For the second year, the competition has expanded its scope to include solid-state lighting (SSL) replacement lamps and lighting controls.
The 2011 judging panel reviewed a total of 52 products including 39 SSL luminaires at Underwriters Laboratories (UL) University in Research Triangle Park, NC. See all winners here.
Two products were entered for the controls category, and both received awards:
WINNER: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc Diva C·L Dimmer
Over the last few years, CFL and LED bulbs capable of dimming have become more readily available but many still have performance issues when used with a standard incandescent dimmer. Lutron’s Diva C·L dimmer specifically addresses issues commonly found when dimming these lamps including lights turning off while being dimmed, not turning on, and turning off unexpectedly or flickering. This new dimmer has been engineered to solve these issues and is UL listed to work with a broad range of lamps, ensuring that today’s dimmer is compatible with tomorrow’s light sources.
The Diva C·L dimmer from Lutron works with dimmable CFLs and LEDs in addition to incandescent and halogen lamps. The new dimmer uses Lutron’s HED Technology, featuring advanced dimming circuitry designed for compatibility with most high-efficacy residential lamps. The dimmer can even dim a mixed load of light sources (i.e., dimmable LED and halogen bulbs) on the same circuit. Lutron continuously tests and publishes a list of approved dimmable CFL and dimmable LED bulbs so that consumers can be sure of smooth dimming performance.
HONORABLE MENTION: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc RadioRA 2 Phase-Adaptive Dimmer
The RadioRA 2 Phase-Adaptive Dimmer is compatible with electronic low-voltage, magnetic low-voltage, incandescent, halogen and dimmable LED and CFL load types. While this would have required several different wallbox controls in the past, this new dimmer is able to sense the load type that it is connected to and change its output waveform to properly and safely control that load. This technology, previously available in Lutron’s remote panel-based controls, is now available in a standard wallbox configuration – the Lutron Maestro dimmer style. To respond to the ultra-low wattages of high-efficacy lighting, the dimmer has a 5W minimum load, but scales all the way up to a 600W output. It can be connected to several other wallbox locations for 3- and 4-way dimming. The dimmer is amazingly compact, with a back box penetration of only 1-1/8”, making installation simple. This dimmer allows the halogen lamp installed today to be replaced by a CFL tomorrow and later replaced with an LED.