PIA 2023 honorees: Project application, lighting controls, and specialty lighting

Nov. 6, 2023
See Architectural SSL's 2023 Product Innovation Award recipients in the project application, controls, and specialty categories.

Architectural SSL's Product Innovation Awards (PIAs) showcase the latest and greatest advancements in the lighting industry. Here are the 2023 honorees in the project application, lighting controls, and specialty lighting categories.

Project application

OLPG1, Optec LED Lighting, Potawatomi Casino Hotel parking structures

The lighting system in three parking structures at Potawatomi Casino Hotel, in Milwaukee, had reached its end of life. After reviewing the technical performance, pricing, and lead times of lighting systems by the previous manufacturer and by Optec, the hotel’s facilities team chose the latter. Manufactured in Milwaukee and sourced domestically, the OLPG1 parking garage fixtures had a lead time of less than six weeks—perfect for the facility, which wanted 30% of the new luminaires installed in two months to accommodate its busy winter months, with the balance installed by early spring. The OLPG1’s indirect, edge-lit technology and UV-stabilized, diffused lenses increase its light distribution and uniformity, while a quick-connect mounting bracket frees installers’ hands to ease connections. IP66 rated with CCTs ranging from 3000K to 5000K with a CRI of 80 or 90. optecled.com 

Lighting controls

Inspextor Super Node, MHT Technologies

Inspextor Super Node reduces the number of drivers needed for effective RGBW and CCT environments from two to one. It enables granular control with multiple inputs and outputs and uses low-voltage, PoE rails to improve the hotel experience for guests while reducing energy use and installation costs. This node operates as a junction box within a digital ceiling, routing DC power to a variety of smart devices and implementing power-on-demand, which uses renewable energy immediately as it becomes available. mht-technologies.com 

Infinity IoT Platform, Cosmicnode 

An enterprise-level IoT platform, Infinity offers cloud-connected lighting management for multi-tenant and multi-site applications. The platform offers wireless lighting and sensor control technology and supports sustainability efforts by monitoring energy usage, occupancy levels, and environmental conditions to provide the optimal lux output. Infinity can generate reports and metrics data in an intuitive manner for end users to deploy. The platform can be accessed off-site or on-site with an app that has a simple user interface. cosmicnode.com 

 Specialty lighting

Hitsville Task Light, Kirlin Lighting

Designed for health care settings, including behavioral health, this wall-mounted task light comprises a minimalist faceplate with an LED module mounted at a 45° angle. Its adjustable light engine with narrow, medium, and wide flood beam spreads means that the ligature- and vandal-resistant fixture does not have to be directly above the area to be illuminated, enabling a reading light without protrusions above a bed. The IK10- and IP66-rated fixture can give patients touch control for on/off and continuous dimming to 1%. Available with a 150-lm or 300-lm package, a CCT of 3000K, 3500K, or 4000K, and a 90+ CRI. kirlinlighting.com 

IVY, Targetti USA

Designed by Stefano Boeri Interiors, IVY is a 24V smart lighting system for outdoor architectural and green spaces, such as al fresco dining areas, terraces, and pergolas. Its linear, minimalist profile made of extruded aluminum can support different building elements, including audio units, wireless environmental sensors, and light modules, such as a linear projector, cylindrical projector, and suspended cylinder. IVY can be surface mounted on concrete, wood, and stone walls and ceilings, or recessed into drywall or wood. Available in 2700K to 4000K CCTs, linear or L-shaped connector segments, and in white and ferrite-painted finishes or a black anodized finish. Its LED light source and control gear are replaceable to extend the product’s life. targettiusa.com 

AlphaTech X, Diode LED

Designed and produced in Reno, Nev., this diffused and flexible linear light is suitable for custom-shaped runs up to 20 feet in indoor and outdoor environments, such as accent lighting and pathways. UV stabilized, IP69 rated, and with a UL 676 certification, AlphaTech can fully submerge in water, enabling its use in fountains and swimming pools, and be used in environments ranging from -40 to 180° F. The top- or side-bending fixture offers seamless end-to-end connections for uninterrupted linear runs. With a 90+ or 95+ CRI and high R9/R13 values. AlphaTech’s made-to-order manufacturing process reduces the environmental impact of transportation and production waste. diodeled.com

MedMaster MCRT, Kenall Manufacturing 

The 24" troffer provides uniform lighting with a full backlit LED array and high-diffusion lens, allowing lighting designers to maintain design consistency throughout a space while also meeting cleaning and infection-prevention performance standards. The IP64- and NSF2-rated luminaire features a continuous indigo-clean visible light disinfection option and delivers 2,951 to 7,724 lm. Patients can regulate lighting with optional low-voltage controllers (LVC/LVCD). kenall.com 

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Hayden Beeson

Hayden Beeson is a writer and editor and worked as an associate editor of Architectural SSL and LEDs Magazine. Before joining Endeavor Business Media, he was the managing editor of several machine reliability publications. 

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Wanda Lau

Wanda Lau was the editorial director of Architectural SSL, LEDs Magazine and Smart Buildings Technology for Endeavor Business Media. She was formerly the executive editor of Architect magazine.

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