Call for Entries

*NEW with 2015 Program*
A majority of lighting products used on projects must be GE LED Lighting Products.

Congratulations to Claudio Ramos, Hiram Banks, Erin Sudderth, Matt Landl of BANKS|RAMOS Architectural Lighting Design (San Francisco, California, USA) for winning the 2014 GE Edison Award for lighting Square Inc. Headquarters in San Francisco, California, USA. A personalized Steuben crystal was presented by GE Lighting on May 4, 2015 in New York, New York, USA.

The 2015 GE Edison Award competition, sponsored by GE Lighting, is open to those lighting professionals who creatively employ significant use of GE LED Lighting Products, including LED systems, LED luminaires, LED architectural products, LED lamps and modules, and lighting controls (“GE LED Lighting products”) in a lighting design project completed during the 2014 and 2015 calendar years (from 01 January 2014 through 31 December 2015). Also required: a GE Photography Release Form complete with required signatures, which must be received for the entry to be considered complete for judging.

Judging Criteria

A panel of lighting professionals, including one representative from GE, will judge qualifying entries using a point scale based on the following criteria:

  • Functional excellence (15 points)
  • Architectural compatibility (15 points)
  • Effective use of state-of-the-art lighting products and techniques (15 points)
  • Appropriate color, form and texture revelation (15 points)
  • Energy effectiveness (15 points)
  • Cost effectiveness (15 points)
  • Additional features (10 points)
Projects scoring the highest number of points qualify to receive Awards of Excellence and Awards of Merit. The judges may also select Awards for Environmental Design and an Award for Residential Design based on the presence of entries that encompass the exemplary and outstanding design features that support each category. GE reserves the right to not make an award in one or more categories.

Awards for Environmental Design are given to those projects that demonstrate exemplary lighting design that is sensitive to impacts on the environment. These designs, while providing high-quality lighting, should minimize the use of energy, maximize the use of daylighting, control light pollution, and ensure system durability and maintainability.

An Award for Residential Design may be presented to the project that best exemplifies excellence in a residential application. Expected features of this design would include innovative application(s) of light and the creative integration of lighting layers and controls.

Entries remain anonymous throughout the judging process. The decision of the judges is final.

Winner Selection

The 2015 GE Edison Award Winner is selected from among the Awards of Excellence and remains confidential until announced at the Awards ceremony. The winner receives a personalized Steuben crystal trophy and continued publicity throughout the following year. A distinctive plaque is presented to the owner of the winning installation.

Awards Ceremony

All qualifying entrants will be invited to an awards ceremony, which will take place on the evening before the opening of 2016 LightFair International. At that time, designers who have been designated as winners of Awards of Excellence, Awards of Merit, Awards for Environmental Design and the Award for Residential Design (if any) will be recognized with personalized plaques acknowledging their lighting design achievements.

How to Enter

The following comprise the components necessary for submitting an entry.