Lightfair Awards Were A Big Hit For Innovation
In years gone by – particularly before lighting went digital – some innovation awards and ‘new’ products left us wondering if there was anything really new in lighting. But not these days. Preceding the opening of the trade show floor, this years LFI Innovation Awards (LIAs) provided an overview of the latest lighting-related products and designs introduced over the last 12 months. The awards program encompassed over 200 products making their debut on the 2011 LFI trade show floor.
The LFI received 239 submissions for the 14 designated categories, and each product was judged by an independent panel of renowned lighting professionals. The winners were awarded for product entries that exemplified the best in innovative design and thinking.
The 2011 key award winners are:
Revel™ by Acuity Brands: Most Innovative Product of the Year—the program’s highest award, recognizing the most innovative new product;
Low-Voltage LED Wall Wash/Flood by Tech Lighting-Generation Brands: Design Excellence Award—recognizing outstanding achievement in design;
IES Lighting Handbook 10th Edition by the IES: Judges’ Citation Award—special recognition of an innovative product at the judges’ discretion.
LFI also awarded nine exhibitors that excelled in visual booth display and product presentation. New this year, LFI created an award for each of the four unique pavilions on the show floor in addition to the traditional size of booth categories. The 2011 Best Booth winners are:
- Crestron in the Building Integration Pavilion
- Solatube International in the Daylighting Pavilion
- Sensitile Systems in the Design Pavilion
- Contrast Lighting, Inc. in the Global Light + Design Pavilion
- Lux Dynamics in 100 square feet
- Structura, Inc. in 200 to 300 square feet
- Visual Lighting Technologies in 400 to 500 square feet
- Xicato in 600 to 800 square feet
- Philips Color Kinetics in 900 square feet and larger
To see all of the category winners, visit the Innovation Awards Lightfair website.
Julie Allen, Editor