelerate technological advancements to the market and encourage the adoption of energy-efficient lighting products.

“This is not just a one-dimensional contest,” said Jim Brodrick, DOE Solid-State Lighting program manager, in an interview with LEDs magazine. “Beauty alone won’t cut it. The winners have to really ‘walk the walk.’”

Amerlux Global Lighting Solutions won awards in recessed lighting, accent track lighting and two other categories. Cooper Lighting won four awards from NGL and Lightfair International Innovation Awards. Cree Inc. won awards in the recessed modular lighting category. Juno Lighting Group won awards in linear lighting fixtures and two other categories. Philips Lightolier won an award in the accent track lighting category. Lithonia Lighting won awards in the high-bay industrial lighting and recessed modular lighting. Osram Sylvania won awards in the recessed modular lighting categories. GE Lighting Solutions won awards in the linear pendant lighting category. Lighting Science Group won awards in the surface-mounted lighting fixture category.

Best in Class winners include Albeo Technologies, Intense Lighting and Lithonia Lighting.