2010 LightFair International

More than 20,000 of the best and brightest people in lighting technology and design attended LightFair International 2010 in Las Vegas in May, setting a new attendance record for the world’s largest lighting conference and expo.

The LFI Innovation Awards is an overview of the latest lighting-related products and designs introduced during the last 12 months or launched at LightFair. This year, LightFair received nearly 200 submissions in 14 categories, and each individual product was judged by an independent panel of renowned lighting professionals. The winners were awarded for product entries that exemplify the best in innovative design and thinking.

In addition to the individual best-of-category winners, four major LFI Innovation Awards are doled out each year in Design Excellence, Technical Innovation, Judges’ Citation and Most Innovative Product.

Taking the top prize of Most Innovative Product of the Year was the Helieon Sustainable Light Module System by Bridgelux and Molex.

Most Innovative Product of the Year—Helieon Sustainable Light Module System by Bridgelux and Molex

The Helieon lighting system is a “plug-and-play,” sustainable solid state lighting module that integrates LED lighting with a socketed solution. Combining solid state lighting technology from California-based Bridgelux and interconnect technology from Illinois-based Molex, the Helieon lighting system is intended to simplify the process of designing, building, replacing and upgrading luminaires. Bridgelux CEO William Watkins says he expects the system to “debunk the myth that solid state lighting isn’t ready for mass adoption” while creating a $100 billion market opportunity.

Helieon modules enable flexibility in changing the look and feel of the lighting installation with the simplicity of replacing a light bulb.

“You have to work within the familiar system,” says Jason Posselt, vice president of marketing for Bridgelux. “There’s a trade-off there, but consumers are looking for options they’re comfortable with.

“Among the advantages of the product is that you can change it after installation. A lot of LED luminaires are designed for life, but since LEDs are constantly getting better, [the Helieon system] offers a lot of flexibility and an upgrade path.”

Helieon, which also earned a best-of-category nod in Specialty Lamps,  will be available for production shipments this month. It carries a three-year warranty and its manufacturers say it will enable luminaires to meet Energy Star, Title 24, Part L and other global regulatory standards. Helieon is RoHS compliant and is in the process of securing UL recognition to further simplify the design and customer acceptance process.

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