Lighting Awards List

Lighting Awards

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L Prize

Sponsor: Department of Energy (DOE)

Description: The L Prize lighting awards competition will substantially accelerate America’s shift from inefficient, dated lighting products to innovative, high-performance products. Just as Thomas Edison transformed illumination over a century ago, the L Prize will drive innovation and market adoption.
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, the L Prize is the first government-sponsored technology competition designed to spur lighting manufacturers to develop high-quality, high-efficiency solid-state lighting products to replace the common light bulb.

Deadline: The competition for the cash prize and Federal procurement will remain open until the first successful entrant is identified for each category.
Requirements & Entry form:

CLUE (Community Lighting for the Urban Environment) Competition

Sponsor: PHILIPS

Mission:The CLUE (Community Lighting for the Urban Environment) lighting awards competition expects to further position itself inside the larger community of lighting professionals and continue on the route of being an internationally recognized leader in the design community. Therefore, CLUE has set itself the goal of encouraging and challenging young designers such as students (University & Colleges) and emerging Professionals (<5 years in their profession) to develop innovative lighting concepts for interior and exterior spaces, stimulate challenging ideas and recognize individuals creating those ideas.
Prizes: Winners will be selected from all eligible submitted projects. Prizes will be awarded on merit by an international jury composed of professionals in the fields of design and urban planning. Prizes will be distributed as follows on the jury’s discretion.

Open for submission: September 15, 2015
Submission Deadline: January 31, 2016
Requirements & Entry form:

Architectural SSL Product Innovation Awards

Sponsor: Architectural SSL Magazine

Description: These lighting awards will determine and honor the best LED and solid-state luminaires and fixtures on the market, while also recognizing the players behind the components that make up these light sources. The Architectural SSL Product Innovation Awards will also recognize leaders in categories ranging from those conducting cutting-edge R+D, to those helping in the development of standards, to those pushing to make solid-state lighting a truly sustainable technology.
The Architectural SSL Product Innovation Awards will reveal the best of the best. One of the barriers hindering adoption of SSL and LED products among the architectural and lighting design community is an uncertainty about the quality of products available, or in many cases, ignorance of what is available. Architectural SSL magazine along with our judging panel will review all entered products across range of common criteria. The award winners will ultimately represent a peer-recognized selection of quality products that the architectural and lighting design community can feel comfortable specifying.

Open for submission: December 14, 2010
Submission Deadline: January 21,2011
Requirements & Entry form:

GE Edison Award

Sponsor: General Electric Company

Description: The 2010 GE Edison Award competition is open to those lighting professionals who creatively employ significant use of GE light sources (lamps and/or LEDs) in a lighting design project completed during the 2010 calendar year (from 01 January 2010 through 31 December 2010).

A panel of lighting professionals, including one representative from GE, will judge qualifying entries using a point scale based on the following criteria:
Functional excellence (15 points)
Architectural compatibility (15 points)
Effective use of state-of-the-art lighting products and techniques (15 points)
Appropriate color, form and texture revelation (15 points)
Energy effectiveness (15 points)
Cost effectiveness (15 points)
Additional features (10 points)
Projects scoring the highest number of points qualify to receive Awards of Excellence and Awards of Merit. The judges may also select Lighting Awards for Excellence in Environmental Design and an Award for Residential Design based on the presence of entries that encompass the exemplary and outstanding design features that support each category. GE reserves the right to not make an award in one or more categories.

Submission Deadline: January 11, 2011
Requirements & Entry form:

IESNA Medal Award

Sponsor: Illuminating Engineering Society of North America

Description: The IESNA Medal provides recognition for meritorious technical achievement that has conspicuously furthered the profession, art or knowledge of illuminating engineering. Accomplishments shall be in the field of engineering, design, applied illumination, optics, ophthalmology, lighting research or education. Candidates need not be members of the IESNA.

Deadline: January 31
Contact: [email protected]
Requirements & Entry form: IES Illumination Awards

IES Illumination Awards

Sponsor: Illuminating Engineering Society of North America

Description: The IES Illumination Lighting Awards provides a unique opportunity for public recognition of professionalism, ingenuity, and originality in lighting design based upon the individual merit of each entry judged against specific criteria.
Judges are selected from a broad professional spectrum that represents knowledge of lighting and design excellence. The judging system is based entirely on how well the lighting design does or does not meet the program criteria. This program is not a competition. The program is open to any qualified entrant without limitations as to professional affiliations. The Lighting Control Innovation Award Sponsored by Lighting Controls Association, the Guth Award for Interior Lighting Design, the Outdoor Lighting Design Award sponsored by Eaton’s Cooper Lighting Business, the Cutler Award for Residential Lighting Design and the Energy and Environmental Design Award sponsored by Osram Sylvania are parallel programs created to recognize outstanding lighting design.

Deadline: February 14
Contact: [email protected]
Requirements & Entry form: IES Illumination Awards


Sponsor: Cooper Lighting

Description: The SOURCE Lighting Awards is sponsored annually by Cooper Lighting, focusing on furthering the understanding, knowledge and function of lighting as a primary element of design. The competition is open to all lighting desgners, architects, engineers, professional designers and consultants who have used Coopper Lighting fixtures in a completed interior or exterior lighting design project. Professional winner(s) receive $2000 (student winner(s) $1500) plus a crystal trophy and local and national recognition through publicity and advertising. Winner(s) also receive an invitation to attend a CEU lighting seminar of choice at The SOURCE-Cooper Lighting Center.

Deadline: January 31
Requirements & Entry form: SOURCE Awards

International Illumination Design Awards (IIDA)

Sponsor: Illuminating Engineering Society of North America

Description: The IIDA Lighting Awards Program provides a unique opportunity for public recognition of professionalism, ingenuity and originality in lighting design, based upon the individual merit of each entry, judged against specific criteria. The awards consist of: The Edwin F. Guth Memorial Award for Interior Lighting Design; The Paul Waterbury Award for Outdoor Lighting, The Aileen Page Cutler Memorial Award for Residential Lighting Design and the Award for Energy Efficiency in Lighting for Commercial Buildings.

Deadline: February 28
Contact: Nomination forms are printed in the October and November issues of LD+A magazine and are available from the IESNA.

IALD Lighting Design Awards

Sponsor: International Association of Lighting Designers

Description: The International Association of Lighting Designers launches its 20th Annual International Lighting Design Awards competition featuring a revised and refocused format. The awards program continues its mission to acknowledge superior architectural lighting design. New to the process is its category focus: entries are submitted into one of seven categories, and projects are judged and recognized within those categories with Awards of Excellence, Awards of Merit and Special Citations. The project accumulating the highest point score among all the categories earns the new IALD Radiance Award for Excellence in Lighting Design.

The seven new judging categories into which entrants submit their projects are:

CorporateHospitalityResidentialAcademic/InstitutionalRetail/EntertainmentMonumental Structures/Public Spaces
Projects within a category will be considered on their own merit and not judged against other categories. Also new to this year’s IALD awards call for entries is the format in which submissions are made. In a nod to technology, projects will need to be submitted digitally in high resolution, jpeg images. Specific requirements are posted on the IALD website at and they can be requested via phone at +1.312.527.3677 and via facsimile at 1.312.527.3680.

Deadline: February 1
Contact: [email protected]

National Lighting Fixture Design Competition

Sponsor: Multiple Sponsors

Description: The purpose of Lighting for Tomorrow is to increase the market presence of energy-efficient lighting fixtures for the home. Currently, it is difficult to find high-quality, beautiful light fixtures that are also energy efficient. The competition aims to encourage fixture manufacturers to produce a range of new lighting fixtures that will complement home décor, provide high-quality light, and save consumers money by using less electricity. The competition is open to lighting fixture manufacturers and professional lighting designers. Students are eligible to participate only in partnership with a manufacturer or lighting designer.

Deadline: January (date TBA)

Louis B. Marks Award

Sponsor: Illuminating Engineering Society of North America

Description: Named in honor of the first President of the IESNA, the award shall be presented to a member of the Society in recognition of exceptional service to the Society of a non-technical nature. Candidates must be members of the IESNA

Deadline: January 31
Contact: Robert A. McCully, [email protected]

Lumen Awards

Sponsor: Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) New York Section
Description: The Lumen Lighting Awards program was conceived by the New York City Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society in 1968 and developed to encourage and publicly recognize excellence, professionalism, ingenuity and originality in lighting design. The award program has grown into a national program known as the Illumination Awards.

Deadline: (Submissions Open) January 14 – February 11, 2011
Requirements & Entry form:

Core77 Design Awards

Sponsor: Core77 design magazine & resource

Description: Appealing to a broad audience of designers, educators, writers and consumers, this year’s Lighting Awards Program features 17 categories including Furniture & Lighting. It also offers dedicated student fields (with affordable entry fees), entrant video testimonials, globally distributed juries (from 13 cities and 8 countries), live jury announcements (from the home cities of each jury team) and a unique trophy that honors design as a team sport that proves it is one of the most progressive, transparent and web-savvy awards program in the design industry! The official deadline for entries is April 10, 2012 but entrants who register by March 13 will receive a 20% earlybird discount!.
Since 1995, Core77 has served a devoted global audience of designers ranging from students through seasoned professionals. Core77 publishes articles, discussion forums, and an extensive event calendar in addition to hosting portfolios, job listings and a database of design firms, schools, vendors and services. Core77 also provides a gathering point for designers and enthusiasts alike by producing design competitions, lecture series, parties and exhibitions.

Deadline: April 10,2012
Category information: Furniture & Lighting Category
Application: How To Enter

Sylvan R. Shemitz Memorial Scholarship

Sponsors: Lighting Quotient and the Illuminating Engineers Society

Description: A scholarship in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded annually to one student who demonstrates creativity, vision and knowledge in the field of architectural lighting. This award honors the legacy of lighting pioneer and IES member Sylvan R. Shemitz, FIES. As founder of Sylvan R. Shemitz Designs, Inc., now known as The Lighting Quotient, Schemitz patented many major innovations in asymmetric lighting, including elliptipar and tambient, and invented the first single-source task/ambient lighting solution
Eligibility: The submission is open to all second, third, fourth or fifth year undergraduate or graduate students in an accredited design program..

Deadline: April 13, 2012
Winner Announced: May 24,2012

Requirements and Entry form:
Contact: [email protected]

Howard Brandston Student Lighting Design Education Grant

Administrator: Illuminating Engineering Society of North America

Description: Established to encourage and recognize students who have evidenced high professional promise through the presentation of an original and ingenious solution to a supplied lighting design problem. To be eligible to enter a solution in this competition, an applicant must be enrolled as a full-time student in an approved academic degree program. Award amount: $1000.

Deadline: May 1
Contact: Applicant forms are printed in the September issue of LD+A magazine and are available from the IESNA.

Lighting for Tomorrow

Sponsor: Cooper Lighting

Description: Lighting for Tomorrow launched its 2011 competition on January 14, 2010 with a focus on lighting control devices and solid state lighting (SSL) fixtures and replacement lamps. For the first time, Lighting for Tomorrow will be looking at lighting control products including stand-alone, system-based, and whole house devices. The new 2010 lighting controls competition is building on the 2009 fluorescent dimming competition by seeking lighting control devices that are compatible with fluorescent or LED technology. The 2010 SSL competition is open to a broad range of residential lighting applications and fixture types and for the first time replacement lamps.

Deadline: May 21
Contact: [email protected], Requirements & Entry form:

Richard Kelly Grant

Administrator: Illuminating Engineering Society of North America

Description: Established by the New York Section of the IESNA in memory of Richard Kelly, who was a pioneer in the lighting design profession. Applicants must be 35 years of age or younger, working or studying in the United States, Canada or Mexico. New and innovative work in the conceptual or applied use of light should be submitted. Award amount: $500 to $1500.

Deadline: June 3
Contact: Applicant forms are available from the IESNA.

Robert E. Thunen Memorial Scholarships

Administrator: IESNA Golden State Section

Description: Applications for the Thunen Memorial Scholarship may be submitted by full-time students who desire to study illumination as a career. Applications may be made by those who will be a junior, senior or graduate student in an accredited four year college or university located in Northern California, Nevada, Oregon or Washington. Scholarship amount: two grants of $2500 each.

Deadline: March 25
Contact: Heide Kawahata, [email protected]; or the IESNA.


Administrator: Illuminating Engineering Society of North America

Description: Award encourages and recognizes strong lighting research projects and papers by students in undergraduate illumination programs. Qualified candidates must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student in an approved academic degree program. Award amount: $1000.

Deadline: March 31
Contact: Applicant forms are available from the IESNA.

Next Generation Luminaires (NGL) Solid State Lighting Design Competition

Administrator: Department of Energy (DOE)

Description: The Next Generation Luminaires™ (NGL) Solid State Lighting (SSL) Design Competition was created to recognize and promote excellence in the design of energy-efficient LED commercial lighting luminaires.
Deadlines: An Intent to Submit form is due by August 18, 2010. The deadline for final forms and documentation is September 15, 2010 with actual product submission on October 1, 2010. Judging will take place October 28 – 29, 2010, with results announced in February 2011

High Benefit Lighting Award

Sponsor: National Lighting Bureau (NLB)

Description: Established by the National Lighting Bureau in 1980, the High-Benefit Lighting Awards Program recognizes lighting achievements that demonstrate electric illumination’s ability to enhance human performance and well-being; i.e., to provide High-Benefit Lighting. Submissions to the National Lighting Awards Program are brief descriptions of lighting projects and the benefits they provide. Everyone who enters receives a hand-inscribed Certificate of Participation. Those who submit information about particularly noteworthy projects receive more. The submitter of a noteworthy project works directly with the National Lighting Bureau’s staff to develop a comprehensive case history that is published in one or more national trade or professional journals.

Deadline: October
Contact: NLB, [email protected]
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Zumtobel Group Award

Sponsor: Zumtobel, Tridonic, Thorn

Description: The Zumtobel Group Award – Innovations for Sustainability and Humanity in the Built Environment – is an architectural award for the promotion of sustainability and humanity in the built environment. The company is seeking to stimulate new developments and concepts in the built environment.
For the 2014 award it is the fourth time the lighting group has invited submissions. For this edition of the award another category “Applied Innovations” has been added to sharpen the focus on urban developments and applied innovations in the built environment. Entries for the award will be invited in three categories: Buildings, Urban Developments & Initiatives and Applied Innovations. Each category will be sponsored by a Zumtobel Group Brand. In the past, the Award was presented in two categories.

Deadline: November
Contact: Zumtobel Group, [email protected]

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