2008 Lighting for Tomorrow competition announced

The use of high-efficiency LED devices for illumination applications is encouraged by the solid-state lighting section of the 2008 Lighting for Tomorrow competition.

The 2008 Lighting for Tomorrow competition will recognize excellence in design of energy-efficient residential lighting fixtures, both for new products and for innovative technologies.

The competition will include separate categories for:
• Indoor and outdoor fixture families using pin-based linear or compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs); and
• LED-based fixtures encouraging manufacturers to use LEDs in innovative, energy-efficient designs.

Intent-to-submit forms are due February 29, 2008 and all entries are due April 30, 2008. the winners will be announced September 14-16, 2008 at the American Lighting Association Annual Conference

In 2007, the Grand Prize winner from among a field of 40 entrants utilized LEDs in an innovative downlight designed by LED Lighting Fixtures (LLF), of North Carolina. In addition, California-based Finelite, Inc. won in the portable desk/task and undercabinet lighting categories. Progress Lighting, from South Carolina, won in the outdoor category (see Lighting for Tomorrow prize goes to LLF).

Lighting for Tomorrow is jointly sponsored and organized by the American Lighting Association (ALA), the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), represented by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).

SSL Competition
This year, Lighting for Tomorrow has three categories in its SSL competition:

A. Near term applications
This category is for fixtures that meet or exceed the new ENERGY STAR requirements for SSL. It is open for six specific applications in the residential lighting market: undercabinet lighting for kitche, portable desk/task lights, recessed downlights rated for residential use; outdoor porch lights; outdoor step lights; and outdoor pathway lights.

B. Other lighting applications
Open to all white light, general illumination applications other than those listed in category A above. Examples may include chandeliers, sconces, and table lamps, as well as LEDs incorporated into furniture or architectural elements. The required minimum LED luminous efficacy is 50 lm/W.

C. Future LED category
This invites luminaires for any general illumination application that make use of LEDs with a minimum luminous efficacy of 90 lm/W.

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