Lux Awards: Make 2019 your year to shine!

Francesca Gosling of PJC Light Studio collects the 2019 trophy for the relighting of the the V&A Members’ Room in London in the Hospitality, Leisure and Faith Lighting Project of the Year category, sponsored by Lutron. 

THE LUX Awards 2019 is now open for entries.

Winning an award gives you marketing gold: it tells your peers and potential clients that you’re worth it. Because no matter how much you sell the sizzle of your products and services,  independent recognition is invaluable in today’s crowded marketplace.

This will be the ninth edition of the Awards, during which time this lighting industry institution has established itself as the best recognised awards scheme in the business, which honours not just the people in the industry, but the customers who use light to create great things.

The Lux Awards are designed to celebrate and reward both creativity and sustainability, recognising clients and end-users that have used lighting in exceptional ways to improve their lit environment, whilst reducing energy and achieving business objectives in the process.

The Lux Awards are designed to celebrate and reward both creativity and sustainability, recognising clients and end-users that have used lighting in exceptional ways to improve their lit environment, whilst reducing energy and achieving business objectives in the process.

This year's Lux Awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 14 November at the prestigious Hilton Park Lane.

The Awards will take place on the final night of LuxLive which will run on the 13 and 14 of November at London's ExCel Centre.

To see a list of the entry categories and submit your entry click here.

The entry deadline is Friday 5 July 2019. Best of luck!

 

Those categories in full:

Retail Lighting Project of the Year
The most outstanding lighting project in the retail sector

Industrial and Transport Lighting Project of the Year
The most outstanding project in the industrial and transport sector

Hospitality, Leisure and Faith Lighting Project of the Year
The most outstanding project in this sector, inc. hotels, restaurants, sports and places of worship

Office, Education and Healthcare Lighting Project of the Year
The most outstanding project in the workplace, education and healthcare sector

Outdoor Lighting Project of the Year
The most outstanding project in the outdoor, public realm, façade and streetlighting sector

Interior Luminaire of the Year
The year’s most ground-breaking interior light fitting

Exterior Luminaire of the Year
The year’s most ground-breaking exterior light fitting

Emergency Lighting Product of the Year
The most outstanding innovation in this sector including luminaires, testing systems and signage

Connected Lighting Innovation of the Year
Includes all VLC, IoT, Li-fi, IP-based systems, data management and smart cities technologies

Connected Lighting Concept of the Year
The best use of IP-connected lighting including apps, software or service using the platform

Enabling Technology of the Year
The most exceptional development in sources, drivers, optics, thermal products and innovative materials

Controls Product of the Year
The most outstanding innovation in this sector including control systems, interfaces, ECG and sensors

Lighting for a Circular Economy Award
For exceptional achievement in the sustainability of lamps and luminaires

Sales Team of the Year
The group of representatives who have in excelled with customer service and sales targets

Supplier of the Year
The lighting equipment maker who has shown exceptional performance and innovation in 2018

Client of the Year
The end user who has most embraced innovation in lighting in pursuit of its goals

SLL Young Lighter of the Year
This category rewards and recognises young talent. To enter, click HERE.

 

10 ways to win

You’ve got to be in it to win it
It’s obvious, I know, but you’d be surprised how many people lament not winning an award when they haven’t entered. And even for those who don’t win, just being shortlisted will earn you valuable exposure.

Tell the story
We judge product and projects based on the problems they solve and the benefits they bring. So explain the challenge of your lighting project, or the rationale behind the product you’ve created. A bit of backstory helps the judges put your work in context so they can assess it properly.

Find what makes you different
Dozens of companies enter the Lux Awards and only a few can win. When the judges are faced with a pile of project descriptions or a room full of luminaires, they’re looking for what stands out. Think hard about what sets your product or project apart from your competitors and push it to the fore.

Facts, facts, facts
The Lux Awards judging panel are used to making big lighting investments, and they know what data to look for. If an entry leaves them with unanswered questions, it’s hard for them to pick it out as a winner. Don’t just say you’re the most innovative, most environmentally friendly, most cost-effective or most futureproof – prove it. There’s a maximum word limit on each entry, so go easy on the PR waffle and cram in as many solid facts as you can.

It’s not all about glamour
The Lux Awards don’t just celebrate five-star foyers and façades. We also love warehouses, factories, offices and underpasses – including retrofit and refurb projects as well as new builds. Don’t worry if your project isn’t glamorous – if you’ve got a great story to tell about the benefits it brought the client, it could be a winner.

David can beat Goliath
he range of products and projects competing in each Lux Awards category is diverse – and it’s not always the biggest that wins. Last year German startup Carus won the Lighting for a Circular Econom Award, and LiteIP in Merseyside beat off competition from much bigger rivals to take home the Connected Lighting Innovation of the Year Award.

It’s not a photo competition
…Unlike some awards schemes, the Lux Awards is more than just a photo competition. Our judges examine every shortlisted product and visit every shortlisted project. Having said that…

… you still need great photos
Before the judges decide which sites to visit and which products to examine, they’ll be working from photos, and need to be able to decide what’s worthy of their attention. So make sure images present the project to best advantage. We recommend getting professional photos taken.

Get the end user on board
If you are the end user, this box is already ticked. If you’re a manufacturer, engineer or lighting designer, then it pays to get the client’s support for your Lux Awards entry. After all, they’re the ultimate judge of whether the project is a success or not, so a testimonial (or even better, attendance on a site visit) counts for a lot. You could even nominate them for the Client of the Year Award.

Give the judges a hand
If the judges request a product sample, make sure it’s ‘plug and play’ – they have a lot of products to look at and won’t have time to wire up plugs. If they request a demonstration, make sure your presentation is polished and you’re ready to answer questions. If judges visit your project, have someone there to show them around (including the client, if possible). Oh, and make sure everything works. There have been cases where site visits uncovered failures, or products didn’t perform in a demonstration. They didn’t win. 

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