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Current announces winners of 2016 GE Edison Awards

Current, powered by GE is pleased to announce the winners of the 33rd annual GE Edison Awards. The competition recognizes excellence in professional lighting designs that use Current LED lighting products and controls. Entries are judged on functional excellence; architectural compatibility; effective use of GE LED products and techniques; appropriate color, form and texture revelation; energy efficiency; and cost effectiveness.

Winners were announced at an exclusive event at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego on April 25, 2016. The winners are:

2015 Edison Award: Covington & Burling – Fisher Marantz Stone 
Washington, DC, USA

This LEED® Gold certified project – comprised of 99 percent LED lighting – reveals a softly glowing building, conveying a unified single-tenant presence throughout the 450,000 square-foot mixed office building.

More than 6,000 GE Tetra® LED PowerGrid modules and 1,000 linear feet of Tetra® LED Contour now flow continuously through the building, creating a strong visual connection that can be seen from exterior and interior views.

Photography: Richard Bryant, Arcaid Images

Award of Excellence: Sayn Foundry – Licht Kunst Licht AG
Bendrof, Germany

Built in 1830 near the Rhine River as an iron cathedral, the Sayner Hütte became a prototype of great architecture within European industrialization. Licht Kunst Licht AG carefully integrated fully controllable, RGB, warm and cool colored LED luminaires into the heritage-protected structures in this restoration.

The lighting uses a combination of GE Infusion™ LED 21W and 46W Modules in 2700K and 4000K, including adjustable spotlights equipped with snoots to give precise light distribution.

The precise and thoughtful illumination allows the Sayner Hütte glow from the inside, hinting its former utilization while significantly improving lighting efficiency and longevity.

Photography: Johannes Roloff, LichtKunstLichtAG

Award of Excellence & Environmental Design: S.J. Quinney Law School Library – Spectrum Engineers, Inc.

Salt Lake City, UT, USA

The S.J. Quinney Law School Library at the University of Utah is filled with important legal books and resources, which need to be lit in an energy efficient manner. The state of-the-art center needed library lighting that fit an energy-efficient and effective design strategy for the building.

GE Albeo™ ALC Series LED Linear luminaires in 4000K are suspended in continuous rows between the tall and narrow stacks, achieving a modern look that efficiently illuminates the important tomes beneath.

Along with daylight dimming and time clock controls, occupancy sensors attached to the end of each tandem row of luminaires achieved an additional 30% reduction in energy use.

Photography by: Heather L. King, Spectrum Engineers

Award of Merit: Hotel Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine – Licht Kunst Licht AG
Valladolid, Spain

A former monastery from the 12th century has been converted into a Relais & Château five-star hotel and spa – situated in the heart of the world famous wine region Ribero del Duero in central Spain.

Where monks used to pray in silence, custom illumination sensitively using LED technology provides guests a place of calm, well-being and relaxation. 

Dimmable GE 6W LED PAR lamps in 2700 K with 35° beam spread are used in wall-mounted luminaires. GE 6W LED candle lamps compliment decorative pendants. Other GE LED replacement lamps are used in multiple elements of the lighting design to compliment the historical architecture.

Photography by: Marcus Ebener

Award of Merit: Charlotte Douglas International Airport Parking Deck – Hartranft Lighting Design, LLC
Charlotte, NC, USA

Artfully lighted wayfinding concepts, ceilings, and underlighted stairwells with GE Tetra® LED Contour provide strong contrast to the familiar blue backlighting of the exterior skin. 

GE Tetra® LED PowerGrid modules within large metal ribbons evenly illuminate layers of white and colored lenses. 

The result is a project that is true to the overall design of the airport campus, and stands well on its own unique design.

 Photography: Architectural Image Group

Award of Merit: 1 Hotel Central Park – Focus Lighting

New York, NY, USA

The 1 Hotel Central Park lighting design focuses on minimizing energy use, employing layers of LEDs to capture the beauty found in the hotel’s reclaimed materials and live agricultural elements.

GE LED MR16 lamps were used in downlights in the bar and GE 7W LED MR16 lamps were used for all of the hotel’s accents.

The design is 24% below the maximum allowable energy usage, a level at which the hotel can speak proudly of limiting its energy footprint.

Photography by: Ryan Fischer, Focus Lighting

Special Citation, Exterior Lighting Creativity: Casa Naranja – Arq. Pablo Pizarro Diseño de Iluminación & AFT Arquitectos
Córdoba, Argentina

Tarjeta Naranja opened a new home to the company headquarters in August 2015.

The colorful façade becomes an icon at night, as the colors of the sunscreen become alive, and the projectors can be programmed to change every day. 

Efficient, energy saving lighting was mandatory and a majority of lighting fixtures use GE LED lamps, including the GE 7W LED Energy Smart MR16 lamp in 3000 K.

Photography by: Arq. Gonzalo Viramonte

Special Citation, Creative Use of Architecture and Light: Solo West Office Tower – Lichtwerke
Frankfurt, Germany

This ten-story office building underwent a complete renovation that earned LEED® Gold certification for sustainable construction. 

The height of the two-story lobby is exaggerated by a wall composed of vertical lamellae. Luminaires using the GE LED Infusion™ Modules are set in between the ceiling and the lamellae illuminate the wall elements from above.

The 3000 K light sources, GE Infusion™ M2000 Modules, remain invisible so the walls appear to glow.

Photography by: Zooey Braun, Germany