Blackjack Lighting awarded grand prize in 2016 Lighting For Tomorrow Competition

Sept. 22, 2016
The Seraph chandelier is a 2016 Lighting For Tomorrow (LFT) Grand Prize award winner in the Indoor LED Fixtures category. Seraph Chandelier was designed by Stephen Blackman, President and Chief Design Officer, Blackjack Lighting, Buffalo Grove, IL. Blackjack Lighting has been a YLighting vendor since this LED lighting specialist began in business nearly four years ago.

In addition to the Seraph chandelier, Blackjack Lighting has received two other Lighting For Tomorrow awards. In 2014, the award went to the Swirl chandelier (US Patent D730, 562S) designed by Stephen Blackman. The 2015 winner was Blackman’s Wedge chandelier. All three award-winning fixtures are available on YLighting for immediate shipment.

Seraph’s Grand Prize gives Blackman a record 15 LFT awards—more than any other designer. In fact, the Salem chandelier Blackman designed for American Fluorescent (Now AFX) won a Grand Prize in the first Lighting For Tomorrow competition in 2004. At the time, the concept of tucking compact fluorescent light sources into faux wax candles on a decorative chandelier was radically new.

With the Seraph chandelier, Blackman shows us how the newest lighting (LEDs) and the oldest (candles) might converge. Slender candles glow inside clear acrylic "Seraphs," yet there are no flames. Laser etchings illuminated by LEDs create this magical vision.

About the Seraph Chandelier
The award-winning 23" three-tier Seraph Chandelier (or 31" four-tier version) is shown in Polished Chrome or Matte Black with a choice of Candle or Bubble Seraph light guides. Features include replaceable light sources, instant on/off and TRIAC-compatible dimming. Other designs in the Seraph Collection include a two-light sconce and several new pendants coming later this year.

Stunning to look at, Seraph’s signature cast acrylic light guides exemplify designer Stephen Blackman’s approach to designing with LED light sources: "My goal now is to design lighting fixtures that are ‘LED like,’ not ‘incandescent like,’” he says. “Individual LEDs are very tiny, so they can be combined to form many fixture shapes--almost any shape you want. I use the LEDs to create forms that are unique and different."

The President and Chief Design Office of Blackjack Lighting has a career that spans the recent history of decorative lighting itself. His earliest designs featured European style halogen lighting, which was taking America by storm. Later, his award-winning fixtures for American Fluorescent (now AFX Inc.) presented new ideas for the CFL, at the time an unusual light source for decorative fixtures. His futuristic VELA OLED fixture for WAC Lighting won the first Lighting For Tomorrow Award in the OLED category. Now Blackjack's stunning contemporary designs present Blackman's latest ideas for high performance LED light fixtures.

About Lighting For Tomorrow
The American Lighting Assn. (ALA), Underwriters Laboratories (UL), the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) and various utilities organize this annual competition. Since its launch in 2002, Lighting For Tomorrow has highlighted the year's most innovative residential energy-efficient lighting designs. The goal is to remove market barriers that impede consumer acceptance of new technologies.

According to the website, the competition “challenges manufacturers to develop residential lighting products that successfully incorporate advances in both design and energy efficiency. By recognizing exceptional new products, Lighting for Tomorrow seeks to meet consumer

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