September 24, 2014

Next Generation Luminaires (NGL) announced the 2014 recipients of its LED indoor lighting design awards on September 17 at the The LED Show in Los Angeles. Focal Point is proud to have earned lighting awards for our ID LED high ceiling downlight and Nivo™ recessed luminaire. In the rapidly growing and highly competitive LED lighting market, NGL recognized both Focal Point products as particularly worthy of specification for their intended applications.

Focal Point’s Winning Products for 2014

The Nivo recessed luminaire is designed to fit into a 2' x 2' ceiling opening. The frameless design eliminates any visual distraction, allowing the diffuser to mimic a ceiling panel when mounted flush with the ceiling. The diffuser can also extend below the ceiling up to seven inches in one-inch increments, bringing luminous dimensionality into the architectural space. Judges were impressed by Nivo’s appearance, light distribution, dimming and design flexibility. Since the competition, we’ve added more design options with a new hollow diffuser plus a 4.5" x 4.5" downlight version.


The ID LED high ceiling downlight was chosen for its appearance, lumen output, glare control and color properties. Impressed with its lighting quality and its range of options, judges called ID LED a “beautiful high ceiling downlight” – a credit to our skillfully engineered optical design for precise brightness control. Download our ID LED High Ceiling brochure for full details.


About the NGL Competition

NGL is a joint project of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) of North America, the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE), represented by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Since 2008, the NGL solid state lighting design contest has been encouraging superior lighting designs and increasing market acceptance for the use of energy-efficient LED technology in general-purpose lighting.

Winning NGL recognition isn’t easy. A total of 266 products were submitted for competition in the 2014 NGL indoor lighting awards, and only about one-fifth of these submissions made it through the qualification and judging phases to achieve final recognition. Award recipients were grouped into several application categories, which means that only a handful of luminaires were honored in each category.

Choosing the Best

Ten leading experts from the architectural lighting community scored products on color, illuminance, glare control, light distribution, serviceability, value, and appearance. Lumen maintenance and luminous efficacy were evaluated based on LM79, LM80 and TM21 data submitted to the DoE’s Lighting Facts program.

The three-step judging process was designed to combine objective measurement with each judge’s personal evaluation. At the end of the process, recognized products in each category were chosen by consensus, ensuring that each lighting award recipient truly stood apart from the competition.

As DoE Solid-State Lighting Program Manager Jim Brodrick explains, “Any product that earns the recognition of the NGL judges has to be pretty special. They’re a tough audience – impossible to fool and hard to please.”

We think all of our LED products are pretty special, and we’re proud to have earned recognition from NGL – a leading industry organization dedicated to LED lighting excellence.