By Anthony Capkun
December 5, 2012 – GE Lighting has announced its Call for Entries for the 30th annual GE Edison Award competition, recognizing excellence and quality in professional lighting designs that employ the significant use of GE lighting products, including, but not limited to:
… LED systems, LED luminaires, LED architectural products, LED lamps and modules, lighting controls, and non-LED lamps and luminaires.
A web-based entry submittal process has been developed to replace the former hard-copy one. Online entries must be received by 5 pm EST on January 7, 2013. To submit a project, applicants should go to the GE Edison Award website for full details.
The competition is open to designers, architects, engineers and consultants for projects completed during the 2012 calendar year. Online entries are judged on the following criteria:
• functional excellence
• architectural compatibility
• effective use of state-of-the-art lighting products and techniques
• appropriate colour, form and texture revelation
• energy efficiency and cost effectiveness
Projects scoring the highest number of points will qualify to receive either Awards of Merit or Awards of Excellence. The GE Edison Award Winner is selected from among the Awards of Excellence.
In addition to these distinctions, an Award for Residential Lighting Design is presented to the project that best exemplifies excellence in lighting design within a residential application, using the same criteria as the other award categories. For this category, judges are looking for designs with innovative application(s) of light and the creative integration of lighting layers and controls.
The Award for Environmental Design gives special recognition to projects that minimize the use of energy, maximize the use of daylighting, control light pollution, and ensure system durability and maintainability.
All qualifying entrants will be invited to an awards ceremony taking place April 22, 2013, in Philadelphia, Pa., on the evening prior to the opening of Lightfair International, the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting tradeshow and conference. At that time, all winners will be recognized with personalized plaques acknowledging their lighting design achievements.
The identity of the 2012 GE Edison Award Winner will remain confidential until announced at the awards ceremony. The winner will receive a personalized Steuben crystal trophy and continued publicity throughout the following year. A distinctive plaque also will be presented to the owner of the winning installation.
All lighting projects submitted for award consideration must have been completed between January 1 and December 31, 2012, and must employ significant use of GE Lighting Products.