Winners of the second annual Next Generation Luminaires Awards were announced February 11, 2010, at the Strategies in Light Conference in Santa Clara, Calif. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, and the International Association of Lighting Designers, the competition was launched in 2008 to promote excellence in the design of energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) luminaires for general illumination in commercial lighting applications.

This year, 47 commercial LED lighting products—more than double last year’s total—were recognized for excellence. Out of 126 entries, coming from 60 lighting companies, 43 were chosen as “recognized” winners, and four were chosen as “best in class.” A panel of 12 judges from the architectural lighting design community evaluated the entries based on performance, appearance, construction and submitted photometric data.

The best-in-class winners came from four different manufacturers and covered four different areas of lighting:

• Finelite Inc. for its Curve task lighting fixture

• SPI Lighting Inc. for its Stile Styk wall-washing fixture

• GE Lighting Solutions for its Evolve LED R150 Roadway luminaire for street/roadway

• Wide-Lite (a Philips group brand) for its VizorLED for parking garages

Recognized category winners represented a range of manufacturers and applications, such as accent lighting, cove lighting, indoor and outdoor specialty lighting, downlights, industrial lighting, street and roadway lighting, and outdoor area lighting. For all the winning entries, visit www.ngldc.org.