Lightfair International's annual kickoff event, the New Product Showcase, is well attended by exhibitors and attendees alike. Cosponsored by Architectural Lighting Magazine and Lightsearch, the event helps the industry identify the products to follow for the coming year. The 2004 showcase took place on Wednesday, March 31, presenting a record number 222 submissions in 25 categories. LED-based innovation dominated the entries. Indeed, the Best New Product of the Year, LINE from io Lighting, is an exterior LED-based linear luminaire designed to control light pollution and trespass.

Judges for the event were Edward Bartholomew, Studio Lux; Paul Ericson, Syska Hennessy Group, Monica Gresser, RAFI: Planning Architecture Urban Design; Donald Newquist, Comfort Engineering; Andrew Powell, Lighting Design Alliance.

WINNERS OF THE NEW PRODUCT SHOWCASE AWARDS:

BEST NEW PRODUCT OF THE YEAR: LINE from io Lighting

DESIGN EXCELLENCE AWARD: Planetarius Series from Zaneen Lighting

TECHNICAL INNOVATION AWARD: FEBnet (Fluorescent Emergency Ballast Network) from the Bodine Company

ENERGY AWARD: Enlux LED Flood from Enlux Lighting

ROEDER AWARD: VersaTILE from Element Labs

JUDGES' CITATION AWARD: Mood Light Objects from Traxon USA


BEST OF CATEGORY AWARD WINNERS:

Incandescent and Halogen Lamps: Eurostar Reflekto MR11 from USHIO America

Fluorescent Lamps: Seamlessline from Nippo Electric

HID Lamps: GE CMH20PAR30/820 Ceramic Metal Halide lamp from GE Consumer & Industrial

Specialty Lamps: RefleXaire from Illumination Management Solutions (IMS)

LED Lamps: Enlux LED Flood from Enlux Lighting

Recessed Downlights, Wallwashers & Accent Lights: L-7000 Series Night Lights from the Designers Edge

Tracklighting, Low Voltage Cable and Rail Systems: Planetarius Series from Zaneen Lighting

Troffers, Commercial Recessed and Surface Fixtures: Destiny CV from TIR Systems

Suspended Indirect and Bi-directional Pendants: Milan Series from Manning Lighting

Decorative Sconces, Chandeliers, Ceiling, Table and Task: Corall from Smedmarks

Site and Roadway: GELcore LED Light Kit - Illuminated Street Sign from GELcore - GE

Flood, Facade and Sports: LINE from io Lighting

Landscape and Fountain: Bridge from FAD Lighting/Delta Light USA

Fiber Optic and Remote Source: Adjustable Accent Light from Fiberstars

Theatrical and Entertainment: VersaTILE from Element Labs

Vandal Resistant and Industrial Specialty: Ultimate Emergency Light from SURE-LITES

Exit Signs and Emergency: E-Plug from K-Tronik

Controls: DALI Star from B+L Technologies

Components: Spectro Optical Systems from ALP Lighting Components

Research, Publications and Software: GE ValueLight 2.6 Economic Software from General Electric

Specialty Innovations: Mood Light Reflector from Traxon USA

Ballast and Transformers: Odyssey Series LED Emergency and AC/Emergency Drivers from the Bodine Company

Systems: FEBnet from the Bodine Company

Daylighting Integration: Lumen Maintenance Photocell from Lighting Control and Design

Lamp Switches and Holders: T2 Lamp Holder from 3E-USA