With the AIA National Convention and Lightfair literally back-to-back this year, there were plenty of lighting products on display from April 30 to May 7. Here's a sampling of what was on view and some products that made an impression on the architects and lighting designers in attendance.

AIA 2009

Ovalinear Style
159 Style 159 is a new addition to the Ovalinear family of luminaires and expands the line's offerings into outdoor lighting applications, including the illumination of entry canopies or signs. The compact fixture utilizes metal halide lamps to assure excellent color rendering. Featuring an integral ballast, the luminaire is also wet-listed compliant and can be either surface or cantilever mounted.

Task/Ambient Style L231
This first single-component task/ambient system incorporates energy-efficient T5 lamps in an extruded aluminium housing, and “Glowline” optics that convert underutilized lamp energy into a decorative illuminated accent on the fixture's front face. L231 can mount to any furniture system while delivering a unique combination of efficiency and visual comfort through advanced lens and louver optics. The luminaires are compatible with an array of push-button, personal dimming, and wireless control options.

Intense Lighting
V-Rail Modular LED Rail System
V-Rail is the first modular solid-state rail system for both indoor and outdoor applications. The system provides flexible options for lighting stairs or ramps and may also be used as a guardrail. Easy to install, light distribution patterns are controlled by a unique field-adjustable reflector system. High-brightness LEDs project more than 10 footcandles along the path of egress and meet ANSI code for stair illumination. Mounting options include wall mount, post mount, or embedded. Stainless steel or aluminum construction is available. V-Rail will be commercially available by October 2009.

Insight Lighting
Smart Panel
Appropriate for wayfinding, corporate signage, or advertising promotional graphics, this LED edge-lit product combines LED high-performance platforms with custom-etched acrylic panels that provide a one-to-one uniformity. Available in Designer sizes up to 32 square feet and Architectural sizes up to 24 feet, the slim-profile, extruded aluminium flip frame, enables toolless installation and removal of graphics. Panels are available with either an integral or remote 24V power supply.

Kim Lighting
Warp9 LED
This introduction of an LED option for the WARP9 family of luminaires uses a patented optical system that shapes, points, and tightly controls the light beam for low-glare, high-performance outdoor area lighting. The LEDs are encased in individual modules integrated with reflectors so they can be precisely aimed for uniform illumination and replaced as solid-state lighting technology evolves. The LEDs are offered in two standard white light choices: 3500K and 5100K. The luminaire is also able to provide wide-throw ground plane illumination to maintain fixture spacing without producing excess glare.

Lightfair 2009

LEDs were definitely at the forefront of the new product offerings, achieving technical milestones and enabling the development of new fixture lines. Quality LED lighting products are pulling away from the glut of general LED offerings. Helping to distinguish and define this onslaught of new products, it was reassuring to see that the Judges Citation at the Lightfair Innovation Awards went to the Illuminating Engineering Society's guide LM-80-08 Approved Method for Measuring Lumen Maintenance of LED Light Sources.

Visa Lighting
Winner in its category of “Chandeliers, Pendants, Sconces, Tasklights & Decorative Luminiares” at the 2009 Lightfair Innovation Awards, this 4-foot-tall pendant is one of several new fixtures from Visa Lighting that offers contemporary decorative lighting solutions for a variety of applications from commercial office interiors to retail and hospitality venues. The fixture body is made of an acrylic housing with an aluminum frame. Multiple source options include: T5 and T8 lamps, LEDs, and optional PAR or AR111 downlights. Airfoil is available in 16-, 24-, and 36-inch widths, and an acrylic connecting element enables the luminaire to be grouped in multiples for a chandelier effect.

Luminus Devices
Heralded as the co-winner (along with Philips Lumileds Lighting Luxeon Rebel ES) for the Technical Innovation Award in the “Specialty Lamps” category at the 2009 Lightfair Innovation Awards, this large-chip white LED in a new surface mounted package of only 9 square millimeters combines high power and efficiency. The 6500K white, 10W LED offers 100 lumens per watt—a technical milestone for solid-state lighting.

Designed specifically for display and retail installations, this LED replacement lamp offers an alternative to 50W to 90W halogen PAR38 lamps. The LRP-38 lamp has an input power of only 12W, a narrow-beam spotlight of 20 degrees, and, with Cree's proprietary TrueWhite technology, generates a color rendering index of 92 at a color temperature of 2700K. The unique optical design with an indirect reflector maximizes the amount of light within the beam without direct source view. According to the manufacturer, the lamp is designed to last 50,000 hours in open-track fixtures or 35,000 hours in commercial-grade downlights.

Philips LumiLEDs Lighting
Luxeon Rebel ES
Celebrated as the co-winner (along with Luminus Devices' SST-90-W) for the Technical Innovation Award in the “Specialty Lamps” category at the 2009 Lightfair Innovation Awards, this LED offers the technical achievement of 100 lumens per watt in both a neutral white 4100K and a cool white 5650K. It also has a tighter binning process.

Taking home the Design Excellence Award at the 2009 Lightfair Innovation Awards, this 48W or 96W indirect/direct suspended luminaire features an edge-light optic that blends multiple LED point sources for a uniform and glare-free delivery of light. Applicable for office and classroom installations, the fixture design prevents a direct line of sight to the source while providing 3500 lumens and a color rendering index of 85.