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IESNYC Announces Call for Entries for the Tenth Annual Student Lighting Competition

The New York City Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society has announced a call for entries for the Tenth Annual Student Lighting Competition. Students located within the IESNYC chapter are…

The New York City Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society has announced a call for entries for the Tenth Annual Student Lighting Competition. Students located within the IESNYC chapter are being invited to participate in this unique design competition; this includes anyone within the NYC area as well as Columbia, Dutchess, Green, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties.

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Each year, students of varied fields of study have submitted projects, resulting in a diverse showcase of ideas and interpretations on a single theme. This year, IESNYC is challenging students to interpret and express how light facilitates, defines, or bridges a point of transition. The students are to interpret and express this theme in the form of a 3D abstract lighting composition constructed of their choice of materials. All projects must have a title, incorporate at least one electric light source, and be easily transportable in a NYC cab.

The entries will be reviewed and scored by a jury of judges active within the NYC design community. Winners will be selected on the basis of originality and the overall quality of concept execution. The Grand Prize provides an opportunity for these emerging artists to earn $2,000 in cash in addition to an all-expense paid trip to the PLDA Lighting Workshop in Europe. The 2nd and 3rd place prizes will be $1,000 and $500 cash prize with a trip to GE’s Lighting Institute at Nela Park in Cleveland.

Competition registration will be accepted online through February 24, 2010. Projects will be held on March 3, 2010.

For more information and to register online, click here.

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GE Announces Call for Entries for GE Edison Award Competition

GE Consumer & Industrial has announced a call for entries for the 27th annual GE Edison Award competition. Through the competition, GE recognizes excellence and quality in professional lighting designs…

EdisonAwardGE Consumer & Industrial has announced a call for entries for the 27th annual GE Edison Award competition.

Through the competition, GE recognizes excellence and quality in professional lighting designs that employ the significant use of GE lamps and/or LEDs. The GE Edison Award competition is open to professional designers, architects, engineers and consultants. Entries are judged on the following criteria:

* functional excellence
* architectural compatibility
* effective use of state–of–the–art lighting products and techniques
* appropriate color, form and texture revelation
* energy effectiveness and cost effectiveness

Projects scoring the highest number of points will qualify to receive Awards of Merit or Awards of Excellence; the GE Edison Award Winner is selected from among the Awards of Excellence. The Award for Residential Lighting Design is judged on the same criteria mentioned above and presented to the project that best exemplifies excellence in lighting design within a residential application. Expected features of this design would include innovative application(s) of light and the creative integration of lighting layers and controls. The Award for Excellence in Environmental Design gives special recognition to those projects that minimize the use of energy, maximize the use of daylighting, control light pollution, and ensure system durability and maintainability. Previously called the Award for Sustainable Design, this award has been renamed to better reflect its focus on the creation of environmentally sensitive lighting designs that respect the needs of people while showcasing the latest lighting system and control technologies.

All qualifying entrants will be invited to an awards ceremony, which will take place Tuesday, May 11, 2010, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, on the evening prior to the opening of LightFair International. At that time, designers who have been designated as winners of Awards of Excellence, Awards of Merit, the Award for Excellence in Environmental Design and the Award for Residential Design will be recognized with personalized plaques acknowledging their lighting design achievements. The identity of the 2009 GE Edison Award Winner will remain confidential until announced at the Awards ceremony. The winner will receive a personalized Steuben crystal trophy and continued publicity throughout the following year. A distinctive plaque will also be presented to the owner of the winning installation.

All lighting projects, submitted for award consideration, must have been completed between January 1, 2009, and December 31, 2009.

Entries must be received by January 11, 2010.

For more information about the GE Edison Awards, click here.

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Solar Decathlon!

The Solar Decathlon, an educational project produced by the U.S. Department of Energy, joins 20 college and university teams in a competition to design, build, and operate the most attractive…

The Solar Decathlon, an educational project produced by the U.S. Department of Energy, joins 20 college and university teams in a competition to design, build, and operate the most attractive and energy-efficient solar-powered house.

Team California won for Architecture and Communications. Check out their house here.



The University of Minnesota won for Lighting Design:



Check out all of the entries here.

Joe Salimando, writing for TED Magazine’s website, visited the event and blogged about it, quite humorously, here.

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IESNY Announces 2009 Lumen Awards Winners

The New York City Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IESNYC) announced the recipients of the 2009 Lumen Awards at the 41st Annual Lumen Gala held in New York City…

The New York City Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IESNYC) announced the recipients of the 2009 Lumen Awards at the 41st Annual Lumen Gala held in New York City on June 10. The Lumen Awards publicly recognizes professionalism, excellence, and originality in lighting design.

Over 600 leaders in lighting design, architecture, interior design, engineering and manufacturing gathered at New York’s Chelsea Piers for what is considered the industry’s most highly regarded event. Special guests at the gala included Laurie Kerr, senior policy advisor on Buildings and Energy–Mayor’s Office, City of New York; Russell Unger, executive director, U.S. Green Building Council of New York; Ron Gibbons, president of the Illuminating Engineering Society; Rick Bell, executive director–American Institute of Architects New York City Chapter; Jennifer Jones, International Association of Lighting Designers; Kathleen Carlisle, Designers Lighting Forum of NY; and Jeanine Caunt, vice chair of the Industrial Designers Society of America NYC Section.

A total of 12 Lumen Awards were presented by Elena Mikoleski, Acuity Brands Lighting and Adrienne Shulman, GE Lighting and Industrial to winners in four major categories: Lumen Award of Excellence, the highest level of recognition for permanent architectural application; Lumen Feltman Award of Excellence, the highest level of recognition for excellence in retail merchandising lighting; Lumen Award of Merit, meritorious recognition awards for permanent architectural application; and Lumen Citation, special recognition awards for an art installation, technical detail, portion of a single project, temporary installation or other work. Additionally, IESNYC Brilliance Awards, IES Section Service Awards and the IES Meritorious Award were also presented to individuals for their dedicated service and contributions to the lighting community.

The Lumen Award of Excellence was awarded to Fisher Marantz Stone, Inc. for the Interior of the Museum of Islamic Arts in Doha, Qatar. The firm was also honored with the Lumen Citation for Integration of Light, Architecture and Signage for TKTS Ticket Booth, Times Square, New York City. “The most challenging aspect was to see the projects through while maintaining the spirit with which they began,” said Paul Marantz, founding and design principal of Fisher Marantz Stone, Inc. “Design is theoretical, construction is practical.” Joining Mr. Marantz on stage to accept the award was His Excellency Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz al-Nasser, Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations.

Other multiple-award winners include Focus Lighting and Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design. Focus Lighting was honored with three awards: two Lumen Awards of Merit for the Royalton Hotel, New York City, and the Casino of the Winds at Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT, and the Lumen Citation for Illumination of Restaurant Courtyard for Rock Sugar, Los Angeles, CA. “This is a delightful tribute to the designers at Focus Lighting,” said Paul Gregory, founder and president of Focus Lighting. Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design was honored with two awards: the Lumen Award of Merit for their design work on Terminus 100, Atlanta, GA and the Lumen Citation for Featured Visual Element for GSC Group, New York City.

This year’s judges were Jack Bailey, IES, LC, LEED-AP; Craig A. Bernecker, Ph.D., FIESNA, LC; Elizabeth Donoff, editor of Architectural Lighting magazine; Addison Kelly, IALD; Hayden McKay, AIA, FIALD, FIES; Jim Pearson, associate, Robert A.M. Stern Architects; and Matthew Tanteri, IESNA, SBSE, IALD Educator.

Special tributes were paid posthumously to Jenifer K. Dyson and Paul H. Trively. Renée Cooley and Emily Monato of Cooley Monato Studios honored Dyson, a member of their firm who passed away this past January, and Manny Feris honored Trively, a member of his firm Lutron Electronics, who passed away in April. Trively, 62, was vice president of Specification Sales at Lutron Electronics in Coopersburg, PA and had been with the company for 41 years. He was a board member of the International Architectural Lighting Designers, and a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society and the Lighting Industry Resource Council.

2009 Lumen Awards Winners

Award of Excellence

Museum of Islamic Arts – Interior, Doha, Qatar
Lighting Design Firm: Fisher Marantz Stone, Inc. – Paul Marantz, Hank Forrest, Rebecca Ho-Dion,
Randy Fisher
Architect: I.M. Pei Architect – I.M. Pei

Unlike much new construction in the Middle East, this building is uncluttered and spacious, and is filled with references to the Islamic world’s architectural heritage. The interior recalls the cascading spatial organization of great Islamic mosques. Entering, the visitor discovers a complex vertical space leading upward to a dome and oculus at the top. The lighting design encourages that act. Reminiscent of traditional pendant oil lamps, a great circular chandelier mediates the space.

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Feltman Award of Excellence

Vera Wang New York Flagship Store, New York City
Lighting Design Firm: Tillotson Design Associates – Suzan Tillotson, Leslie Stelly,
Christopher Cheap
Architect: Gabellini Sheppard Associates LLP – Michael Gabellini, Elina Cardet
Project Owner: Vera Wang

The lighting for the 2000 sq. ft. Vera Wang boutique in Manhattan is based on the changing qualities of a white box theater. The elegant lighting scheme overcomes a 23′-0″ to 8′-6″ ceiling height shift, contrasting a dynamic, loft-like experience in the front salon area with a light infused, layered experience in the windowless, rear salon. The lighting successfully creates a unique shopping experience in the front while encouraging shoppers to descend the elegant mid-stage stairs and linger in the rear back stage area. Up against a fast track schedule and challenging site conditions, Suzan Tillotson and her team finished the project in one year—in time to meet the Grand Opening deadline. “The success of this project was truly due to collaboration between the architect, lighting designer, lighting fixture and controls manufacturers, their representatives and the contractors. Everyone went over and above what was expected of them to get this complex project completed on time,” said Tillotson.

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Merit Awards

Terminus 100, Atlanta, GA
Lighting Design Firm: Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design – Francesca Bettridge, Michael Hennes, Mitul Parekh, Nira Wattanachote
Architects: Duda/Paine Architects, HKS Architects
Project Owner: Cousins Properties Incorporated

This tower is a monumental glass volume chiseled on the diagonal to create a bold V-shaped form and a translucent, triangular top. The most difficult task was to evenly illuminate, with complete color and brightness consistency, a surface that transitions from a large sloped plane covering mechanical areas to slender lines that needed to be illuminated from within tenant spaces. By carefully coordinating different sources and wattages appropriate for each architectural space, the lighting design accommodates the change in scale and material from one glass surface to another. The seamless result belies this complex challenge.

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Royalton Hotel, New York City
Lighting Design Firm: Focus Lighting Team: Paul Gregory, Ken Ventry, Fiona Wong,
Kenneth Schutz

The iconic Royalton Hotel’s extensive renovation recreates a lush atmosphere for travelers and city-dwellers alike. Housed in one long city block, the lobby and restaurant are outfitted with walls of wooden beads, fitted blue leather, woven rope formations and warm wood paneling. The architectural and decorative lighting offers fragility and warmth amongst this strikingly handsome interior. Through its physical transformation, low energy usage is maintained while additional layers of light are added to the rich textural environment. The energy-efficient xenon and LED fixtures evenly light wall planes and highlight architectural features to make this historic hotel a spatial masterpiece.

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Casino of the Winds at Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT
Lighting Design Firm: Focus Lighting Team: Paul Gregory, Christine Hope, Michael Cummings, Jeff Shepherd, Catherine Tate, Dan Nichols

The design at Casino of the Wind evokes a dreamy windswept landscape. An undulating sculptural wall surrounds the space, while the upper volume is laced with 4 manifestations of winds: cloud chandeliers, glittering chrome leaves, fabric hangings and fluttering wings. To achieve this while keeping the space energy-efficient, many sources were LED or Metal Halide. This allowed us to build up layers of colored light, while keeping wattage minimal. Dim lighting levels were set by screening the halide accents with wire mesh, while in many of the custom fixtures, low accessibility required LED fixtures with an estimated 10-year life.

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Bar Boulud, New York City
Lighting Design Firm: Tirschwell & Co., Inc.: Matthew Tirschwell, Eleanor MacDonald

This casually elegant duplex restaurant evokes a wine cellar with its barrel vaulted ceiling, warm expressions of floors of oak, and stone. On the main floor, all lighting was completely concealed including that for the crushed stone wall held together with woven metalwork. Multiple light sources were bounced off of warm broad palettes to create a soft effect with key and fill components. Working with a barrel vaulted ceiling was their biggest challenge. “It was extremely difficult trying to light everything with two architectural slots,” said Matthew Tirschwell, principal of Tirschwell & Co., Inc. The team of Tirschwell & Co. successfully met their challenges with incredibly flattering lighting for this trendy, modern atmosphere.

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Citation Awards

LUMEN CITATION FOR TECHNICAL LIGHTING ACHIEVEMENT

New York City Waterfalls, New York City
Lighting Design Firm: Jaros, Baum & Bolles – Michael Mehl

One of the most ambitious works for the NYC Public Art Fund to date, the NYC Waterfalls temporarily transformed the city’s shorelines into a nighttime visual and kinetic ‘event’. Designed to mimic “Moonlight” in both color and affect, arrays of white LED’s were blended and designed optically to accentuate the falling water and point of river entry, while eliminating the source from the multitude of nighttime-spectator viewing angles. In addition, the lighting liberated each waterfall from its ambient cityscape, creating a distinct nighttime spectacle to support each waterfall. “Sometimes lighting requires conviction and perseverance. “This was no exception in convincing the artist that the project needed artificial lighting to fulfill his vision,” said Mehl.

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LUMEN CITATION FOR INTEGRATION OF LIGHT, ARCHITECTURE AND SIGNAGE

TKTS Ticket Booth, Times Square, New York City
Lighting Design Firm: Fisher Marantz Stone, Inc. – Paul Marantz, Barry Citrin
Architect: Perkins Eastman
Competition Architect: John Choi and Tai Ropiha
Landscape Architect: Judith Heintz Landscape Architecture – Judith Heintz
Landscape Architect: William Fellow

As people-watching has become a legitimate spectator sport, what could be more fitting than to build a fiery glass grandstand in the heart of Times Square as the roof of the new TKTS discount ticket kiosk? Since Times Square’s current dazzle is largely the illumination provided by countless LED video-driven signs, it was only fitting and practical to use an LED source for this project at its epicenter. The original booth was the quintessential “building as sign,” and its replacement had to be the same. The designers reasoned that, as most Times Square signs are now highly kinetic in their “building as sign,” motion would be provided by visitors clambering up for a good look at the ‘Great White Way.’

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LUMEN CITATION FOR MERCHANDISE LIGHTING

Elizabeth Arden Fifth Avenue, New York City
Lighting Design Firm: RS Lighting Design – Randy Sabedra
Architect: Highland Associates, NYC – Glenn Leitch and Eric Scott
Project Owner: Elizabeth Arden

At the entry, a 14-foot high ribbon of red lacquered steel, as sleek and shiny as a luxurious sports car, curves around beauty station displays, and draws customers into a world of constantly changing visual delights. To enhance the flow of space a backlit ceiling floats above the red wall, designed to ensure direct white light and prevent merchandise and people from appearing red. Accent lights create highlight, and create a dialoged between exposed and concealed, rectangular and circular to mimic the interior design layout. Ending the store is a towering vintage crystal chandelier shimmering over a circular skincare table. “The Elizabeth Arden store truly surrounds you in a world of beauty, elegance and glamour. To be recognized for its lighting design is an honor and is shared with the architectural firm of Highland Associates,” said Randy Sabedra of RS Lighting Design.

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LUMEN CITATION FOR ILLUMINATION OF RESTAURANT COURTYARD

Rock Sugar, Los Angeles, CA
Lighting Design Firm: Focus Lighting Team: Paul Gregory, Christine Hope, Catherine Tate

At Rock Sugar, L.A., energy efficiency and dramatic design are united to create a distinct atmosphere. Among the South Asian décor, the architectural lighting accents indigenous materials and enlivens this bold environment. In the open-air courtyard, towering carved panels catch the high-contrast graze of halogen up-lights and swaying LED lanterns create movement and romance above. Fire pits at each seating area create a natural sense of warmth and ambiance. Throughout the space, the use of efficient and versatile dimmable LEDs and Halogen lamps meet energy needs and create depth among the rich palette and ornate interior.

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LUMEN CITATION FOR ART INSTALLATION IN A PUBLIC SPACE

This Way – Under the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn, NY
Lighting Design Firm: Tillett Lighting Design, Inc.: Linnaea Tillett

Glowing underneath the iconic Brooklyn Bridge is a permanent light artwork that transforms an old backdoor into a welcoming gateway to the neighborhood of DUMBO. “This Way” weaves together art, infrastructure, light, architecture, social science and design. Linear fiber optic arrays engage pedestrians and direct them through the urban maze. Blue LED down lights illuminate sidewalks and provide a glowing beacon for drivers exiting the bridge. “What excites me is that we helped transform this negative part of the Brooklyn Bridge infrastructure—a default space with no integrity of its own—into a lively nexus of human interaction. In this small way, we helped facilitate the art of the public encounter, that dance of interchange between strangers so necessary for a vibrant city,” said Linnaea Tillett, Ph.D., founder/principal of Tillet Lighting Design, Inc.

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LUMEN CITATION FOR FEATURED VISUAL ELEMENT

GSC Group, New York City
Lighting Design Firm: Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design: Stephen D. Bernstein,
Sang Lee
Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

The lighting for this NY financial firm sought to humanize its high-tech workplace with the look of an upscale boutique hotel. The biggest challenge was to evenly rear-illuminate an art piece, (250 feet long covering 2,200 square feet), that wraps around the core of the two-story office and keep within the allotted watts. “GSC was a project with a strong concept that was supported by a very collaborative team. It’s not often that an architect either wants to or is able to alter their design to realize a very special design. But the designers at SOM were up for it! A constructive ‘give-and-take’ on this project provided us with a rare opportunity to achieve something truly unique,” said Stephen Bernstein, founder and principal of Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design.

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NLB Announces Call for Entries in 30th High-Benefit Lighting Awards

The National Lighting Bureau’s 30th annual High-Benefit Lighting Awards Program is under way. This unique program is open to virtually anyone associated with a “High-Benefit Lighting” installation: owners, designers, facility…

The National Lighting Bureau’s 30th annual High-Benefit Lighting Awards Program is under way. This unique program is open to virtually anyone associated with a “High-Benefit Lighting” installation: owners, designers, facility or property managers, contractors, manufacturer’s representatives, utility employees and users, among others.

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The National Lighting Bureau coined the term “High-Benefit Lighting” to describe lighting systems that are designed to fulfill the specific purposes for which they will be used, especially to maximize bottom-line returns for those who own and/or rely on the lighting. For example, High-Benefit Lighting installed in workspaces can help people work faster, because it comprises electric illumination designed for the specific space, tasks and people involved. Outdoors, High-Benefit Lighting can help prevent accidents of all types, from vehicle-vehicle to slip-and-trip, thus preventing the losses associated with filing insurance claims, absenteeism, administrative paperwork, accident clean-up, and litigation. Fewer accidents can also result in lower insurance premiums. In retail situations, better lighting can help improve customer attraction and stimulate purchasing.

An entry should document how modification of an existing lighting system or development of a new one improved productivity, increased retail sales, or achieved any of the many other bottom-line benefits of High-Benefit Lighting. Award entries must be received no later than October 31, 2009.

Click here for more information.

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IALD Announces 26th Annual Lighting Design Award Winners

Nineteen winning projects representing projects from 11 countries comprise the winners of the 26th Annual IALD International Lighting Design Awards, out of nearly 260 submissions. Of the 19 projects recognized,…

Nineteen winning projects representing projects from 11 countries comprise the winners of the 26th Annual IALD International Lighting Design Awards, out of nearly 260 submissions. Of the 19 projects recognized, three entries earned Special Citations, 13 earned Awards of Merit and three earned Awards of Excellence.

The IALD Radiance Award for Excellence in Lighting Design went to Speirs & Major Associates, for Entrance & Atrium, 3 More London Riverside in London, UK.

The IALD Radiance Award for Excellence in Lighting Design went to Speirs & Major Associates, for Entrance & Atrium, 3 More London Riverside in London, UK.

The highest point score winner across all categories, in addition to receiving an Award of Excellence for their project, receives The IALD Radiance Award for Excellence in Lighting Design. Speirs & Major Associates received this honor for the second straight year, this time accepted by Mark Major, IALD, for his Entrance & Atrium, 3 More London Riverside in London, UK.

The IALD International Lighting Design Awards program honors lighting design that reaches new heights, moves beyond the ordinary and represents excellence in aesthetic and technical design achievement. Only those projects demonstrating consistent design quality and technical expertise receive award recognition after three straight days of judging. The judges included:

MR. RANDY BURKETT, FIALD, Randy Burkett Lighting Design Inc, St. Louis MO USA
MR. COLIN CRAIG, Adrian Smith+Gordon Gill Architecture, Chicago IL USA
MR. MARK MAJOR, IALD, Speirs & Major Associates, London UK
MS. JANET S. NOLAN, IALD, J.S. Nolan + Associates Lighting Design LLC, San Francisco CA USA
MR. SEAN O’CONNOR, IALD, Sean O’Connor Lighting LLC, Beverly Hills CA USA
MR. THOMAS PATERSON, ASSOC. IALD, Lux Populi, Colonia San Angel Mexico
MR. TRAVIS PENCE, Wilson Group, Charlotte NC USA
2009 IALD DESIGN AWARDS CO-CHAIRS
MS. ANDREA HARTRANFT, IALD, C.M. Kling & Associates, Alexandria, VA USA
MS. DIANE L. RODRIGUEZ, ASSOC. IALD, Indianapolis, IN USA

The IALD will be publishing the rest of the winners on its site soon. Stay tuned here.

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Cooper Lighting Announces SOURCE Awards Call for Entries

Cooper Lighting, a division of Cooper Industries, Ltd., has announced a call for entries for its 33rd Annual SOURCE Awards national lighting design competition. The competition, which focuses on furthering…

Cooper Lighting, a division of Cooper Industries, Ltd., has announced a call for entries for its 33rd Annual SOURCE Awards national lighting design competition.

The competition, which focuses on furthering the understanding, knowledge and function of lighting as a primary element in design, is open to all lighting designers, architects, engineers, professional designers and consultants who use Cooper Lighting products (such as Halo, Metalux, Portfolio, Neo-Ray, Corelite, Sure-Lites, etc.) in an interior or exterior design project. (Students currently enrolled in any of these disciplines are also eligible to enter projects based on conceptual lighting designs utilizing Cooper Lighting luminaires, and are judged in a separate student category.) Projects will be judged on the blending of aesthetics, creative achievement and technical performance and to the degree which the lighting met project constraints and design concept goals. This year’s competition will also seek a creative use of luminaires providing energy-efficient design solutions in addition to standard projects.

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Judging for the 33rd Annual SOURCE Awards competition will take place February 2010. Student winner(s) will receive a crystal trophy and a monetary award ($1,500) and professional winner(s) will also receive a monetary award ($2,000) and a crystal trophy along with local and national recognition. Entries must be postmarked on or before January 29, 2010. Winners will be announced in May 2010.

Click here to download the entry form.

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LED Products Earn Top Honors at Lightfair

The Lightfair Innovation Awards, sponsored by Architectural Lighting Magazine and elumit.com, honored five products out of 218 submissions with the following awards: Most Innovative Product of the Year: Calculite Solid-State…

The Lightfair Innovation Awards, sponsored by Architectural Lighting Magazine and elumit.com, honored five products out of 218 submissions with the following awards:

Kite by Peerless Lighting.

Kite by Peerless Lighting.

Most Innovative Product of the Year: Calculite Solid-State Downlights by Lightolier/Philips
Design Excellence Award: Kite by Peerless Lighting/Acuity Brands Lighting
Technical Innovation Award: Luxeon Rebel ES from Philips Lumileds Lighting Company
Technical Innovation Award: SST-90-W by Luminus Devices
Judges’ Citation Award: LM-80-08 Approved Method for Measuring Lumen Maintenance of LED Light Sources from the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)

Every single one of these products is LED.

Who would have guessed just 3 years ago that LED general lighting products would take all of the top awards?

Check out these and other products exhibited at Lightfair here.

On another note, for some reason, LED light sources are still considered “specialty lamps” and controls and ballasts are still considered “other” products. I hope to see the event’s categorization of products catch up to the times in 2010.

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Benya, Neils, Villatoro and Christensen Win 2008 GE Edison Award

The 2008 GE Edison Award was presented to James R. Benya of Benya Lighting Design, Michael Neils and Juan José Villatoro of M. Neils Engineering, Inc., and James E. Christensen…

The 2008 GE Edison Award was presented to James R. Benya of Benya Lighting Design, Michael Neils and Juan José Villatoro of M. Neils Engineering, Inc., and James E. Christensen of the City of Sacramento, for lighting the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento, California.

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GE Consumer & Industrial presented a personalized Steuben crystal award for the 26th-annual lighting design competition on May 4, 2009 in New York City during Lightfair International. The project also earned an Award for Excellence in Environmental Design. The GE Edison Award competition is open to those lighting professionals who creatively employ significant use of GE light sources (lamps and/or LEDs) in a lighting design project completed during the previous calendar year.

The Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, opened in 1927, is listed on the National Historic Register and has been the home of concerts, inaugurals, commencements and other civic events for 80 years. Excavating the grounds to repair foundation walls provided an opportunity to improve site and building lighting. Because of its importance to the city and state, the design team was asked to develop a lighting design that is significantly better than California Title 24, and that respects nighttime skies.

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The lighting design features several GE ConstantColor CMH ceramic metal halide and GE T5 High Output Ecolux fluorescent lamps. The six columns with ornate capitals and the two end pilasters are each uplighted with one 150W CMH T6 3000K in-grade luminaire. The luminaire location is precisely in the second step so that the column, capital, frieze and cornice are illuminated. Up washers with 54W T5HO 3000K lamps illuminate the pediment wall, and the medallion is highlighted with a 70W CMH narrow spot lamp.

In ceiling coves behind the arches, 70W CMH downlight wallwashers illuminate the wall and doors. The downlights, installed in the same locations as prior luminaires, were approved by the historic commission. The front corners of the building are uplighted with 54W GE T5HO luminaires supplemented by 70W CMH luminaires for the limestone pilasters.

The massive brick building’s largest façades are the east and west. Each is comprised of a series of pilasters with rooflines sloping back. A continuous fluorescent 54W T5HO wallwash luminaire between pilasters connects the composition around the building base. Pilasters are uplighted with asymmetric luminaires with 70W CMH lamps for the middle level and 39W CMH lamps for the top and bottom levels. Luminaire locations were limited by historic preservation requirements. Rather than flood the façade, a design creating a dramatic lantern effect on the top of each pilaster was chosen. Interior lighting for the skylight windows features fluorescent GE 32W T8 3000K lamps.

There are Romeo and Juliet balconies at each of the four main fire exits. Two 70W CMH in-grade floodlights and a single 54W T5HO 3000K up washer in each balcony highlight the balcony and brick wall. The lighting reveals a spectacular artful brick pattern not evident by daylight.

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The lighting design also includes site poles that provide all plaza, street and walkway lighting for the building’s block. Luminaires are fully shielded and employ 150W CMH lamps.

There are a number of key design strategies that qualified the project for an Award for Excellence in Environmental Design. Light sources in the design are limited to two types: ceramic metal halide and 3000K linear fluorescent. Mockups determined the lowest practical wattage for the desired effects. The larger east and west façades are only partially illuminated, leaving extensive areas in artfully chosen shadow. Uplighting each main column with only one luminaire, and carefully aiming to also illuminate the capital, frieze, dentils and cornice, reduce power use in half from the original design concept. The elimination of some other proposed luminaires yields a design that betters California Title 24 limits by 22%. Site and plaza lighting comply with the requirements for LEED Credit SS8 for lighting pollution reduction.

Photos by Douglas A. Salin.

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