Category: Awards

Award-Winning Controller + Antenna Extends Bluetooth Range To 900 Feet

McWong’s TruBlu Bluetooth mesh Fixture Controller with Long Range Antenna won two prestigious Innovation Awards at LightFair: The Technical Innovation Award and a Control Components & Hardware Category Award.

McWong’s TruBlu Bluetooth mesh Fixture Controller with Long Range Antenna won two prestigious Innovation Awards at LightFair: The Technical Innovation Award and a Control Components & Hardware Category Award.

The TruBlu Bluetooth mesh Fixture Controller with Long Range Antenna offers flexible and powerful networked lighting control outdoors. Since hardwiring is cost-prohibitive for outdoor applications, the introduction of a long-range (900ft) Bluetooth mesh wireless controller that can be integrated directly into a wide range of commercially-available fixtures enables more applications to utilize Bluetooth mesh. Together with features like continuous dimming, DLC certification, zone and luminaire level lighting control options, this controller enables cost-effective Bluetooth mesh control for outdoor lighting.

More information is available here.

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Innovative Outdoor Lighting Design Nominated For Award

A bat ‘superhighway’ with specially tuned lighting has been nominated for a Build Back Better Award., a London-based awards program.

A bat ‘superhighway’ with specially tuned lighting has been nominated for a Build Back Better Award., a London-based awards program. The streetlights along a stretch of road in Frederiksborgvej, Denmark, have been designed to have a minimal impact on the local bat population while providing the required lux and uniformity levels for Danish road and cycle path standards.

The design practice, Light Bureau, used red light because research shows that it is less disruptive on wildlife while allowing people to find their way and maintaining their dark adaptation, and night vision. The project – dubbed ‘We Share The Night’ – consists of 30 bollards of 1-meter height spaced 30 meters apart to create corridors of complete darkness, allowing for light-shy species to cross.

Where cyclists and pedestrians cross the road, 12 higher poles of 3.5 meters have been placed, creating a change in the environment, helping to improve awareness and increase safety in these specific areas. The light level is 2.5 hemispherical lux and the uniformity is 0.15 in the area where cyclists cross the street.

The Gladsaxe Kommune municipality created an awareness campaign in local media to inform local residents why the project used red light, which is radically different from what people would normally expect from street lighting. The special luminaires were supplied by Danish lighting supplier Focus Lighting AS, a firm with a big commitment to sustainability, with modular design and its own repair and reconditioning workshop.

Designers on the project include Philip JelvardRune Brandt HermannssonHenrik Sode and Allan Nielsen. Photograph by Rune Brandt Hermannsson. Jonas Jørgensen was the project leader for the municipality.

In the coming months, the lighting design will be assessed by judges in the lighting category of the Build Back Better Awards, a London-based award program. The Awards celebrate innovation, creativity, social purpose, and environmental leadership in the built environment, and close to entries on Friday, July 29, 2022.

Check out this podcast for more details.

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2022 Dark Sky Awards Now Taking Submissions

The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) is now accepting nomination submissions for their 2022 Awards & Recognition Program.

The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) is now accepting nomination submissions for their 2022 Awards & Recognition Program. Whether you’ve dedicated decades to reducing light pollution, brought innovative dark sky solutions to the lighting industry, or are an up-and-coming defender of the dark, the International Dark-Sky Association would like to celebrate your commitment to the dark sky movement.

The 2022 IDA Award nomination period is open through July 15, 2022. The IDA Awards Committee will review nominations and submit recommendations to the Board of Directors for ratification. Awards will be announced by October 1, 2022.

Each awardee receives:

  • Personalized award
  • Congratulatory letter from IDA’s President and Executive Director
  • One year complimentary membership to IDA

You can apply here.

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2022 IES Progress Report Now Accepting Submissions

The IES is looking for significant new advancements in lighting products, research, publications, and design tools from the past year.

The IES is looking for significant new advancements in lighting products, research, publications, and design tools from the past year. Submit your entries here for consideration in the 2022 IES Progress Report.

The mission of the Progress Committee is to keep in touch with developments in the art and science of lighting throughout the world and prepare a yearly report of achievements for the Society. Acceptance is based on an impartial judging process used by the committee to evaluate each submission on its uniqueness, innovation, and significance to the lighting industry.

Submissions accepted into the Progress Report will be:

Submission Deadline is July 1, 2022

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IESNYC Lumen Award Winners Announced

The New York City Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IESNYC) announces the recipients of the 2022 Lumen Awards at the 54th Lumen Gala held last night (June 16) at Pier 60 in Chelsea Piers.

The New York City Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IESNYC) announces the recipients of the 2022 Lumen Awards at the 54th Lumen Gala held last night (June 16) at Pier 60 in Chelsea Piers.

“We carry the difficulties of the past two years in our hearts, but we raised our glasses high, along with over 800 Gala attendees, and savored being together, once again,” says Lumen Committee Co-Chairs Clara Powell (Cooledge Lighting) and Adrienne Shulman (ERCO Lighting). “We can’t wait to enjoy the magnificent work that has been created by our New York City lighting community and encourage others to do so too.”

This year, ten lighting design firms received a total of 12 Lumen Awards for their winning projects. The award-winning projects are presented in three categories: The Lumen Award of Excellence, the highest level of recognition for permanent architectural application; the Lumen Award of Merit, in recognition for a meritorious permanent architectural application; and a Lumen Citation, in recognition for an art installation, technical detail, portion of a single project, temporary installation, or other work.

  • In the category of Awards of Excellence, four were presented. Fisher Marantz Stone two awards. One for Little Island, and the second for a Confidential Aerospace Defense / Headquarters; Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design won for the Stony Brook Medicine MART Building and Children’s Hospital Tower; and Renfro Design Group for the Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals at the American Museum of Natural History.
  • In the category of Merit Awards, five were presented. L’Observatoire
    International won for the Winter Visual Arts Center at Franklin & Marshall
    College; Anita Jorgensen Lighting Design for Manitoga / The Russel Wright
    Design Center; KGM Architectural Lighting for the 550 Madison Avenue Lobby;
    Buro Happold for the Denver Art Museum; and TM Light won for the Bike Barn at The Thedan School.
  • In the category of Citation Awards, three were presented. Sighte Studio won for Light Gowanus; Buro Happold for Terra–The Sustainability Pavilion, and One Lux Studio won for the Deutsche Bank Center Lobby.Over 100 submissions were received and reviewed by the 2022 Lumen Award Jury: Glen Fasman (Principal, Bliss Fasman; Michael Hennes (Associate Principal, CBBLD); Carrie Meadows (Associate Editor, LEDs Magazine), Kelly Roberts (Studio Director, WALD Studio and President, WILD), Claudia Saavedra (Lighting Designer, R.G. Vanderweil); Richard Southwick (Partner, Director of Historic Preservation, Beyer Blinder Belle); and Beth Turomsha (Senior Lighting Designer and Studio Leader, Schuler Shook).

A signature program of the IESNYC, the Lumen Awards, and Gala, showcase and celebrate excellence in lighting design. The Gala, billed as the “lighting event of the year,” was on hiatus for the past two years due to COVID. The recipients of the 2020 and 2021 Lumen Awards and their winning projects, previously announced online, were also acknowledged and feted at this year’s Gala.

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Three Award Programs Currently Accepting Submissions

Three major lighting industry award programs are currently accepting nominations and submissions.

WIL Awards 2022

The WIL Awards highlight the achievements of women in lighting. They seek to celebrate outstanding women in the following categories for 2022: Light Art, Research and Education, and Engineering. The award makes these women visible and shares them with the world.

The WIL Awards are seeking nominations for women working in these lighting fields whose work you find unique, inspiring, worthy, and believe the community should know about. The deadline to submit nominations is April 30, 2022. More information on the awards is here.

Metamorphosis Awards

Retrofit Magazine is now accepting submissions for its fourth-annual Metamorphosis Awards, honoring architects, designers and contractors for excellence in renovation, retrofits, and more. View the 20192020 and 2021 winners. The awards recognize outstanding work retrofitting commercial, industrial and institutional buildings.

  • Entrants must be an architect, designer, contractor or another member of the design/construction team.
  • Projects must be completed between Jan. 1, 2020, and July 15, 2022.
  • New construction projects are not eligible.
  • Projects must be built; on-the-boards drawings are not eligible.
  • Projects previously published in retrofit or on www.retrofitmagazine.com are eligible for the Metamorphosis Awards.
  • Entry of a single project in more than one category is permitted as long as the entry meets each category’s definition. (There is no limit to the number of entries a firm can have in any category.)
  • Entries must be anonymous. During the submission process, do not upload your narrative on company letterhead or include company logos on images/drawings. (Judges will not see team/materials lists.)
  • By submitting an entry, entrants acknowledge wording from applications and submissions may be used as submitted or in edited versions by retrofit staff.
  • The cost per entry is $135.

The submission deadline is July 15, 2022. More information is available here.

BrightStar Awards

LEDs Magazine and its parent company, Endeavor Business Media, have launched a new recognition program, the LEDs Magazine BrightStar Awards. Like its predecessor, LEDs Magazine’s Sapphire Awards, the BrightStar Awards aims to recognize ingenuity in commercial product offerings across the LED and solid-state lighting (SSL) supply chain. The entry fee is $595, however, a $100 discount is available for multiple entries.

The submission deadline is April 22, 2022. More information is available here.

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DOE’s Integrated Lighting Campaign Extends Recognition Application Deadline And Publishes New Case Studies

The ILC has extended its deadline to submit projects for its 2022 Exemplary Performance Recognition Cycle, from March 30 to now April 15, 2022.

US DOE’s Integrated Lighting Campaign (ILC) is a recognition and guidance program designed to help facility owners, operators, and managers. The ILC focuses on high-efficiency lighting and control systems that are integrated with other building systems (e.g., HVAC and/or plug loads) for added efficiency and performance. The ILC also focuses on the integration of lighting with operational functions (e.g., asset tracking, wayfinding, security systems, etc.).

The ILC has extended its deadline to submit projects for its 2022 Exemplary Performance Recognition Cycle, from March 30 to now April 15, 2022. The ILC is seeking:

  • ILC Participants (organizations including building owners, operators, and managers) to submit projects that they would like to have considered for recognition.
  • ILC Supporters (utilities, energy efficiency organizations, lighting designers, and ESCOs) to submit for recognition for their efforts to support and implement the use of advanced technologies that facilitate integration in buildings.

ILC Participants (organizations including building owners, operators, and managers) are encouraged to submit projects—indoor or outdoor—that they would like to have considered for recognition. The Campaign seeks to highlight applications that have a positive impact on energy justice, diversity, equity, or inclusion. Projects that support the unique needs of under-served communities through their deployment or installation should provide relevant information in the narratives. Projects can be submitted here.

In addition, the ILC has published several new case studies featuring last year’s recognized participants. The case studies are provided as resources for facility owners and managers who are thinking of completing similar advanced lighting projects. The case studies cover advanced lighting strategies and lessons learned.

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LEDs Magazine Rebrands Sapphire Awards To Become BrightStar Awards

LEDs Magazine has rebranded the former Sapphire Awards and has relaunched the program as the BrightStar Awards.

LEDs Magazine has rebranded the former Sapphire Awards and has relaunched the program as the BrightStar Awards. Brightstar Awards will honor innovative LED and solid-state lighting technologies across the supply and design chain. They are focused on recognizing ingenuity in products, addressing five key factors: performance, reliability, efficiency, ease of integration/use, and innovation.

Award categories will be:

  • LED Light Sources
  • LED & SSL Components, Design Tools, and Materials
  • Connected SSL, Software, & Controls
  • Indoor SSL
  • Outdoor SSL
  • Circadian Lighting Technologies
  • Horticultural SSL & Control Systems
  • LED-based Disinfection Technologies
  • Specialty SSL & System Technologies

More information is available here.

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DOE Announces Phase 1 Winners of L-Prize Lighting Competition

U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm announced the four winners in Phase 1 of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lighting Prize (L-Prize®) at the Building Technologies Office’s annual Solid-State Lighting Workshop.

U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm announced the four winners in Phase 1 of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lighting Prize (L-Prize®) at the Building Technologies Office’s annual Solid-State Lighting Workshop. The L-Prize® is a $12.2 million prize lighting competition launched by DOE in May 2021. The L-Prize® is designed to spur groundbreaking innovation, domestic manufacturing, and the benefits of an inclusive, clean-energy economy for next-generation lighting solutions in commercial buildings.

The L-Prize Concept Phase winners are:

  • Project Tango, submitted by QuarkStar of Las Vegas, Nevada. The networked, white-tunable luminaire concept leverages innovations in optics, LED, and power conversion technology to deliver high efficacy, exceptional quality of light, and precise control of light distribution.
  • Sustainable and Connected Troffer Retrofit, submitted by Orion Energy Systems of Jacksonville, Florida. The concept offers a high-efficacy, networked LED luminaire with advanced controls that can be retrofitted in less than two minutes to an existing fluorescent luminaire.
  • Laterally Symmetrical Level 3 Engine for 3D Printing, submitted by Smash the Bulb/Bridgelux of Mountain View, California. This 3D-printed semi-indirect luminaire concept uses a high-performance light engine that requires no secondary optics and delivers high efficacy and excellent quality of light; an innovative optical design that reduces losses and addresses glare; and a luminaire housing that can be 3D printed on the job site.
  • Papaya Modular Lighting Ecosystem, submitted by Papaya of Evanston, Illinois. This highly modular luminaire platform designed by a team from outside the lighting industry uses a unique community-based approach; an all open-source aspect offers opportunities for innovators of all types to participate in evolving and innovating this lighting solution over time.

Read the full DOE announcement here.

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Designing Lighting Magazine Publishes Listing Of Lighting Design & Lighting Product Awards + Winners

Designing Lighting Magazine, a leading publication about the business of lighting design, has published a database of global lighting design and lighting product awards, as well as the winners of those awards.

Designing Lighting Magazine, a leading publication about the business of lighting design, has published a database of global lighting design and lighting product awards, as well as the winners of those awards. The Award Database page also has an online form that allows designers to upload their own past award wins if the database doesn’t already include them. The database is most helpful for lighting designers and lighting product designers. It can be used to research awards around the globe, award-winning lighting design projects, and winning product designs.

Find the full award database here.

 

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