DOE Announces Winners of Luminaires Outdoor Lighting Design Competition

We’ve spent decades getting used to incandescent lighting. As the go-to light bulb for generations, there are a plethora of fixtures and applications available for this lighting solution. Now that we have options, namely the energy-efficient LED, designers are scrambling to integrate it into modern structures without ruining the aesthetic.

The Next Generation Luminaires Solid-State Lighting Design Competition was created to recognize and promote excellence in the design of energy-efficient LED commercial lighting luminaires. The Department of Energy recently announced the winners of the 2012 NGL Outdoor Competition for outdoor lighting, which aims to make it easier for lighting designers and specifiers to find LED lighting products that are worthy of their designs.

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Out of 120 outdoor entries from 42 manufacturers, 37 were recognized as winners this year, meaning they met the competition’s stringent requirements and were considered worthy of specification. A panel of eight judges, most of them from the architectural lighting community, evaluated the entries based on such characteristics as lighting quality, appearance, construction, serviceability, efficacy, and value.

The Best in Class winners came from four different manufacturers and covered four areas of outdoor lighting: The Lighting Quotient was selected for its fraqtir Outdoor – Style S170 facade lighting fixture, Relume Technologies Inc. for its OXFORD decorative acorn streetscape and walkway luminaire, GE Lighting for its Evolve LED Scalable Cobrahead roadway fixture, and Edge Lighting for its TV and Dial LED decorative wall sconces (pictured above).

The geometric TV LED wall sconce from Edge Lighting provides intense light using warm white LEDs, with a satin aluminum or white base and a crystal clear diffuser. The shape of the Dial luminaire spreads warm-white light across the wall through the ring shaped lens and can be used as an uplight or wall downlight. Both fixtures are ADA compliant and feature a weather resistant, powder-coated finish and are IP65 rated for outdoor and indoor applications.

Check out all of the Best in Class winners here!

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog


  • Reply February 21, 2013

    Mary Ellis

    congratulations to the winners of outdoor lighting design competition.

  • Reply March 4, 2013

    Jennifer Mckingley

    Great job winners! Congrats.

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