Winners were recently announced for the first annual Next Generation Luminaires competition recognizing excellence in the design of energy-efficient LED luminaires for general illumination, white light in commercial lighting applications.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America and the International Association of Lighting Designers, the competition was launched at LightFair in May 2008 and attracted 68 entries from 29 lighting companies. Of the 68 entries submitted, 22 were given special recognition in the market ready category and three of these were chosen as “best in class.” In the emerging category, five products were selected as noteworthy.

The Best in Class winners in the market-ready category came from three different manufacturers: GE which was selected for its ImmersionTM jewelry case lighting, Journée Lighting with its AZARA track-mounted luminaires, and Winona with its STEP03 indoor/outdoor step lighting.

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Best in Class Market Ready Luminaires:

Journée Lighting - AZARA LED Luminaire.

Journée Lighting - AZARA LED Luminaire.

Journée Lighting – AZARA LED Luminaire. “The AZARA LED, by Journée Lighting, features a bold aesthetic design and innovative features, providing an attractive and efficient alternative to traditional track lighting sources. AZARA’s housing is sculpted to appeal to the eye while it performs as an active heat sink. Journée’s new patent-pending Sprocket LED Light Engine gives users the ability to upgrade or replace the LED engine as LED technology advances. The lamp comes in three color temperatures and two beam angles (12°, 27°).”

Winona LED™ STEP03.

Winona LED™ STEP03.

Winona LED™ STEP03. “Winona LED™ has developed a step light with great lateral distribution, integral drivers, and a concealed optic. The STEP03 step light comes in three styles, is available in 3-, 6-, 9-, or 12-inch-wide apertures and eight color choices, in light color temperatures ranging from warm white (3000K) to cool white (6500K).”

GE Immersion™ LED Jewelry Display Case Lighting.

GE Immersion™ LED Jewelry Display Case Lighting.

GE Immersion™ LED Jewelry Display Case Lighting. “The GE Immersion™ LED Jewelry Display Case Lighting provides cases with bright, uniform light that brings out dramatically more sparkle than competing fluorescent systems. Combined with the added benefits of long life, advanced thermal management, worry-free maintenance, and GE reliability, this efficient LED system will continue to dazzle customers for many years to come.”

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