This year, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Next Generation Luminaires (NGL) competition will focus on solid state lighting systems with controls, not just the luminaires. Hence, the DOE now calls the competition the Next Generation Luminaire Systems (NGLS) competition.
The new NGLS will include multiple competitions and will have a tighter focus on specific lighting applications. Also, NGLS will feature an expanded evaluation process with installations in real-world settings and greater interaction among judges, entrants, and host sites.
The first NGLS competition (the 2017 Indoor Competition) will exclusively examine connected lighting systems for interior applications, with NGLS staging four Indoor competitions over two years.
According to the organizers, the new approach is to reflect the increasing importance of easy-to-use luminaire-integrated control systems, especially for existing spaces.
The organizers also want to use the competition to teach the industry more about the installation, economics, and operation of such systems.
As part of the competition, the qualified electrical contractors will install and configure the LED lighting systems and controls. Then, utility personnel, facilities professionals, and lighting practitioners will conduct performance evaluations. After that, students and faculty of Parsons School of Design, as well as manufacturer entrants, will perform ongoing evaluations of the entered systems within the school’s living lab.