Philips to Launch Sales of Shares in Lighting Unit

Royal Philips announced that it intends to sell shares in the lighting business unit via a public offering. This culminates a process started in 2014, when the company announced it intended to sell its lighting unit.

Royal Philips initially intends to sell at least 25% of the shares in the IPO. After the IPO, Royal Philips will retain a majority holding with the aim of fully selling down over the next several years as the company focuses on its health tech business.

Analysts have valued the lighting business unit at about $5.8 billion.

New Technology Trends and LED Luminaires

At Light + Building 2016, Philips research expert Marc de Samber introduced an external expert, Robert Karlicek, who made a presentation about technology trends and their impact on LED luminaires.

Interesting stuff. Check it out:

Product Monday: High Performance Wall Slot by Finelite

Finelite’s High Performance Wall Slot (HP-WS) is a perimeter luminaire delivering a wash of light at the transition between wall and ceiling planes and providing both general ambient and vertical illumination. Available in 2′, 3′, 4, and 8′ section lengths that can be combined to make longer runs, and 2″, 4″, and 6″ regressed-optic options. Optional telescoping sections provide an accurate fit with uniform illumination. Performance up to 771 lumens per foot with 90% of initial light output (L90) at 100,000 hours. Available in 3000K, 3500K and 4000K CCT. Dimming standard. 10-year performance-based warranty. 10-working-day shipping on standard orders.

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Philips’ Tim McKinney on Outdoor Area Lighting Trends

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Tim McKinney, Product Marketing (Outdoor) North America, Philips Lighting. The topic: trends in outdoor area lighting. I’m happy to share his responses with you here. The interview informed an article I wrote for the March 2016 issue of tED.

DiLouie: How would you characterize demand for outdoor area lighting?

McKinney: The demand for Outdoor area lighting is stronger than ever. Public safety continues to be of the utmost importance in today’s society and lighting plays a major role in providing a safer environment. Demand is also being spurred by new technological innovations particularly in the area of connected lighting. Connected luminaires are beginning to appear for every conceivable professional lighting application, from street lighting to office lighting to façade lighting to display lighting in shops and supermarkets. Connected lighting goes far beyond the idea of controls as you can read in this article: http://origin.www.futureoflight.philips.com/post/130067433906/connected-lighting-the-internet-of-illuminated

DiLouie: How would you characterize demand for LED outdoor area lighting?

McKinney: The demand for LEDs is much higher than HID in nearly all categories and continues to increase every year. When comparing the pricing for conventional HID luminaires to today’s LED luminaires, especially when comparing the total cost of ownership, the conversion to LED is a great choice.

What percentage of new unit sales of outdoor area luminaires is specified with LED sources relative to traditional sources like HID?

In some applications the percentage of new unit sales compared to HID can be as high as 95% for LED. On average for total Outdoor area, we estimate the market to be around 65%. By 2019 this share will be more like 80% according to research by Navigant.

DiLouie: What characteristics of the LED source particularly lend themselves to outdoor area lighting? What are the benefits of using LED in this type of luminaire?

McKinney: At the highest level, LEDs are point sources so you can put the light where you want and need it versus simply spreading light all over. This is a major benefit of LEDs. Even in Outdoor area lighting, there are varying needs from retail applications to automotive and pedestrian traffic. These all need to be illuminated properly without compromising adjacent properties and spaces. LEDs with specialized, individual optical control makes this possible.

DiLouie: How are today’s LED outdoor area luminaires substantially different in terms of design than their HID predecessors?

McKinney: Due to the sensitive nature of the light source in terms of thermal ranges and effect on lumen output and life, today’s luminaires require a much more sophisticated and thoughtful engineering design. This also means there needs to be robust testing to make sure the LEDs meet their promises over the entire life of the product.

DiLouie: How would you categorize outdoor area luminaires in terms of equipment/application types? Which do LED lend themselves most well?

McKinney: Our Outdoor area luminaires cover a wide range of applications, and we provide luminaires that fit nearly every value proposition. Regardless of whether the customer is motivated by price, aesthetics, performance, or even “connected” lighting options, we have a luminaire or family of luminaires to fit their need. The great thing about LEDs, is that they are versatile providing significant energy savings and control capabilities for all applications.

DiLouie: Is there a white goods and specification segment of the market? How big is each (compared to the other)? How predominant is LED in each?

McKinney: There is always a market for lower cost, less featured, and to some extent high volume luminaires even in the Outdoor area lighting category, regardless of the source. Additionally and thankfully, there is also a market where aesthetics, performance, and other features and benefits are valued and selected. In terms of the size of each market, it’s difficult to say with any degree of real accuracy but both are significant.

For new construction, the overwhelming majority is LED. HID continues to be sold as replacements in older installations where the entire site may not be changing, or once again where price of luminaire is the primary consideration for purchasing. Additionally, some areas of the country enjoy lower energy rates where “energy savings” and “financial payback” aren’t as significant. The great thing about that is as a manufacturer we continue to offer luminaires with HID and LED sources continuing to serve the entire market.

DiLouie: What are the top three technological trends in LED outdoor area luminaire design? What are the benefits of these trends?

McKinney: First, LEDs continue to improve every year. This allows Outdoor area luminaire designs to be more efficacious using fewer LEDs to produce the same amount of light or deliver more light if needed with less energy. This lowers our costs and the price to the consumer.

Secondly, we are at a turning point in lighting controls. We are now seeing control systems evolve to take advantage of the digital nature of LED lighting. LEDs can be readily integrated with other intelligent systems like mobile and cloud-based technologies.

Thirdly, the demand for a broader range of color temperatures is increasing. Initially, in Outdoor area lighting, delivering “enough” lumens to compete with HID was a challenge at a price point the market would accept. The “cooler” temperatures were much more efficacious at the time when compared to the “warmer” colors we have available today, and therefore the dominant choice in Outdoor area lighting was around 5700K. This gap in lumen output based on color temperature is declining and as a result the market has shifted significantly towards the warmer colors in almost every application. Today the dominant color is 4000K, with the demand and the desire for even warmer colors on the rise.

DiLouie: What kinds of optical systems are available with LED outdoor area luminaires, and how do they differ in terms of utility, cost and applications?

McKinney: In today’s global market place and purchasing capabilities over the internet, all kinds of “components” and optical systems are available today to anyone. A wide variety of materials and distributions, and a host of promises are rampant. The thing to remember is that anyone can deliver light.

But truly understanding the characteristics of the entire Solid State Lighting system, and designing accordingly is the differentiator. Regardless of the optics used, if the thermal properties of the LED, and the driver, and any other electronic component are not managed properly, the expected life of the system and the promises will not be met.

DiLouie: Where are these trends taking us? What will LED outdoor area luminaires look like in 3-5 years? Integrated technologies, interactive capabilities?

McKinney: Even though we are less restricted today in terms of our design capabilities and aesthetics based on the size of the LEDs and other material and light source choices, the mainstream luminaires themselves may not” look” that much different in 3-5 years.

But you’re right in asking about the technologies and interactive capabilities. I often say, “Remember when a phone was a phone?” The same is true for lighting and where we are in the “beyond lumination” journey.

One of my favorite recent examples is Claudia Paz’s three-dimensional interactive façade for the Banco del Credito in Lima, Peru. She has created a truly monumental yet subtle installation. For certain hours in the early evening anyone can step up to an interactive podium and create different natural scenes like sand or rain. The experience is accompanied by a custom soundtrack Paz created with her collaborators. The interaction is intuitive and poetic at the same time. Of course this goes far beyond site and area lighting for functional illumination. Still, it is part of the breadth lighting offers for outdoor spaces.

Advancements in sensors, connected lighting capabilities for control and feedback, public assistance and city wide emergency response capabilities, homeland and localized security needs, all make lighting an interesting choice for these types of capabilities.

DiLouie: What opportunities are there today with lighting controls being integrated with LED outdoor area luminaires? What types of controls are used, and what are their benefits?

McKinney: Controls provide multiple benefits. The primary benefit is increased energy reduction providing even greater savings to the owner and reducing our carbon footprint on the world. We’re all aware of the dimming capabilities of LED, a significant benefit over HID. And of course added motion sensing and daylight sensing can also be used to manage light levels and once again reduce energy.

Additional controls and systems can also be used to proactively monitor the performance of the luminaires themselves and report any variances/outages as needed. This significantly reduces maintenance and management costs, and provides quicker response to repair or replace damaged luminaires to improve public safety.

Additional benefits and other opportunities with LEDs ad controls with the proper systems are to use lighting and “color” to enhance your property or City to improve the experience. Entire spaces can be converted to bring people together, enjoy the night life outdoors, and improve the financial outlook in that area. All very beneficial to any property owner or City official. Again more than just simple on/off or dimming is the real benefits of solid state lighting and systems.

We are also taking a unique approach to outdoor controls. For example, through our work with Los Angeles we have shown how it is possible to revolutionize the control of street lighting and other outdoor lighting. Los Angeles is the first city in the world to control its street lighting through mobile and cloud-based technologies. With almost no commissioning effort at all the city will be able to connect to all its assets directly. Over time performance data or energy consumption metrics can be share with multiple systems across the city. We are about to experience a radical shift in how control systems are deployed in outdoor lighting.

DiLouie: What should distributors be doing right now to maximize the value they offer to their customers in lighting projects featuring LED products?

McKinney: As mentioned before, anyone can deliver light. Our industry today is inundated with so many new manufacturers making claims about light equivalency and life. And when they fail, they hurt the industry and the technology.

My recommendation to every consumer or distributor is to make sure those claims are valid and supported with proper engineering and certifications. Additionally, ask for or recommend that an application layout is done to ensure that the right amount of light levels and uniformity are being delivered for that application. Regardless of how it is was lit before in the case of a renovation; the space and needs may have changed and therefore, so should the lighting.

DiLouie: If you could tell the entire electrical industry just one thing about LED outdoor area luminaires, what would it be?

McKinney: Depending on the application, LEDs represent 60 – 99% of our total sales in Outdoor area lighting and growing rapidly. With hundreds of thousands of installations, we’re confident in the technology when designed properly, and we’re very excited about the future of LEDs and integrated systems to enhance all of our lives. This is truly a very exciting time in the Lighting Industry.

DiLouie: Is there anything else you’d like to add about this topic?

McKinney: Many companies, including ours, can provide educational opportunities to assist in the continued education and advancement of LED and systems knowledge. Just ask. We’re here to help.

Osram Introduces 10° Binning for White LEDs

New “TEN°” binning from Osram Opto Semiconductors provides the basis for extreme color consistency for white LEDs that are used as single-LED light sources in lighting solutions such as spotlights and downlights.

To achieve this, the current standard CIE 1931 2° xy color space has been supplemented with CIE 2015 10° u‘v‘, recently developed by the International Commission on Illumination and implemented by Osram Opto Semiconductors as 10° binning.

In contrast to the established CIE 1931 2° color space, the recently developed CIE 2015 10° corresponds more closely to the physiological perception of color. This subject is of particular interest for achieving uniform illumination from spotlights and downlights in which individual white CoB LEDs are primarily used.

This new binning will be used for the first time in the new generation of the Soleriq S 13. If Soleriq LEDs that have been binned on the basis of these latest findings are installed in spotlights, for example, it will be much easier to avoid differences in light colors compared with products grouped according to the old CIE 1931 2° standard. This in turn means fewer process stages for luminaire manufacturers that would otherwise be necessary because of different white color impressions in the ultimate application.

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Standard 3 SDCM binning in the CIE 1931 2° xy color space

Standard 3 SDCM binning in the CIE 1931 2° xy color space

“TEN°” binning in the 2015 10° u’v’ color space.

“TEN°” binning in the 2015 10° u’v’ color space.

Next Generation Luminaires™ Design Competition Recognizes 25 Commercial LED Indoor and Outdoor Lighting Products

nglThe eighth annual Next Generation Luminaires (NGL) Solid-State Lighting (SSL) Design Competition has recognized 25 commercial LED indoor and outdoor lighting products for excellence. The winners were announced at LIGHTFAIR.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Illuminating Engineering Society, and the International Association of Lighting Designers, NGL was launched in 2008 to encourage technical innovation and promote excellence in the design of energy-efficient LED luminaires for commercial, industrial, and institutional applications.

A number of improvements were observed in the 2016 NGL entries. For example, efficacy for all submitted products was consistently higher than in previous years – although efficacies of Recognized indoor products were roughly the same as in 2015. About four-fifths of all submitted products had lumen maintenance greater than 85% (L85) at 50,000 hours. And for the first time, a significant number (31%) of awarded indoor products had a color rendering index (CRI) > 90.

The idea behind NGL is to make it easier to find the best specification-grade LED lighting products. This means Recognized products have to measure up on many fronts. The 2016 NGL entries were evaluated by a panel of judges (11 for indoor, 10 for outdoor) drawn from the architectural and outdoor lighting communities, and were scored on color, illuminance, glare control, light distribution, serviceability, value, dimming control, and appearance – with lumen maintenance and luminous efficacy ratings based on LM79, LM80, and TM21 submitted to DOE’s LED Lighting Facts program by the manufacturers.

NGL continues to focus on key applications where product quality or availability clearly lags market opportunity. This permits more in-depth and rigorous evaluation, rather than spreading effort over many well-established luminaire categories. Reflecting this focus, two new categories were judged for the first time in 2016: connected lighting (indoor) and sports lighting (outdoor). Altogether, the 2016 NGL indoor and outdoor competitions recognized a total of 25 luminaires out of 93 judged entries, with five of the 25 highlighted as Outstanding.

ngl2The Outstanding winners in the Indoor competition came from three manufacturers: Focal Point’s Nera linear pendant, Eaton’s Portfolio dim-to-warm downlight, and Kenall Lighting’s white-tunable MedMaster Balance. Among the other Recognized indoor winners, Visa Lighting, Selux Corporation, and LED Linear GmbH all earned praise for their decorative pendant luminaires; and Philips Ledalite received recognition for two of its linear pendant luminaires. Selux Corporation, Acuity Brands Lighting Inc., and Acuity’s Juno Lighting Group were recognized for their white-tunable luminaires, with METEOR LIGHTING receiving recognition for its high-output downlight. Juno Lighting Group earned praise for its recessed accent light; LF Illumination and LumenWerx, for their cove lights; and QuarkStar, in collaboration with Everlight, for a wall wash luminaire.

Connected lighting systems – which integrate luminaires, sensors, and software to monitor and control operation – received special emphasis in the 2016 indoor competition, a first for NGL. Two basic types of connected lighting systems were submitted: those with an external controller and networked luminaires, represented by EnLighted’s Lighting Control Solution, and those with self-contained network controls integrated into the luminaires, represented by Cree’s SmartCast Technology and Philips’ SpaceWise Technology. The judges did not find any single connected-lighting entry to be generally superior, but rather noted that each has benefits and limitations in different applications.

For outdoor products, the target areas included pedestrian-scale luminaires; garage luminaires; and typical roadway, parking-lot, and wall-pack categories. Integrated sensors were evaluated for the garage luminaires, while simple dimming control was required for most other categories. Of the 31 products making it past the prescreening process in the outdoor competition, nine were recognized across just four categories, with two of those products considered Outstanding.

The Outstanding winners in the outdoor competition included Landscape Forms, Inc.’s FGP Path Light bollard and Cree’s RSW Series LED Street Luminaire. Among the other Recognized outdoor winners, First Light Technologies and Selux Corporation earned praise for their bollards, and Landscape Forms Inc. and Eaton received recognition for their pedestrian-scale post-top luminaires. Kenall Lighting, RAB Lighting Inc., and Philips Gardco were recognized for their parking garage luminaires.

The 2016 outdoor competition included sports lighting for the first time. While significant advances have been made in LED sports-lighting equipment for large arena and stadium applications, there remains a need for high-quality, affordable lighting to meet the demands of smaller exterior installations such as high-school and recreation fields, where lower mounting heights call for improved glare management, and light scatter beyond property boundaries can be an issue. The two NGL sports luminaires evaluated – Eaton’s Ephesus Lighting Stadium Pro and KMV’s SUFA-A Sports Luminaire – were considered Notable but were not recognized as fully appropriate for recreational applications.

Through a rigorous evaluation process and detailed feedback from expert judges, the Next Generation Luminaires competition encourages and recognizes exceptional performance and quality in LEDs for general-illumination lighting.

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Architecture Billings Index Ends the First Quarter on an Upswing

The Architecture Billings Index reflects consecutive months of increasing demand for design activity at architecture firms. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate 9- to 12-month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the March ABI score was 51.9, up from the mark of 50.3 in the previous month. This score reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 58.1, down from a reading of 59.5 the previous month.

“The first quarter was somewhat disappointing in terms of the growth of design activity, but fortunately expanded a bit entering the traditionally busy spring season. The Midwest is lagging behind the other regions, but otherwise business conditions are generally healthy across the country,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “As the institutional market has cooled somewhat after a surge in design activity a year ago, the multi-family sector is reaccelerating at a healthy pace.”

Key March ABI highlights:

• Regional averages: South (52.4), Northeast (51.0), West (50.4), Midwest (49.8)
• Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (55.7), commercial / industrial (51.8), mixed practice (50.0), institutional (48.0)
• Project inquiries index: 58.1
• Design contracts index: 51.8

The regional and sector categories are calculated as a 3-month moving average, whereas the national index, design contracts and inquiries are monthly numbers.

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Product Monday: Soraa Moves Beyond Lamps with New Ambient Luminaires

Soraa has expanded its product portfolio with the Gable and Barrel, two new ambient LED luminaire series. These products combine the company’s optical design expertise with its Violet-Emission 3-Phosphor (VP₃) LED technology, resulting in specification-grade luminaire options offering good lens uniformity, CRI>90 and DLC-compliant efficacies.

At only 3 in. in depth, the Soraa Barrel series has a curved arch form and is available in 2’x2’ and 1’x4’ dimensions. The extruded aluminum Knife Edge frame provides thermal management and visual separation between frame and lens. Additionally, the Knife Edge detail increases depth perception of the arch while maintaining the 3-in. housing depth. The luminaire is well-suited to shallow ceiling plenums where HVAC and structural interference is an issue. Designed for lay-in and gypsum board ceilings, the Soraa Barrel series delivers up to 3200 lumens and standard dimming driver options include 0-10V, Lutron and EldoLED.

The Soraa Gable series appears frameless, giving it a clean and contemporary aesthetic in 2’x2’ and 1’x4’ dimensions. Luuminous, two uniform angled lenses gable up into a center spine element that also glows. All mechanical details are concealed on the luminaire and is designed for lay-in and gypsum board ceilings. The Soraa Gable series delivers up to 3200 lumens and standard dimming driver options include 0-10V, Lutron and EldoLED.

Both series are available in 3000K, 3500K and 4000K CCT.

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Jim Brodrick on LIGHTFAIR 2016

Republication of Postings from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solid-State Lighting Program

by Jim Brodrick, SSL Program Manager, U.S. Department of Energy

A big thanks to those of you who stopped by the DOE booth at LIGHTFAIR International last week. My apologies if things got a little crowded in there at times, but our educational presentations were a big draw and resulted in standing-room-only crowds — a reflection of the widespread, avid interest there is in learning all the nuances of solid-state lighting technology. In addition to giving those interactive booth presentations and fielding questions from the many people who happened by at other times during the show, the members of DOE’s SSL team were busy speaking in sessions on the LIGHTFAIR conference agenda. But we also found time to walk the show floor, and I thought I’d share a few observations with you.

One thing that struck us was the growing responsiveness of manufacturers to input from customers on what matters most to them. Sometimes that’s cost — as reflected in the fact that there was more emphasis this year on designs to drive costs down, despite some resulting tradeoff dips in performance (e.g., we saw more use of chip-on-board packages in luminaires, which typically causes a reduction in efficacy as well as a need for more aggressive glare mitigation because of the high-intensity source). Sometimes customers want products that perform in specific ways to meet the demands of certain applications — such as the one with LED chromaticity intentionally five steps below the blackbody locus, and the many outdoor luminaires offering 2700K and 3000K options. And sometimes customers simply want increased visual comfort — as evidenced by the many diffusers and waveguides we saw being used in various products to mitigate glare. The net result of this responsiveness to customer input has been a fine-tuning of SSL products that’s creating far more choices than ever before.

There are still plenty of manufacturers going after the replacement lamp market, from the increasing number of LED “corncobs” being sold as replacements for high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps, to the equally numerous LED vintage (exposed “filament”) lamps and many varieties of TLED replacements for linear fluorescent lamps. In fact, it was clear that there are now LED bulbs of every flavor — from HID replacements, to MR16s, to A-lamps, to tubes. This is a double-edged sword, though, because while it makes it easy to deploy SSL, it also imposes the constraints of the old form factors. Flicker continues to be a problem with all categories of products, especially upon dimming. But we also saw products in virtually all categories that exhibit no visible flicker.

What was more heartening to see were the examples of excellent LED-based solutions that improve lighting design and solve application challenges. We saw directional lamps and luminaires with much improved beam control and options; beautiful waveguide luminaires that minimize glare; great options for high color quality, with some leading manufacturers now reporting TM-30 color metrics; an increasing number of color options in outdoor lighting; and an innovative color-changing luminous-ceiling approach that promises flexibility and visual interest along with easily controllable illumination.

Speaking of controllability, connected lighting products were on display in full force, eclipsing even the rapidly emerging color-tunable product category in terms of sheer numbers. But rather than finding that the larger manufacturers were each pursuing different angles and aspects of connected lighting, we were surprised at the relative commonality of both the technical approaches and the market-sector focuses. For example, several major manufacturers are focusing on products to serve the retail sector, and more specifically on value offered by indoor location services using visible light communication and Bluetooth low energy (BLE) beacons — and are promising to publish application programming interfaces for accessing data from these systems. Indoor location service itself appears to be showing up in many places and now has more uses than just opt-in store apps; e.g., it’s currently being employed at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to monitor traffic flow using BLE or Wifi signals. Controls seemed to be everywhere we looked at LIGHTFAIR, although few of them were interoperable with products made by rival manufacturers. And we saw lots of evidence of partnerships involving players outside of the traditional lighting industry, as connected lighting ushers in a whole new paradigm.

That paradigm promises a future with seemingly infinite options, many of them yet to be determined. We look forward to next year’s LIGHTFAIR, where we’ll see further indications of how it all unfolds.

GE Announces 2015 Edison Award Winners

Current, powered by GE has announced the winners of the 33rd annual GE Edison Awards. The competition recognizes excellence in professional lighting designs that use Current LED lighting products and controls. Entries are judged on functional excellence; architectural compatibility; effective use of GE LED products and techniques; appropriate color, form and texture revelation; energy efficiency; and cost effectiveness.

Winners were announced at an exclusive event at LIGHTFAIR. The winners are:

2015 Edison Award: Covington & Burling – Fisher Marantz Stone
Washington, DC, USA

This LEED Gold certified project – comprised of 99 percent LED lighting – reveals a softly glowing building, conveying a unified single-tenant presence throughout the 450,000 square-foot mixed office building.

More than 6,000 GE Tetra LED PowerGrid modules and 1,000 linear feet of Tetra LED Contour now flow continuously through the building, creating a strong visual connection that can be seen from exterior and interior views.

Photography: Richard Bryant, Arcaid Images

Photography: Richard Bryant, Arcaid Images

Award of Excellence: Sayn Foundry – Licht Kunst Licht AG
Bendrof, Germany

Built in 1830 near the Rhine River as an iron cathedral, the Sayner Hütte became a prototype of great architecture within European industrialization. Licht Kunst Licht AG carefully integrated fully controllable, RGB, warm and cool colored LED luminaires into the heritage-protected structures in this restoration.

The lighting uses a combination of GE Infusion LED 21W and 46W Modules in 2700K and 4000K, including adjustable spotlights equipped with snoots to give precise light distribution.

The precise and thoughtful illumination allows the Sayner Hütte glow from the inside, hinting its former utilization while significantly improving lighting efficiency and longevity.

Photography: Johannes Roloff, LichtKunstLichtAG

Photography: Johannes Roloff, LichtKunstLichtAG

Award of Excellence & Environmental Design: S.J. Quinney Law School Library – Spectrum Engineers, Inc.
Salt Lake City, UT, USA

The S.J. Quinney Law School Library at the University of Utah is filled with important legal books and resources, which need to be lit in an energy efficient manner. The state of-the-art center needed library lighting that fit an energy-efficient and effective design strategy for the building.

GE Albeo ALC Series LED Linear luminaires in 4000K are suspended in continuous rows between the tall and narrow stacks, achieving a modern look that efficiently illuminates the important tomes beneath.

Along with daylight dimming and time clock controls, occupancy sensors attached to the end of each tandem row of luminaires achieved an additional 30% reduction in energy use.

Photography: Heather L. King, Spectrum Engineers

Photography: Heather L. King, Spectrum Engineers

Award of Merit: Hotel Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine – Licht Kunst Licht AG
Valladolid, Spain

A former monastery from the 12th century has been converted into a Relais & Château five-star hotel and spa – situated in the heart of the world famous wine region Ribero del Duero in central Spain.

Where monks used to pray in silence, custom illumination sensitively using LED technology provides guests a place of calm, well-being and relaxation.

Dimmable GE 6W LED PAR lamps in 2700 K with 35° beam spread are used in wall-mounted luminaires. GE 6W LED candle lamps compliment decorative pendants. Other GE LED replacement lamps are used in multiple elements of the lighting design to compliment the historical architecture.

Photography: Marcus Ebener

Photography: Marcus Ebener

Award of Merit: Charlotte Douglas International Airport Parking Deck – Hartranft Lighting Design, LLC
Charlotte, NC, USA

Artfully lighted wayfinding concepts, ceilings, and underlighted stairwells with GE Tetra LED Contour provide strong contrast to the familiar blue backlighting of the exterior skin.

GE Tetra LED PowerGrid modules within large metal ribbons evenly illuminate layers of white and colored lenses.

The result is a project that is true to the overall design of the airport campus, and stands well on its own unique design.

Photography: Architectural Image Group

Photography: Architectural Image Group

Award of Merit: 1 Hotel Central Park – Focus Lighting
New York, NY, USA

The 1 Hotel Central Park lighting design focuses on minimizing energy use, employing layers of LEDs to capture the beauty found in the hotel’s reclaimed materials and live agricultural elements.

GE LED MR16 lamps were used in downlights in the bar and GE 7W LED MR16 lamps were used for all of the hotel’s accents.

The design is 24% below the maximum allowable energy usage, a level at which the hotel can speak proudly of limiting its energy footprint.

Photography: Ryan Fischer, Focus Lighting

Photography: Ryan Fischer, Focus Lighting

Special Citation, Exterior Lighting Creativity: Casa Naranja – Arq. Pablo Pizarro Diseño de Iluminación & AFT Arquitectos
Córdoba, Argentina

Tarjeta Naranja opened a new home to the company headquarters in August 2015.

The colorful façade becomes an icon at night, as the colors of the sunscreen become alive, and the projectors can be programmed to change every day.

Efficient, energy saving lighting was mandatory and a majority of lighting fixtures use GE LED lamps, including the GE 7W LED Energy Smart MR16 lamp in 3000K.

Photography: Arq. Gonzalo Viramonte

Photography: Arq. Gonzalo Viramonte



Special Citation, Creative Use of Architecture and Light: Solo West Office Tower – Lichtwerke
Frankfurt, Germany

This ten-story office building underwent a complete renovation that earned LEED® Gold certification for sustainable construction.

The height of the two-story lobby is exaggerated by a wall composed of vertical lamellae. Luminaires using the GE LED Infusion Modules are set in between the ceiling and the lamellae illuminate the wall elements from above.

The 3000 K light sources, GE Infusion M2000 Modules, remain invisible so the walls appear to glow.

Photography: Zooey Braun, Germany

Photography: Zooey Braun, Germany


Click here to learn more about this year’s winners. Congratulations to all the winners!