Next Generation Luminaires Design Competition

Evaluation Procedure

Evaluation of NGL entries will take place in following stages:

Initial screening

NGL organizers will screen entries by reviewing each submittal to verify that all required documents are included (see required documents section). The product will also be evaluated to make sure all parts necessary to mount the luminaire in its intended application are included and that the luminaire functions properly.

In-person judging

The judging panel will meet in-person to evaluate the entries (see evaluation criteria). Luminaires will be installed and connected to power.

The 2008 judging event will take place on November 6-7, 2008 and will be sponsored and hosted by Underwriters Laboratories.

Verification Testing of Finalists

Photometric performance of entries selected as finalists by the judging panel will be verified through review of photometric reports submitted by the entrant and, as necessary, supplementary testing (according to IESNA LM-79-08). Testing will be conducted by independent testing laboratories qualified by the US Department of Energy. Entrants will not be charged fees for this testing.

Photometric information for finalists will be used to evaluate luminaire efficacy, to verify color characteristics, and to identify potential problems such as unexpectedly high luminaire losses, excessive operating temperatures, low light output, and noticeable color shifts. Test results will be provided to the manufacturer.

Indoor Competitions

Evaluation Highlights

Past Competitions


NGL Judging Process
Behind the Scenes Videos

2015 Competition

2014 Competition


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