2013 Lightfair Innovation Awards

2013 Lightfair Innovation Awards

Lightfair’s Innovation Awards program kicked off the April 23 opening of the annual trade show, held this year in Philadelphia. The program received 307 lighting-related product submissions in 15 categories representing 156 different manufacturers. The program is sponsored by Lightfair, the International Association of Lighting Designers, and the Illuminating Engineering Society.

This year’s entries and winning products reflect the continued diversity of luminaire, light source, and lighting controls offerings, acknowledging the industry’s shift to solid-state lighting, while still recognizing the full range of sources required by lighting designers. This year’s products also represent the increasing level of sophistication associated with lighting products and their move toward an integrated approach with other building systems.

2013 Lightfair Innovation Awards Jury 

Matthew Hartley, Energie Lighting  
Howard Lewis, Lighting Alternatives  
Kim Mercier, Lighting Design Innovations  
Leslie North, Aurora Lighting Design  
Marty Peck, Creative Lighting Design & Engineering  
Jason Rainone, Abernathy Lighting Design  
Lauri Tredinnick, Pivotal Lighting Design

 

  • BoldPlay

    Credit: Rob Kater/Courtesy Philips

    BoldPlay

Credit: Rob Kater/Courtesy Philips

BoldPlay

 

Most Innovative Product of the Year 
BoldPlay, Philips 

This suspended LED luminaire was also the winner in its category—Commercial Indoor (Linear Fluorescent, Troffers, Suspended, Surface, LED, OLED). 
BoldPlay is an indirect/direct LED luminaire that uses proprietary MesoOptics and light guide technology to provide uniform light levels at the work plane. The judges awarded the luminaire with the “Most Innovative Product of the Year” distinction due to its “extraordinary performance with extreme spacing of up to 20' on center with the photometrics to support it … as well as providing a low-profile stylistic aesthetic.” With an efficiency of up to 106 lm/W, each 4'-long fixture is available in either 3,400 or 4,800 lumens, three color temperatures, and several profiles and finishes. Although the luminaire’s standard distribution is 70% up and 30% down, specifiers can refine light levels with a variable optics kit, in 80% or 100% down, to adjust the amount of downlight required. • philips.com/ledalite

 

 

  • Light Sheet

    Credit: Courtesy Cooledge Lighting

    Light Sheet

Credit: Courtesy Cooledge Lighting

Light Sheet

 

Design Excellence Award 
Light Sheet, Cooledge Lighting 

This LED lighting system was also the winner in its category—LED, OLED, Chips and Modules. 
Light Sheet combines mechanical, electrical, and LED components together in a single flexible light source. Available in two thicknesses: 7mm (0.27") and 12mm (0.47"), in widths from 1" to 11" and up to 8' long, with a CRI of 80-plus and a choice of 3000K, 3500K, or 4000K, this ultrathin product requires no heat sink and can be mounted to any surface. Low-power LEDs produce up to 135 lm/W and are rated for greater than 50,000 hours of life (per L70). Light Sheet is dimmable from 1% to 100% using a 58V DC input power supply and includes a five-year system warranty. • cooledgelighting.com

 

 

  • Moldable Silicones

    Credit: (c)Tero Makinen/Courtesy Dow Corning

    Moldable Silicones

Credit: (c)Tero Makinen/Courtesy Dow Corning

Moldable Silicones

 

Technical Innovation Award 
Moldable Silicones, Dow Corning 

This material was also the winner in its category—Non-Luminous Components and Specialty Hardware. 
Lighter than glass, with increased heat tolerance over plastic, UV-resistant silicone is a high-transmittance material. It was cited by the jury “as a new customizable material to mold, guide, and transfer light. … [with] the ability to incorporate complex shapes and micro-optics.” These innate qualities and its low optical loss make moldable silicones an ideal choice for secondary optic applications for both LED lamps and luminaires. Complex shapes and features, including small radii and undercuts, can be replicated accurately without draft angles, and thermal and moisture resistance provide additional protection for electronic equipment. • dowcorning.com

 

 

  • Hue

    Credit: Martin Brent Guest/Courtesy Philips

    Hue

Credit: Martin Brent Guest/Courtesy Philips

Hue

 

Judges’ Citation Award 
Hue, Philips 

This wireless lighting system was also the winner in its category—Dynamic Color, Theatrical, Cove, Strips, and Tape. 
Hue is a Web-enabled, picture-based, LED home lighting system available exclusively through Apple stores. The judges recognized Hue with a Citation Award because of the lamp and control system’s ability “to place the awareness of advanced color applications into the public’s hands.” The starter kit includes three LED lamps that fit any standard light fixture and a bridge that connects to existing wireless routers. The system can be controlled by any iOS or Android device, can achieve a CRI of 90-plus in the white range, and provides more than 16 million color customizations. At the beginning of May, Philips launched the next generation application for the system using the new Philips Hue channel on IFTTT (If This Then That). This allows the Hue system to work with any application programming interface (API) on the Internet. Additional features in v1.1 include geofencing and recurring scheduling. • meethue.com/en-US and usa.lighting.philips.com

 

 

  • AGi32 image

    Credit: Asher Harder/Courtesy Lighting Analysts Inc.

    AGi32 image

Credit: Asher Harder/Courtesy Lighting Analysts Inc.

AGi32 image

 

Category: Research, Publications, Software, and Measuring Devices 
AGi32 Version 14, Lighting Analysts Inc. 

Version 14 of AGi32 uses the mesopic multipliers detailed in IES TM-12-12 (“Spectral Effects of Lighting on Visual Performance at Mesopic Light Levels”) to refine the program’s calculation software for low-light applications, and it was for this “voluntary implementation” of the new standards that the jury recognized AGi32 Version 14 as the best in its category. The spectral performance of a light source can be expressed in terms of its S/P ratio: the scotopic luminous flux divided by the photopic luminous flux. Human visual performance in low-light environments has been shown to improve under whiter light sources, which typically have S/P ratios greater than one. Version 14 includes revised calculations to quantify this effect and show improved visibility at lower light-levels for exterior applications • agi32.com

 

 

  • Octrron 800 XP XL Supersaver T8 Fluorescent Lamps

    Credit: Courtesy Osram Sylvania

    Octrron 800 XP XL Supersaver T8 Fluorescent Lamps

Credit: Courtesy Osram Sylvania

Octrron 800 XP XL Supersaver T8 Fluorescent Lamps

 

Category: Conventional, Retrofit, and LED Replacement Lamps  
Octron 800 XP XL Supersaver T8 Fluorescent Lamps, Osram Sylvania  
The new Octron 800 XP XL Supersaver T8 fluorescent lamps, part of the company’s Ecologic3 line, has an extended lamp life of up to 84,000 hours on a T8 ANSI-rated ballast. As the jury noted, “This lamp will give even LEDs a real run for the money due to its incredibly long life.” Manufactured with lead-free glass, the 48" (nominal) lamp is available in standard 32W, as well as 28W, and 25W Supersaver (reduced wattage) versions. It includes Osram Sylvania’s five-year Quick 60+ warranty. • sylvania.com

 

 

  • Highhorse Controllable Induction Generator

    Credit: Courtesy Fulham

    Highhorse Controllable Induction Generator

Credit: Courtesy Fulham

Highhorse Controllable Induction Generator

 

Category: Ballasts, Transformers, and LED Drivers 
HighHorse Controllable Induction Generator, Fulham 

The HighHorse Controllable Induction Generator is a universal voltage generator that communicates instructions to induction lighting systems. It was selected by the jury “because it allows for the palette of outdoor fixtures to grow to include induction [options] for municipalities and departments of transportation.” This “smart” generator supports multiple wattage induction lamps with the same hardware and also reports details such as lamp performance, energy use, and other defined variables back to a user interface. Control functions are achieved 
via a wireless network or remote control, and motion sensing and daylight harvesting are also possible using Plug-n-Play technology. • fulham.com

 

 

  • Smart LED System

    Credit: Courtesy Solatube International

    Smart LED System

Credit: Courtesy Solatube International

Smart LED System

 

Category: Solar, Shades, and Daylight Integration 
Smart LED System, Solatube International 

The jury selected the Smart LED System as the best in its category because of the way in which it brings “two currently prominent technologies together in a potentially impactful new opportunity.” Similar to Solatube’s other daylighting systems, the Smart LED harvests sunlight during the day, but then uses a patented daylight sensor to switch to an LED lighting system at night. According to the manufacturer, this saves up to 94% on energy costs. The Smart LED System is suggested for use in hallways, bathrooms, closets, and entryways. •solatube.com

 

 

 

  • Precision 2 In-Grade with Color Tuning

    Credit: Courtesy B-K Lighting and Teka Illumination

    Precision 2 In-Grade with Color Tuning

Credit: Courtesy B-K Lighting and Teka Illumination

Precision 2 In-Grade with Color Tuning

 

Category: Outdoor Luminaires (Sports, Step, Landscape, Pool, Fountain) 
Precision 2 In-grade with Color Tuning, B-K Lighting and Teka Illumination 

An LED luminaire, the Precision 2 In-Grade with Color Tuning provides both tunable white light from 2700K to 6000K and full dynamic color in the same LED module, one of the features that made it stand out for the jury as the best in its category. Fixtures are controllable via a light-commissioning tool that uses a wireless network to enable individual control of on/off, dimming down to 5% output, correlated color-temperature modulation, and full saturation and hue control. A copy/paste function on a hand-held remote helps to easily match settings from one fixture to another. • bklighting.com

 

 

  • HBA WASP2 Dimming Outdoor Occupancy Sensor

    Credit: Courtesy Hubbell Lighting

    HBA WASP2 Dimming Outdoor Occupancy Sensor
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