The lighting industry is continually shaped by changes in technology and regulations that determine the type and scope of products available for specification. This year, we saw lighting manufacturers embrace solid-state technology with higher efficacies and novel form factors across application types.

Philips Rethinks the A19 with a Flat Form Factor
Announced in early 2014 as a 60W replacement lamp (shown above), the pancake-flat model is among a new class of lamps combining old-school forms with new technology in the quest to develop an LED replacement lamp that consumers actually like. Read more.

Architectural Lighting’s Annual Products Guide
Each year we sort through hundreds of editorial submissions to root out the best of the latest lighting innovations. This year, we showcased more than 150 products from tasklights to bollards in the May-June issue of our print magazine and online. Read more.

The 30W CFL Replacement Lamp Gets a Design-Savvy Makeover
LED lamps aren’t the only replacement products seeking to win over consumers. One London studio grew its line of designer CFL lamps earlier this year with a nod to the Edison form factor, and launched the product on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. Read more.

Inside the Development of Peerless’ Open Luminaire
We spoke with product developers at Acuity Brands/Peerless about their Open luminaire—which topped the 2014 Lightfair Innovation Awards—to learn more about its linear, lens-free form. Read more.

Five Fixtures for High-Ceiling Applications
Light up airports, convention halls, shopping centers, and more with high-output illumination that avoids shadows and dark spots. We report on the latest products in the category. Read more.

Cree’s 200 Lumen-Per-Watt Concept Luminaire
In February, the manufacturer announced that it had developed an A/C-powered prototype that surpasses a Department of Energy output benchmark established for 2020. Read more.

Seven Lighting Products for Specialized Spaces
The newest fixtures in the specialty lighting category offer high-output and durability for task-specific applications such as manufacturing facilities, food-processing plants, and marine environments. Read more.

Four Luminaires that Offer High Design and Efficacy
Representing innovative form factors, series expansions, and improved efficacies, these products are just a sample of the product news we receive each week. Read more.

Four Sleek and Simple Controls
Behind these subtle new switch plates are systems that offer smooth dimming no matter the lamp type. Read more.

Center State: Theatrical Fixtures for Architectural Spaces
Translate the high-output and color clarity of theaters, stages, and screening sets into architectural applications requiring extra attention. Read more.