Next Generation Luminaires Design Competition

Next Generation Luminaires Background

Next Generation Luminaires (NGL) encourages manufacturers to develop innovative luminaires that are energy-efficient and provide high lighting quality and consistency needed to meet specification lighting requirements. The Competition seeks to be inclusive rather than exclusive, providing specifiers a broad range of state-of-the-art SSL products deemed worthy of consideration by the judging panel.


The Department of Energy (DOE) administers federal investment in SSL research and development to advance the technology and realize its projected energy efficiency, lighting service, and economic benefits. DOE has developed a comprehensive program to support the effective commercialization and application of SSL in the general illumination market. This program includes technology demonstrations, product testing, development of industry performance standards and test procedures, information dissemination, and design programs, to recognize and reward excellence in application of this emerging technology.

On-going advances in SSL technology and the growing number of product introductions signal an opportunity to encourage, recognize, and promote LED luminaires suitable for the commercial specification market, implicitly differentiating them from LED products that will not meet the needs of lighting designers, specifiers, and users. DOE has partnered with the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) and the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) to organize this program.

The NGL Design Competition began in 2008. In 2012, the competition split into Indoor and Outdoor competitions to accommodate increased luminaire submissions and better address the unique requirements of different applications. In 2015, both the Indoor and Outdoor Competitions focused submissions on controllability and serviceability, two issues generating strong market interest. Both competitions were judged in early March, a compressed schedule that demanded considerable effort from submitting manufacturers.

Indoor Competitions

Past Competitions



NGL Judging Process
Behind the Scenes Videos

2015 Competition

2014 Competition


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