Deadline Extended to Enter the Tesla Awards

As the National Lighting Bureau (NLB) prepares to host the 2024 Tesla Awards this March with winners announced at LEDucation in New York City, the submission deadline has been extended to January 25, 2024 — and it’s free to enter this year. Lighting professionals are encouraged to share their innovative lighting designs from 2021-2023 for improved lighting performance, health, and safety here

The Tesla Awards recognize excellence in lighting projects that – through the creative use of lighting systems and controls – illustrate the value of lighting including, but not limited, to: improved visual performance, promotion of health and wellness, environmental impact including reduced light pollution/preservation of nighttime lighting quality, enhanced safety and security, and increased overall occupant satisfaction. The program also strives to illustrate creative solutions that allow exceptional challenges and obstacles to be overcome.

The intent of the Tesla Awards is to promote best practices for a wide variety of indoor and outdoor lighting applications. The program aims to do more than highlight beautiful architecture by recognizing projects that provide a narrative and “how to” guide for others with similar lighting challenges.

The submission fee will be waived for 2024. Projects should have been completed with the 2021, 2022 and 2023 calendar years. Submissions should be entered via the designated online submittal process by January 25.

Judging criteria:

• Innovation

• Application effectiveness – adherence to high quality lighting principles; includes effectiveness of the user interface

• Energy effectiveness – includes controls strategy

• Universality – how readily the design applies to other applications

• Sustainability – includes ease of maintenance, use of recycled materials in product/packaging or materials that are recyclable, and other environmental measures

Special credit points can be awarded at the discretion of the judges for extra project challenge and project impact – e.g., budget, timing, location challenges/limitations, and social benefit (community impact, pro bono projects, historic preservation, etc.)

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