LightFair has announced its 2023 LightFair Innovation Award winners, previewing the most innovative products to be featured, May 23-25 at the Javits Center in New York. Winners were chosen in eleven categories along with four overall excellence distinctions: Most Innovative Product of the Year (TLS LumiPano by TLS Architectural Lighting), Technical Innovation (LynxEM Wireless Control by Magtech), Design Excellence (Neo Pendant & Surface Mount by OCL Architectural Lighting) and Judges’ Citation (Poleclick by TEKPOLES).
“Every year, LightFair exhibitors submit their best and brightest new innovations for consideration in the LIAs,” said Dan Darby, show director. “The 2023 winners represent new and necessary industry innovations, and we are thrilled to give the industry a sneak peek at some of the exceptional products to be showcased at the LightFair Trade Show next month in New York.”
The 2023 LIAs recognize the most innovative products—across eleven award categories and four overall excellence distinctions—introduced since the 2022 edition of LightFair. (NOTE: Product information, images and booth numbers for winning products follows.)
Judging criteria for the 2023 Lightfair Innovation Award winners included the product’s clarity of purpose, versatility, adaptability, sustainability, ease of use, design efficiency, and aspects that enhanced human wellbeing, among others.
The 2023 Lightfair Innovation Award category winners and special distinction honorees are:
- Most Innovative Product of the Year: TLS LumiPano by TLS Architectural Lighting
- Technical Innovation: LynxEM Wireless Control by Magtech
- Design Excellence: Neo Pendant & Surface Mount by OCL Architectural Lighting
- Judges’ Citation: Poleclick by TEKPOLES
- Controls Components: ATOM Series Wall Switch with Scene Controls by Magtech
- Control Enabling Technology: Intelligent Lighting Control Ecosystem with AI-Based Video Analytics by WiSilicia
- Drivers: LiteStream D by LTF Technology
- Downlights: Ghost by BOLD Lighting
- Indoor Decorative: Neo Pendant & Surface Mount by OCL Architectural Lighting
- Indoor General Lighting: TLS LumiPano by TLS Architectural Lighting
- Non- Luminous Products: LightStanza by LightStanza
- Outdoor Lighting: BlueHopper Permanent Roofline Lighting by Meshtek
- Sources: LUXEON HL1Z by Lumileds
- Specialty Lighting: LynxEM Wireless Control by Magtech
- Track: Solo by Glint Lighting
Judges for this year’s awards were an independent panel of lighting professionals: Domingo Gonzales, principal at Domingo Gonzales Associates; Zachary Pearson, designer at Fisher Marantz Stone; Kenneth Schultz, principal at Focus Lighting; Scott Guenther, associate principal at MCLA Architectural Lighting Design and Monica Llamas, lighting designer & project manager at the Office for Visual Interaction. The judging was moderated by Mark Roush of IES and Experience Light LLC.
Tradeshow attendees can view a product gallery of winning Lightfair Innovative Award winners at the LightFair LIA Lounge on the exhibit floor and in the exhibitors’ booths and in the virtual awards directory in the LightFair App.
The 2023 LightFair Trade Show and Conference will focus on future-shaping innovations and an incredible attendee experience driven by new product discovery, networking, and on-floor education, Sunday, May 21, through Thursday, May 25, at the Javits Center in New York City.
Registration for LightFair 2023 opened February 15, with complimentary Trade Show access for IALD and IES members.
2023 LightFair Innovation Award Winners
Most Innovative Product of the Year – the program’s highest award, recognizing the most innovative new product—TLS LumiPano by TLS Architectural Lighting, Booth 3112
General Lighting – TLS LumiPano by TLS Architectural Lighting, Booth 3112
The TLS LumiPano is a metal panel system of custom perforated patterns in six standard sizes from 2×2 to 4×10 feet with a lightweight polycarbonate diffuser that is 87 percent transmissive. Each panel is custom constructed to bespoke and organic shapes for a diffused homogenous luminous design backlit by TLS systems in multiple color options and pixel control. Panels are easily installed, without requiring a T-bar ceiling, and accessible due to magnetic profile clipping technology.
Technical Innovation Award – recognizing the most forward-thinking advancement in lighting technology – LynxEM Wireless Control by Magtech, Booth 1969
Specialty Lighting – LynxEM Wireless Control by Magtech, Booth 1969
LynxEM from MAGTECH provides wireless communication between emergency battery drivers, emergency exit signs and emergency lighting all in one place. It enables monitoring of battery capacity, light loads, voltage and current status from a handheld device. It also performs monthly and yearly testing per NFPA 101 regulations to eliminate human cost and error. The test report will be automatically delivered and kept for sixty months.
Design Excellence Award – recognizing outstanding achievement in design – Neo Pendant & Surface Mount by OCL Architectural Lighting, Booth 3214
Decorative Luminaries – Neo Pendant & Surface Mount by OCL Architectural Lighting, Booth 3214
The Neo Pendant from OCL is a one-piece rotational molded diffuser that is enclosed and completely sealed for fully wet locations. An inner cone designed into the mold pulls light down from the proprietary light engine and spreads it evenly for soft, uniform illumination with minimal glare. It includes impact resistance for education and outdoor, and is available in 4 CCTs at 80 or 90 CRI, warm dim, and RGBW in 18-inch, 24-inch, and 36-inch diameters. An IP66 wet location surface-mount version is available with a stem-mount pending.
Judges’ Citation – Special recognition at judges’ discretion – Poleclick by TEKPOLES, Booth 910
Maintenance on street and area lighting is often done at a 6- to 12-meter height, with two workers using hand tools taking twenty to twenty-five minutes. Installing a Poleclick connector enables replacement of LED luminaires within five minutes. It is tool-free, structurally strong, unnoticeable with the same pole diameter, universally compatible with lighting and poles brands, versatile for horizontal and vertical application and safe.
Non-Luminous Products – LightStanza by LightStanza, Booth 2071
The Labarazzi® TLA generator generates flickering light for test and demonstration. The Labarazzi offers 26 preset flicker signals and can navigate between the signals with indications of waveform, frequency, flicker percent, duty cycle, modulation depth, PstLM and SVM. Users can design customized flicker signals by choosing waveform (square, sawtooth, triangle, sine and cosine) and add frequency, modulation depth and duty cycle, then watch the result with the built-in 3000 K LED. LightStanza is a web-based collaborative Lighting Calculation Tool with a revit Plugin that accelerates BIM and CAD workflows through the cloud.
Sources – LUXEON HL1Z by Lumileds, Booth 2642
LUXEON HL1Z is a small un-domed power LED producing 137 lumen per watt. Top emission prevents “cross-talk” and contributes to superior color over angle (COA) performance and color consistency. Size and directional emission enable tight arrays, precise beam control, a smaller light emitting area, small optical solutions and cost reductions. In a 25° spot, it outperforms other LEDs by as much as 20 percent and as much as 40 percent in intensity. It is ideal for high center beam candle power applications.
Drivers – LiteStream D by LTF Technology, Booth 1768
From LTF Technology comes the LiteStream D wireless 100-277 volt dual-channel LED drivers for human centric lighting applications. It can be added to any 2-channel COB or LED array in order to create a wireless color tunning or automated circadian lighting product. Its enabled mesh network via Bluetooth® or Wi-Fi protocols allowing CCT tuning, dimming, zone controls, scheduling, group control and voice commands via Google Home or Amazon Alexa with no need for sophisticated wiring or control modules.
Track – Solo by Glint Lighting, Booth 1646
Solo from Glint is a point-source luminaire that can be optically aimed without moving the luminaire itself. An internal mechanism controls the direction of light with no tilting components. Solo has an inward-facing LED, advanced low-scatter optics and an adaptive baffle for low glare with consistent color uniformity and beam quality. The core module is only 2 inches wide and 5/8-inch deep, enabling many products variants. It is compact, glare-free and fully-adjustable.
Downlights: Ghost by BOLD Lighting, Booth 2545
Ghost from Bold Lighting, is a unique optical lighting system designed to disappear in a narrow 1” slot. The optics are deeply regressed to give the impression of a slim void. The mud flange provides a trimless integration in gypsum ceilings. Ghost relies on indirect light reflectors and double focus lens technology to achieve glare-free optics. It offers an infinite number of optical iterations allowing transitions from a fixed to an adjustable downlight, and to a single and even double wallwash for an outstanding quiet ceiling effect.
Outdoor Lighting – BlueHopper Permanent Roofline Lighting by Meshtek, Booth 1763
MESHTEK introduces BlueHopper’s smart, digitally addressable and permanent roofline lighting. Contained in a molded base and cover system it blends in during the day while providing programmable lighting effects at night. Controlled with the MeshTek’s long range BLE mesh platform, its technology secures perimeter nightly. It offers user-intuitive apps and a multi-user, multi-network control for small residential to large municipal projects.
Controls Components – ATOM Series Wall Switch with Scene Controls by Magtech, Booth 1969
MAGTECH introduces the ATOM—a wireless wall switch, compatible with zigbee Pro or Bluetooth 5.0, with multiple scene controls and built-in relay for on and off control in 2- to 8-button models. It is suitable for multi-gang installation with 110-277V input. It supports low power loads and features power failure memory—returning to set level at moment of failure.
Control Enabling Technology – Intelligent Lighting Control Ecosystem with AI-Based Video Analytics by WiSilicia, Booth 2464
From the WiSilica family comes the Lumos Controls Intelligent Lighting Control Ecosystem that has initiated the application and use of AI-based video analytics for smart lighting and building controls. It offers endless opportunities in all industries including fall detection, lighting control with gestures, environment security through lighting, accurate daylight sensing response and occupancy-based lighting automation.