In February, winners in the Outdoor category of the fifth annual Next Generation Luminaires (NGL) Solid-State Lighting Design Competition were announced during the Strategies in Light conference in California. The competition is sponsored by the Dept. of Energy, the Illuminating Engineering Society, and the International Association of Lighting Designers. This year, 37 luminaires were recognized from a pool of 120 entries representing 42 different manufacturers. The four Best in Class winners were as follows: The Lighting Quotient’s fraqtir Outdoor - Style S170 facade lighting fixture; Relume Technologies’ Oxford decorative acorn streetscape and walkway luminaire; GE Lighting’s Evolve LED Scalable Cobrahead roadway fixture; and Edge Lighting’s TV and Dial LED decorative wall sconces.

The NGL competition was launched in 2008 “to promote excellence in the design of energy-efficient LED luminaires for general illumination in commercial lighting applications” and to serve as a specification resource for designers so they can better navigate the abundance of luminaire offerings in the marketplace. In 2012, the program began to evaluate indoor and outdoor fixtures separately as two competitions. The entries were judged, by a panel of nine lighting industry professionals, and evaluated for color, appropriate illuminance, light distribution, glare control, appearance, serviceability, value, and energy-efficiency. For the complete list of recognized luminaires go to