The Lightfair Innovation Awards took place this year in its annual spot as the prelude to the official opening of the trade show. This year the program received 239 lighting-related product submissions in 14 categories.

The lighting industry's swing to solid-state lighting and LEDs was clearly in evidence. The conventional lamp category has all but disappeared, receiving only six entries. By contrast, the specialty lamps category, which includes LEDs, OLEDs, induction, and LED replacement lamps has grown substantially. This year there were 31 entries. Other categories that have also seen increases in submissions are “Downlights, Wallwashers, Accent Lights” and “Roadway, Sports, Outdoor, Architectural, Site Lighting.” These fixture types have been the testing ground for the early adoption of LEDs, and as a result are further along.

It was also interesting to see the way in which OLED product offerings entered the mix. In fact, the Most Innovative Product of the Year Award went to Acuity Brands for Revel, its OLED ceiling-mounted luminaire. The rest of the 2011 LFI Innovation award winners are:

Design Excellence Award: Tech Lighting–Generation Brands' low-voltage LED wallwash/flood

Technical Innovation Award: Philips Lumileds' Luxeon A

Judges Citation Award:The IES Lighting Handbook, 10th Edition

Conventional Lamps: Philips' ED 28 145W Advantage CDM with Allstart

Ballasts, Transformers, Drivers: Osram Sylvania's Quicktronic QTO

Downlights, Wallwashers, Accent Lights: Tech Lighting–Generation Brands' Element

Fluorescent-based Troffers, Suspended, Surface Luminaires: Visa Lighting's Unity Over-Bed

From left to right: Most Innovative Product of the Year was awarded to Acuity Brands for Revel, an OLED ceiling-mounted luminaire; the Design Excellence Award was presented to Tech Lighting–Generation Brands for its low-voltage LED wallwash/flood; and Philips Lumileds received the Technical Innovation Award for its Luxeon A LED chip.

Specialty, Hardware, Lampholder, Components: LG Innotek's ModulA 1D

Industrial, Vandal, Exit & Emergency: A.L.P.'s EFP 600LP

Roadway, Sports, Outdoor, Architectural, Site Lighting: Cooper Lighting's McGraw-Edison Marquis LED Sign Light

Landscape, Pool & Fountain: Philips Wide-Lite's DecoFlood HID floodlight series

Theatrical, Floodlights, Specialty Luminaires: Lumenpulse's Lumenbeam LBX

Controls, Daylight Integration & Systems: Lutron's remote-mount dimming module