Nearly 400 products were submitted this year for consideration for ARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING's Annual Product Issue, a strong indicator that the economy and the lighting industry remain robust. On the pages that follow you’ll see a maturity in product offerings, especially when it comes to solid-state lighting. To be sure, the industry is still grappling with LEDs as it addresses—and revisits—longstanding technical issues such as flicker, color, dimming, optics, and controls, while tackling new variables specific to LEDs, such as component compatibility. An extraordinary amount of research and development has occurred over the past five to seven years, and there is still more to do.

In selecting these products as part of our annual review, we seek to present diversity of both products and manufacturers. But we also wish to put these examples in a broader context. To that end, you will find our Technology Trends series of stories, which is a set of articles about some of the current issues helping to shape product development and the lighting industry. We debuted this series in last year’s product issue; this year, the four topics we’ve chosen to look at are LEDs’ functional capabilities, outside influences, color tuning, and product obsolescence.

As is the case with all of our product coverage throughout the year, this selection serves as a guide to the latest industry offerings. 

Click here to browse all of the products from the 2015 Annual Products Issue.