The NLB Introduces the Art & Science of Lighting Awards

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NASHVILLE – February 3, 2021 – The National Lighting Bureau (NLB) is excited to announce the 2020 NLB Art and Science Awards. The purpose of the awards program is to give recognition to outstanding products that are innovative in the Art of Lighting, the Science of Lighting, or both. The awards program was created by longtime NLB member Mary Beth Gotti, with the distinctive title from Manny Feris of Lutron. The juror panel consisted of some of the most knowledgeable and experienced professionals in the lighting industry. The seven jurors were:

  • Paul Tarricone
    Editor and Publisher, LD+A
  • Paul Pompeo
    President, Pompeo Group
  • James R. Benya, PE, FIES, FIALD
    Principal Illuminating Engineer and Lighting Designer, Benya Burnett Consultancy
  • Terry McGowan, FIES, LC
    Lighting Ideas, Inc.
  • Cary Mendelsohn
    CEO, Imperial Lighting Maintenance
  • Manny Feris
    LEED AP, Lutron Electronics OEM Team
  • Jean Paul Freyssinier
    Senior Research Scientist, Lighting Research Center

The judging committee compiled the 2020 candidate slate primarily by reviewing other product award programs and soliciting input from designers and other lighting industry professionals. The judging criteria gave the jurors considerable latitude in how they ranked products. The diverse panel and freedom of criteria led to much debate amongst the jurors, which contributed greatly to being able to narrow down the selections to only the truly outstanding products. The winners of the NLB Art and Science Awards, by category, are:

  • The Art of Lighting
    Kuzco Magellan
  • The Science of Lighting
    LensVector adjustable beam spread Lens
  • The Art and Science of Lighting
    Fluxwerx Profile Mini
  • The Non-lighting Award for Innovation
    GE Current, a Daintree company 365DisInFx UVC

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We would like to congratulate and thank all of the winners for their contributions to innovation and advancement of high-quality lighting.

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 which include professional societies, trade associations, labor unions, manufacturers, and agencies of the U.S. government, including:

About the NLB
The NLB is focused on Promoting Lighting Excellence™ and helping the lighting industry solve its business problems. The NLB exists to create demand for High Benefit Lighting®–efficient lighting designed to optimize human performance, health, safety, and commerce—by educating those who make and influence decisions about lighting.  Obtain more information about the Bureau by contacting its staff at 615-379-7707, or visiting its website (, where information about sponsorship also is available.

Randy Reid
Executive Director


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