Next Generation Luminaires Design Competition

Judging Process

The 2013 Outdoor Competition Judging Event took place on December 9-11, 2013 at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI).

Outdoor judging photos

2013 Outdoor Competition Highlights:

In 2013, 102 outdoor products were proposed for submission to the 2013 NGL Outdoor Competition. 81 were approved to continue to the judging phase. 68 products (representing 40 manufacturers) were actually judged at Virginia Technology Transportation Institute. VTTI provided six separate venues – and experienced staff – for installing luminaires in different contexts. Products were grouped by application and judged in these groups.

The judging panel, drawn from across the outdoor architectural lighting community, evaluated the products by assessing their color, appropriate illuminance, light distribution, glare control, appearance, serviceability, and value.

To evaluate the lighted performance and appearance, street and roadway luminaires were installed on poles at appropriate heights along roadways, parking lot luminaires were installed on a truss in a parking area, parking garage luminaires were installed indoors, and building-mounted or landscape luminaires were installed on or near exterior facades or indoors. The hands-on process allowed judges to evaluate not only how the products performed but also how easy they were to install and service – a critical consideration for outdoor applications, where installation and maintenance are typically very costly. Judges were able to record comments for manufacturers on iPads that were used throughout the evaluations.


Indoor Competitions

Evaluation Highlights

Past Competitions