Winning products in the second annual Next Generation Luminaires (NGL) Design Competition were announced on Feb. 11 at the Strategies in Light Conference in Santa Clara, Calif. Launched in 2008, this program for commercial solid-state lighting fixtures is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Illuminating Engineering Society, and the International Association of Lighting Designers. Its goal is to promote excellence in the design of energy-efficient LED luminaires for general illumination in commercial lighting applications.

Out of a total of 126 submissions, the 2009 competition recognized 47 products representing 60 different lighting manufacturers, and covering 11 indoor lighting categories as well as six outdoor lighting categories. Awards are made at two levels: "recognized" and "best in class." Only four luminaires received best in class, which is the competition's highest honor: Finelite's Curve tasklight, SPI Lighting's Stile Styk wallwasher, GE Lighting Solution's Evolve LED R150 Roadway luminaire, and Philips Wide-Lite's VizorLED fixture for parking garages.

The jury of 12 individuals, representing the different facets of the architectural lighting design community, evaluated the entries based on performance, appearance, constrictions, and submitted photometric data. This year's judges were: Robert Berger, Jeffrey L. Brown, David Brumbelow, Mary Matteson Bryan, Nancy E. Clanton, Lara Jacobson Cordell, Barbara Cianci Horton, Kevin Houser, Chip Israel, Jeff McCullough, Avraham Mendall Mor, and Melanie Taylor. For complete information about the competition and an overview of all the winning luminaires, including the 43 recognized winners, go to

The 2009 best in class winners of the Next Generation Luminaires Design Competition. From top to bottom: GE Lighting Solution's Evolve LED R150 Roadway luminaire; Finelite's Curve tasklight; Philips Wide-Lite's VizorLED fixture for parking garages; and SPI Lighting's Stile Styk wallwasher.