NLB Launches Call for Entries for 2024 Lighting Transformation Awards

The 2nd Annual Awards Program Recognizes Excellence in Lighting Retrofit Projects

The National Lighting Bureau is excited to announce the Call for Entries for the second annual Lighting Transformation Awards. This program celebrates excellence in lighting retrofit projects—defined as those involving minimal alteration of existing building materials. Through the creative use of lighting systems and controls, these projects should demonstrate the value of lighting, including improved visual performance, promotion of health and wellness, environmental impact, enhanced safety and security, and increased overall occupant satisfaction.

The program’s main intent is to promote best practices for a variety of indoor and outdoor lighting applications. It aims to recognize and showcase projects that provide a narrative and “how to” guide for others facing similar lighting retrofit challenges.

This year, submitted projects will be eligible to receive the Special Citation award for “exemplary controls design and implementation,” co-sponsored by the Lighting Controls Association.

“The LCA is excited to support this new award to highlight the terrific value of advanced lighting controls for building owners and managers,” said Craig DiLouie, LC, CLCP, Education Director for the Lighting Controls Association.

“We at the NLB are thrilled to announce our collaboration with the Lighting Controls Association to recognize outstanding lighting controls design and implementation in retrofit projects,” said Mary Beth Gotti, Chair of the National Lighting Bureau and Founder of the Transformation Awards.

Anyone may enter a project for the Lighting Transformation Awards. Projects should have been completed within the 2022, 2023, and 2024 calendar years. Submissions should be entered via the designated online submission form at www.nlb.org. The entry fee is $100 per project submission. For an early bird entry fee of $50, completed forms should be submitted no later than August 15, 2024. The final submission date for all project entries is August 29, 2024.

Judging criteria for the retrofit projects include:

  • Thoroughness in determining retrofit design options
  • Documented improvement in lighting quality (e.g., before and after light levels/uniformity, glare control, color enhancement, post-installation occupant surveys)
  • Energy effectiveness (including controls strategy) – including before and after energy usage
  • Universality – how easily the design applies to similar applications
  • Sustainability (ease of maintenance, user interface effectiveness, use of recycled materials for product and packaging, or materials that can be recycled)
  • Special credit points (up to 20 points) can be awarded at the judges’ discretion for extra challenges and project impact (e.g., budget, timing, location challenges/limitations, and social benefit such as community impact, pro bono projects, historic preservation)

Supplemental data beyond images and lighting specs are strongly encouraged to facilitate the most effective judging (e.g., planning documents, meeting minutes, social media comments).

Winning projects will be recognized during the 2024 NALMCO Annual Convention and Trade Show in Orlando, Florida, October 13-16, 2024. More details to follow.

About the NLB

The National Lighting Bureau is an independent, IRS-recognized not-for-profit educational foundation that has served as a trusted lighting information source. The Bureau provides its services to the public free of charge, thanks to the generous funding of the organization’s sponsors, including professional societies, trade associations, labor unions, manufacturers, and agencies of the U.S. government.


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