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Improvements to the 2017 Submissions Process:

  • New portal simplifies uploading and improves processing reliability and speed, providing a more robust framework to administer and support the IA program, benefitting all users.
  • 6 weeks to prepare by eliminating editing time and giving submitters more time to polish their entries. Work can be ‘saved’ so you can make changes before hitting ‘send’, which finalizes your entry. (TIP – have someone else proof read your entry before you hit ‘send’).
  • New Score Sheets allow more flexibility to describe project complexity and solution. Slight point totals adjusted; scoring for judges is more unified with regards to intent and applicability of point levels. Energy and Budget requirements moved to description of complexity to address it if it was critical to your project, or not address if it was not important to your project.
  • The entry fee is only $125 per entry.

Program Overview:

The IES Illumination Awards provides a unique opportunity for public recognition of professionalism, ingenuity, and originality in lighting design based upon the individual merit of each entry judged against specific criteria.

Judges are selected from a broad professional spectrum that represents knowledge of lighting and design excellence. The judging system is based entirely on how well the lighting design does or does not meet the program criteria.

The program is open to any qualified entrant without limitations as to professional affiliations.

2017 Award Categories:

Illumination Award for Lighting Control Innovation, sponsored by the Lighting Controls Association

Advanced lighting control solutions can provide significant energy savings, flexibility and other benefits in buildings. This prestigious award recognizes good lighting projects that exemplify the effective use of lighting controls in nonresidential applications. Guidelines suggestive of what to include in your submission are available. 

Click here for score sheet (PDF).!


Illumination Award for Interior Lighting Design, sponsored by Edwin Guth
In 1902 Edwin F. Guth founded the St. Louis Brass Company and later renamed it the Edwin F. Guth Company. Mr. Guth’s profound creativity, entrepreneurialism and focus to improve interior lighting are partially represented through 147 patents awarded to him prior to his passing in 1962. This award recognizes exceptional interior lighting projects that balance the functional illumination of space with the artistic application of light to enhance the occupant’s experience. 

Click here for score sheet (PDF).!


Illumination Award for Outdoor Lighting Design, sponsored by Eaton

The Outdoor Lighting Design Award recognizes excellence in lighting design and application in all aspects of exterior lighting. The program celebrates achievements in aesthetics, applied technical acumen, creative solutions to demanding site conditions and advancements to the industry in outdoor lighting applications. The goal of the program is to further the understanding, knowledge and function of outdoor lighting as a critical aspect of the built environment.

Click here for score sheet (PDF).!


Illumination Award for Energy and Environmental Lighting Design, sponsored by Osram Sylvania

The Energy and Environmental Design Award recognizes quality lighting installations in commercial and industrial buildings that incorporate advanced energy-saving strategies and environmentally responsible solutions into the overall design.

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