The 2013 Next Generation Luminaires (NGL) Outdoor Design Competition was opened on July 8, 2013. The NGL competition was established to recognize progress and excellence in LED lighting. The NGL competition partners include the Illuminating Engineering Society, the International Association of Lighting Designers, and the US Department of Energy represented by Pacific Northwest National Laboratories. The 2013 outdoor lighting competition will evaluate entries for street and roadway lighting which includes traditional cobrahead LED streetlights as well as decorative post top LED streetlights.
According to the Entrant’s Guide, technical requirements include a minimum CRI of 70, power factor ≥ .90. Entries with a CCT of 4200K or below are highly recommended for judging consistency.
Judges will evaluate the LED fixtures on the following criteria: color quality, appropriate illuminance, light distribution, BUG ratings, luminance and glare control, serviceability and replacement, energy efficiency, power quality, lumen maintenance, controlability, value, and aesthetic appearance and style.
The category for street and roadway lighting includes pole-mounted roadway luminaires (major roadways), pole-mounted street lighting luminaires (collector roads), pole-mounted street lighting luminaires (local residential roads), and pole-mounted decorative street lighting luminaires (streetscape).
Past winners of the NGL Outdoor competition include for 2012 “Evolve” by GE Lighting which was voted Best in Class. For the 2010 competition top honors were awarded to “SCHX5 LED” by EvoLucia, and “Roadstar” by Philips Roadway Lighting. For the 2009 competition, top honors were awarded to “Evolaire” by Philips Hadco, “Satellite S96M” by LED Roadway, “Streetworks OVH LED” by Cooper Lighting, “RoadStar” by Philips Lumec, and “LEDway” by BetaLED. Additionally, for 2009, the “Evolve” by GE Lighting Solutions was voted Best in Class for the overall NGL competition.
An intent to submit form is due on September 20, 2013. The final due date for online submission is October 11, 2013. The physical product is due on November 1, 2013. Winners will be announced in January 2014. Winners will be announced on February 25, 2014 at Strategies in Light in Santa Clara, California. Questions and clarifications can be submitted to email@example.com. Complete information about the NGL and the lighting competition can be found here.