Energy-saving lighting takes top honors.
The contest, which salutes energy-efficient lighting based on good design and salability, is organized by the ALA, the U.S. Department of Energy (represented by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) and the Consortium for Energy Efficiency.
Fixtures were evaluated by a panel of experts on the basis of energy efficiency, overall lighting quality, aesthetic appearance and innovation in the indoor and outdoor lighting fixture family categories, and solid state lighting category (SSL), which uses light-emitting diodes.
LED Lighting Fixtures Inc., based in Morrisville, N.C., and a newcomer to the competition, took the grand prize in the SSL category with its LR6 downlight, a can light replacement that fits standard recessed housings and comes with either a dedicated GU-24 (pin) base, or a standard Edison (screw) base. The fixture scored high marks for light output and color quality with luminaire efficacy exceeding even the most efficient fluorescent downlights. The fixture is currently being marketed for residential and commercial applications.
Two dozen companies submitted LED entries. Finelite, based in Union City, Calif., won in both the portable desk/task lighting and undercabinet lighting categories with its Personal Lighting System desk lamp and undercabinet fixtures.
Progress Lighting, a Hubbell Lighting brand, was recognized for its Strata outdoor wall lantern, a low-profile, downward-directed fixture for glare-free illumination of doorways, walkways and stairs. Los Angeles-based Justice Design Group earned honorable mention for its decorative wall sconces incorporating LED light sources.
Of the 18 companies that competed in the compact fluorescent categories, Sea Gull Lighting, of Riverside, N.J., returned to capture a grand prize for indoor fixture families with its Acadia line, while Savoy House, of Braselton, Ga., garnered a grand prize in the outdoor category for its Aficinado family, which is also Dark Sky-friendly.
Sea Gull Lighting was also recognized for its Newport line of indoor fixtures. Past winners American Fluorescent and Lithonia were again recognized for indoor CFL lighting collections, while Maxlite earned an honorable mention for what judges called an ingenious design that incorporates an energy-efficient, flat CFL with a GU-24 pin base into a surface-mounted fixture. The fixture provides the same function as a recessed downlight, without the need for a hole in the ceiling.
Savoy House, another multiple winner, also won in the outdoor CFL fixture category for its Manchester group. Designers Fountain returned to win for its Casa Grande outdoor CFL fixture family. Other outdoor CFL fixture winners were competition newcomers Royce Lighting, a Generation Brands company based in Bronx, N.Y., and Eleek Inc., of Portland, Ore., whose Takashima outdoor collection was noted for its "beautiful use of sustainable and recycled materials."
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|Publication:||HFN The Weekly Newspaper for the Home Furnishing Network|
|Date:||Sep 24, 2007|
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