Today, the Next Generation Lighting Systems (NGLS) competition announced the start of Competition Two for its 2017-2019 program cycle. The NGLS agenda features four separate competitions over the course of the next two years.

Competition Two will evaluate “easily installed and configured LED troffer conversion (retrofit) kits with luminaire integrated sensors and controls,” and the Intent to Submit Deadline must be completed before October 20, 2017. Interested parties must fill out the online Intent to Submit entry form. A complete entrant guide is also available online.

Courtesy Next Generation Lighting Systems

In partnership with the Parsons School of Design in New York City, all NGLS entries will be permanently installed in “accessible working space” throughout the university to create a “living lab” scenario. This will enable manufacturers the ability to “observe and improve their products” and give students and faculty a first-hand look a new product developments.

On Wednesday October 18, 2017, starting at 5:30 p.m., an open house will be held at Parsons to view the seven installed systems from Competition One. NGLS team members and manufacturer representatives will be on site to answer questions. Register online.

The NGL program was first launched in 2008 and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Illuminating Engineering Society, and the International Association of Lighting Designers “… to encourage technical innovation and promote excellence in the design if energy-efficient LED luminaires for commercial, industrial, and institutional applications.” The program has gone through several iterations since its conception as categories and review criteria have evolved to maintain the program’s high standards. For compete information about the competition and an overview of all the prize-winning fixtures to date, go to NGLS website.