LED shines at lighting competition
The future of energy-efficient lighting shone brightly at the sixth annual Lighting for Tomorrow competition, as a record 32 companies submitted entries featuring the latest in light-emitting diode (LED) technology. In all, 56 solid-state lighting models incorporated LEDs, while 40 models used compact fluorescent lighting (CFL).
The grand prize winner was MaxLite’s Brigantine Fixture Family. The competition, launched in 2002, is organized by the American Lighting Association (ALA), the U.S. Dept. of Energy (represented by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory), and the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE).
This year’s competition included categories for indoor and outdoor fixture families using pin-based linear or CFLs. LED-based fixtures encouraged manufacturers to use LEDs in innovative, energy-efficient designs. Solid-state lighting fixtures were judged on color appearance, color rendering, amount and distribution of light, overall aesthetic appearance, innovation and application efficiency compared to standard lighting technologies. Two new categories were added to the fluorescent competition — one for outdoor living fixtures and one for indoor recessed downlights.
The grand prize winner for the 2008 Lighting for Tomorrow Yearbook competition was MaxLite, which won for its indoor fixture “Brigantine.” The Brigantine Collection combines old and new — the color and mood of oil lamps and tall ships with GU-24 CFL lighting. The Brigantine Collection includes a sconce, flush-mount ceiling fixture, a hanging pendant, a wall sconce, a single-light vanity, a three-light vanity, as well as a three-light chandelier and a five-light chandelier.
Cleveland-based Kichler Lighting, a traditional light fixture manufacturer, was the 2008 Solid State Lighting Competition winner in the Near-term Applications category (for LED products) with its “Design Pro Series Undercabinet.” The fixture comes in 6-, 12- and 18-inch lengths and features an LED Bright Disc in a 3/8-inch aluminum profile.
Royce Lighting swept the competition in the New Outdoor Living category with three winners. Designers Fountain, Savoy House and Sea Gull Lighting were repeat winners in the Traditional Outdoor CFL fixture family category.
The winners were announced at an award ceremony during the American Lighting Association conference held last week. The award winners were:
• Grand Prize Winner/Indoor Fixture Families
“Brigantine” by Maxlite
• Near-term Applications/Solid State Lighting Fixtures
“Design Pro Series Undercabinet” by Kichler Lighting
“LR4 Recessed Downlight” by Cree LED Lighting Solutions
“Cylindrium Desk/Task Light” by Luximo
• Winner/Indoor Fixture Families
“Carson” by American Fluorescent
“Izoro” by Lithonia Lighting
“Westin” by Progress Lighting
• Recessed Downlight Winner
“Lytecaster” by Lightolier
“Halo” by Cooper Lighting
“IriS” by Cooper Lighting
• Traditional Outdoor Winner/Outdoor Fixture Families
“Sedona” by Designers Fountain
“St. Andrew” by Savoy House Lighting
“Eternity” by Sea Gull Lighting Products
• Outdoor Living Winner/Outdoor Fixture Families
“Madison” by Royce Lighting
“Palo Alto” by Royce Lighting
“Campiello” by Royce Lighting
Handy Hardware fully operational after Hurricane Ike
Less than a week after Hurricane Ike struck the Texas Gulf Coast, Handy Hardware Wholesale, is operating at full capacity, the Houston-based company announced.
“We have resumed all normal delivery schedules and continue to focus on the service to our member-dealers, as well as our employees in the aftermath of such a horrible natural disaster,” Handy Hardware president Tina Kirbie said.
According to Mickey Schulte, vp-marketing and purchasing, there was minimal damage to the operation, which allowed the distributor to focus on the needs of its member-dealers. “Our fleet suffered no damage, and we had limited damage to our inventory. The minor repairs to the roof of our 560,000-square-foot warehouse are already complete,” he said.
Established in 1961, Handy Hardware Wholesale operates in 10 states, mostly in the South and Southeast.
Lowe’s, NASCAR’s Johnson raising money for Ike victims
Lowe’s, along with NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson, will be raising money for victims of Hurricane Ike when Johnson participates in the NASCAR Spring Cup Race this weekend at Dover International Speedway in Delaware.
Through “Racing for Relief,” Lowe’s will donate $48 for every lap of the scheduled 400 laps that Johnson completes to the American Red Cross to help provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to victims of Ike and other 2008 hurricanes. In addition, if Johnson wins the race, Lowe’s will donate an additional $4,800.
As part of the promotion, the Red Cross logo will be displayed on the deck lid of Johnson’s No. 48 Lowe’s Impala.
Funds raised through Lowe’s Racing for Relief will supplement an existing $1 million Lowe’s donation to the American Red Cross. More than 1,575 Lowe’s stores nationwide are serving as official cash donation sites to benefit the American Red Cross relief efforts throughout the 2008 hurricane season. Lowe’s will match in-store contributions dollar-for-dollar, up to $250,000.
Since partnering with the Red Cross in 1999, Lowe’s has raised more than $17.5 million for disaster relief.