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
Most Innovative Product of the Year
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
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
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
Judges’ Citation Award
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
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
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
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
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
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