First Light Technologies' LED bollard is recognized in Next Generation Luminaires competition

May 19, 2016
Victoria, BC, Canada: First Light Technologies Ltd., a leading designer and manufacturer of architectural-quality, integrated solar-powered and high efficiency LED lighting products, was recognized as a winner in the 2016 Next Generation Luminaires (NGL) Design Competition for its hard-wired PLB-AC LED bollard.

The U.S. Department of Energy has partnered with the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) and the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) to organize the NGL Design Competition, which seeks to encourage technical innovation and recognize and promote excellence in the design of energy-efficient LED luminaires for commercial, industrial and institutional applications.

The PLB-AC LED bollard went through a rigorous evaluation process and we received detailed feedback from expert NGL judges. We are pleased to report that the judges were impressed with the light distribution, color characteristics and construction quality of the PLB-AC Series bollard. "Nice smooth distribution", "color rendering is good", and "sturdy construction" were all included in the individual judging comments.

As LED technology and product design have evolved, NGL requirements have become increasingly demanding. “The NGL bar is set high, and the tires get kicked often and hard,” said DOE SSL Program Manager Jim Brodrick. “So when the judges award a product, you know it was well earned.” Following the announcement, First Light’s co-founder Sean Bourquin said “At First Light, we are proud of our design capabilities and the PLB-AC already has the distinction of having the highest efficacy of any bollard listed with the Design Light Consortium, so we are particularly honored to have been selected as a winner in NGL’s highly regarded competition.”

About First Lights solar lighting products:

Smart: All of First Lights solar powered lights are enabled by a proprietary Solar Lighting Controller (SLC). The SLC in each light is “self learning” and allows the light to predicatively adapt to their surroundings, providing a level of lighting performance and reliability unavailable in other solar lighting products.

Simple: The self-contained design ensures that the lights are a simple, plug n’ play installation. They are compact and require no trenching, wiring or onsite assembly, ensuring install costs are minimal.

Self-Contained: The self-contained approach facilitates the thoughtful design features noted above and offers a discreet commercial style that will complement most sites.

First Light provides architectural quality, innovative lighting solutions that are significantly less expensive than the solar lighting of yesterday.

About First Lights wired lighting products:

Our high performance LED bollards provide high quality illumination with maximum energy efficiency. We’ve utilized our expertise in designing highly efficient, solar lighting products to create an optimized LED bollard that sets a new standard in efficacy and optical performance.

About First Light Technologies:

First Light Technologies is a specialized designer and manufacturer of architectural-quality, pedestrian scale LED lighting products. Founded on extensive solar power system and LED lighting experience, First Light strives to make lighting more efficient, effective and simple. First Light solar lighting products are intelligent, adaptive, efficient and robust. Designed to perform around the world, they are a cost-effective and sustainable alternative. First Light Technologies is a private held company based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. For more information, visit


Mark Wallace, Marketing Manager - First Light Technologies Ltd.