Lighting for Tomorrow 2014 Competition Launched
Energy efficient lighting design competition features lighting controls, LED fixtures, retrofit kits, replacement lamps, and OLED fixtures
Lighting for Tomorrow launched its twelfth consecutive annual competition at the Dallas Market, January 15-19. In 2014, Lighting for Tomorrow is looking for products that meet market price points as part of the solid state lighting competition such as light emitting diode (LED) A-lamps under $10 and fixtures under $50, as well as high lumen A-lamps. Similar to last year, Lighting for Tomorrow awards bonus points for lighting designed to meet the needs of the growing senior population and invites submissions of organic LED (OLED) luminiaires as part of the SSL competition. Lighting for Tomorrow continues to build on the momentum from previous competitions for lighting control products, including stand alone, system, and whole house devices, as well as LED luminaires for specific applications, retrofit kits, and replacement lamps.
Lighting Controls Competition in Fifth Year
Lighting for Tomorrow has been furthering the controllability of energy efficient lighting for several years. In 2008, the fluorescent fixture competition requested that all CFL-equipped chandeliers be able to dim. Following this advance, a fluorescent dimming competition in 2009 sought good quality dimming in both fixtures and CFLs. From 2010 to 2013, Lighting for Tomorrow pushed the lighting world a step further with a lighting controls competition that requires lighting control devices to be compatible with fluorescent or LED technology, which will be continued in 2014. The judging panel will be evaluating products based on functionality, ease of installation and use, innovation, and ability to work with other systems and existing luminaires. Past winners include Legrand®, Leviton, and Lutron®.
Solid State Lighting Competition in Ninth Year
For the last eight years, the Lighting for Tomorrow competition has stimulated development in SSL products for the home. Since its launch in 2006, the competition has seen a tremendous increase in the quantity and quality of light emitting diode (LED) products, and aims to continue moving this market by awarding the top performing products every year. Lighting for Tomorrow seeks a broad range of residential LED products such as fixtures, retrofit kits, and replacement lamps. The competition increased its scope in 2013 with the inclusion of OLED fixtures, and plans to continue with this category in 2014. In addition, Lighting for Tomorrow is focusing on high demand LED product categories – high lumen replacement A-lamps, replacement A-lamps under $10 and fixtures under $50. Entries in this competition will be judged on the basis of lighting performance, marketability, and energy efficiency. In 2013, ten winners, five honorable mentions, and two noteworthy products were selected including manufacturers Acuity Brands, Edge Lighting, Evolution Lighting, Juno Lighting, LEDnovation, Legrand, LITON lighting, Nesora Lighting, Philips Lighting, Prism Co. Ltd, Samjin Lnd Co. Ltd, SWITCH Lighting, and WAC Lighting.
The first deadline for intent to submit for this year’s competition is April 18, 2014. Winners will be announced during an award ceremony at the ALA Conference, September 16, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee and will be eligible to be promoted by energy efficiency programs across the US and Canada during the following year. For complete guidelines and rules for the 2014 competition, see www.lightingfortomorrow.com.
Lighting for Tomorrow, launched in 2002, is organized by the American Lighting Association (ALA), the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL). Approximately two dozen energy efficiency organizations in the US and Canada participated in supporting this latest competition.