Winners of the Lighting for Tomorrow 2014 Awards Announced at ALA Conference

Lighting for Tomorrow 2014 Winners Announced!

Lighting For Tomorrow 2014 Winners announced

On September 16, at one of the most highly attended conferences of the American Lighting Association (ALA) – held this year in Nashville – the names of the winning companies and their respective energy-saving products were revealed during a special ceremony.

The annual Lighting for Tomorrow design competition challenges manufacturers to meet consumer expectations by constantly improving the design of their products and technologies while achieving new heights in energy efficiency. The competition has become an industry indicator of “What’s new” regarding technology and application and this year’s entries reflected several key developments and market trends.

AFX Inc Cortez chandelier BULBRITE Eleva Downlight Cree Mini CXA HD Punch track light
Decorative Fixture Category
Winner: AFX Inc.
Cortez Chandelier
Directional Lighting Category
Eleva™ Downlight and its innovative components
Directional Lighting Category
Winner: Cree, Inc.
Mini CXA HD Punch track light
Edge Lighting Cirrus Channel Suspension R1 GE Lighting LED 100-watt Replacement Lamp Liton Super Efficient 100Lm-W LED Downlight

Decorative Fixture Category
Winner: Edge Lighting
Cirrus Channel Suspension R1 fixture

LED Replacement Lamp Category
Winner: GE Lighting
LED 100-watt Replacement Lamp

Directional Lighting Category
Winner: LITON Lighting
Super-Efficient 100Lm/W LED Downlight


Lutron Caseta Wireless system MaxLite Omnidirectional LED A21 Lamp Tech Lighting ELEMENT 3-inch low-profile and remodel adjustable downlights

Lighting Controls Category
Winner: Lutron Electronics
Caséta™ Wireless system

LED Replacement Lamp Category
Winner: MaxLite
17-watt Omnidirectional LED A21 Lamp
Directional Lighting Category
Winner: Tech Lighting
ELEMENT 3-inch Adjustable Downlights, 
Profile and Remodel versions


BlackJack Lighting SWIRL Pendant Illumination Machines MR Lamp Lutron Electronics Serena Roller Shade
Decorative Fixture Category
Honorable Mention: BlackJack Lighting
Swirl LED Pendant
LED Replacement Lamp Category
Honorable Mention: Illumination Machines
IM16 MR Lamp
Lighting Controls Category
Honorable Mention: Lutron Electronics
Serena® Battery-Powered Roller Shade


OSRAM ULTRA SE Downlight GE-telligent-BR-Lamp Hinkley-Hadley-Pendant
Directional Lighting Category
Honorable Mention: OSRAM SYLVANIA
ULTRA SE™ RT6 LED Downlight Retrofits
LED Replacement Lamp Category
Special Recognition: GE Lighting
GE telligent™ LED 65-watt Replacement
BR30 Floodlight
Decorative Fixture Category
Special Recognition: Hinkley Lighting
Hadley Pendant


  1. The percentage of dimmable entries increased, indicating that manufacturers are developing new products to meet the growing needs of residential consumers looking for dimming and controls that can save energy. This year, approximately 85 percent of the fixture, lamp, and retrofit kits submitted provided dimming features.
  2. When it came to lamps/light sources, it was apparent that manufacturers are improving performance while reducing size and price. Products are also becoming more specialized with lamps that focus on color consistency, high color rendering, and enhanced controllability.
  3. This year’s product entries are also “smarter,” which means they can be integrated more easily with existing controls and be controlled not only by the usual dedicated control, but also by a variety of common communication devices such as a smart phone or tablet. The judges were pleased to see some truly innovative lighting fixtures, retrofit kits, replacement lamps, and controls systems that demonstrate advances in both design and technology.

The 2014 judging panel, which met in June at Underwriters Laboratories (UL) University in Research Triangle Park, N.C., reviewed a total of 70 products including 40 LED indoor fixtures, 2 LED outdoor fixtures, 9 LED retrofit kits, 15 LED lamps, 3 lighting control devices, and 1 OLED fixture.

The Lighting for Tomorrow winners are showcased in two of the competition’s awards brochures that highlight the LED product and lighting control award recipients. In addition, these products and companies will be featured in journal articles and trade show exhibits throughout the coming year. For more information, visit

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