The 2008 Lightfair International (LFI) Innovation Awards did not disappoint as more stringent guidelines for product submissions went into effect this year, along with the addition of the “LFI Attendees' Choice Award” for the most innovative new product. This new award allowed those at Lightfair, with the exception of manufacturers, exhibitors, press, and guests, to cast their vote online for what they considered to be the “Best in Show” product.

The awards presentation program, co-sponsored by ARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING and eLumit and held May 28, 2008, on the first day of the trade show, recognized 14 lighting products, including the Most Innovative Product of the Year, Technical Innovation, Design Excellence, Judges' Citation, and the Best of Category awards, which are given in each of the individual product categories. Five lighting industry professionals made up the awards jury: Joseph Good III of Spectrum Professional Services, Salt Lake City; Andy Luong of Finnegan Erickson Associates, Henderson, Nev.; Sean O'Connor of Sean O'Connor Associates Lighting Consultants, Beverly Hills, Calif.; Russ Owens of West Coast Design Group, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.; and Michael John Smith of MJS Lighting Consultants, Houston. Winners were selected from a pool of 184 products. To be eligible for submission, products must have been brought to market during the 12 months prior to Light-fair. For details about the 2009 awards submission process, go to

California Energy Commission
SPOT Version 4.0
Attendees' Choice Award; Most Innovative Product Of The Year; Best Of Category: Research, Publications, Software, Unique Applications

The Sensor Placement + Optimization Tool (SPOT) Version 4.0 software snagged the top honor at the LFI Innovation Awards as the Most Innovative Product of the Year. Developed by Architectural Energy Corp. with support of other organizations, including the California Energy Commission, the software tool assists designers in quantifying the electric lighting and annual daylighting characteristics and energy use of a given space. Using a Microsoft Excel platform, the software is available at no cost, handles top and side daylight sources, and can model any electric lighting source.

Feelux Lighting
Best Of Category: Conventional Lamps

Offering designers a fully dimmable T5 fluorescent lighting system with a builtin electronic ballast and aluminum body, the DimSlim uses a three-pin fixed or flexible modular linking system, and can provide a continuous line of light. With a dimming range of 10 percent to 100 percent, the fixture saves 80 percent of energy consumption at the highest level, according to the manufacturer. Operated by a wall-mounted controller, DimSlim can simulate the light of changing seasons, and various times of day such as sunrise, midday, and sunset.

LIFI STA-40-01
Best Of Category: Specialty Lamps

This street and area lighting luminaire, in development for November 2008 production, delivers 22,000 lumens, with 120 lm/W source efficiency, and a life span of 30,000 hours, according to the manufacturer. The compact directional beam features a color rendering index of 95 and is easily retrofitted into existing fixtures, offering efficiency improvement up to 70 percent. The product is dimmable, remotely addressable, and able to work with control systems to enable energy-saving modes such as daylight harvesting, occupancy sensing, and demand response dimming.

Osram Sylvania
PowerSHED High Efficiency Demand Response Ballast
Technical Innovation; Best Of Category: Ballasts, Transformers

The PowerSHED ballast features instant-start technology with a built-in power line carrier signal receiver for automated dimming response. The product uses a building's existing wiring, and building owners can add demand response capabilities without the expense of pulling extra wires to fixtures. The universal voltage ballast, with a .87 ballast factor, has lamp striation control and will permanently reduce lighting loads as each three-lamp fixture immediately saves up to 14W when used with the company's Super Saver 28W T8 lamps.