Built on the technology that won the 2014 NGL for Emerging Technology, QuarkStar wins again in the 2016 NGL, this time for asymmetric lighting with our first production-ready example of the patented Edge-X technology in one of lighting's most challenging applications. The Q-Wall - now commercialized as the Q-Wash - is market ready and has the most uniform distribution of its class.
As LED technology and product design have evolved, NGL requirements have become increasingly demanding. “The NGL bar is set high, and the tires get kicked often and hard,” said DOE SSL Program Manager Jim Brodrick. “So when the judges award a product, you know it was well earned.”
The Next Generation Luminaires (NGL) Design Competition sponsored by the DOE:
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Illuminating Engineering Society, and the International Association of Lighting Designers, NGL was launched in 2008 to encourage technical innovation and promote excellence in the design of energy-efficient LED luminaires for commercial, industrial, and institutional applications.
The Next Generation Luminaires (NGL) Design Competition continues to focus its efforts on key applications where product quality and availability clearly lag market opportunity. This permits the competition to spend more time considering performance in depth rather than spreading resources to evaluate large numbers of products regardless of type or application.
For indoor products, the 2016 target areas included luminaires with high lumen-output capabilities for commercial and industrial applications, as well as several aspects of controls. These included simple digital dimming (required of all entrants); dim-to-warm (incandescent emulation); tunable-white (independent control of color and output); and connected systems of luminaires, sensors, and controls.
[ Read about it directly on the DOE NGL site ... ]