And The Winner For Best Looking LED Is..

Think all energy efficient lighting, such as solid-state lighting (SSL) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs), are boring looking? Not so, says the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the American Lighting Association (ALA), and the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE), who collectively this week announced the winners of the eighth-annual Lighting for Tomorrow competition. This event “aims to increase market acceptance and awareness of energy-efficient lighting by recognizing the best-designed energy-efficient lighting products available to the residential market.”

Winners were chosen in two competitions: solid state lighting and lighting controls. Fifty companies submitted a total of 107 products—69 LED luminaires or fixtures, 24 LED replacement lamps or bulbs, and 14 lighting control devices—that were evaluated by a panel of judges representing a cross section of industry. Each lighting fixture and replacement lamp entry was evaluated based on color appearance, color rendering, appropriate measure of light intensity, efficiency, appearance, and style.

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image via U.S. Department of Energy

Winners were chosen from a variety of companies, including Kichler, Edge Lighting, Albeo, Cree and Philips. The chosen products, said the DOE, gain further visibility and recognition for their technologies and products as they are showcased at DOE and industry events. They also become eligible for promotion by energy efficiency programs across the United States and Canada.

The reason for such the big deal around a lighting competition is the energy efficiency of the products entered. It is said LEDs and SSL technology “have the potential to cut U.S. lighting energy use by one-fourth by 2030, providing $120 billion in energy savings. In addition to advances in energy efficiency, SSL lamps and fixtures are longer lasting—up to 50,000 hours on one lamp.”

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