PIA Award Articles

Hold the Phone

The B-635 Klutch Mobile Device Holder is designed to hold mobile devices, smart phones and even bags in toilet stalls and other restroom applications. The stainless steel components allow for easy cleaning, and the integrated bag hook can hold up to 300 lbs.Judge’s Comment: “Good idea, practical.”


Outstanding CRI

Downlights are universal solutions that embody modular flexibility. The one-piece heat sink helps to expand the lifetime and enables them to outperform in every application with 225,000 hours (L70), 55,000 hours (L95), and are available with output options from 700 lm to 4000 lm. The Lumencore family offers exceptional color rendering, which includes CRI 80+, CRI 90+ and CRI 95+ options.Judge’s Comment: “The downlights deliver modular flexibility, as well as durability, suited to this market.”


Get Creative

Designed with fully articulating elbows and connectors, the Aloft low profile, cylindrical luminaire system allows designers to create unique configurations. Installation and onsite adjustment is simplified with a plug-and-play connection system. Its HE Tech lens provides excellent light distribution from a narrow 0.5-in. aperture diffuse lens.Judge’s Comment: “The corner connector is clever, and allows for the basic fixture to be expanded into numerous forms that put creativity with the architect.” 


Downlight Palette

Finding consistency across product families in downlighting can be a challenge. Liteistry features a broad palette of architectural downlights that provide consistency in appearance and performance. Reflectors provide a 50-degree shielding angle that shields the source, but also creates a quiet reflector surface above the shielding angle.Judge’s Comment: “Good choice for designs of multiple spaces.”


Good Moon Rising

A family of fixtures, ALW’s additions to its “MoonRing” series include: MoonRing Acoustic (pictured), which brings acoustic options to the flagship luminiare; MoonDisc, a line of circular acoustic discs between 3—6 ft. in diameter, incorporating acoustics with optional indirect lighting, designed to complement MoonRing luminaires; and MoonDish, a side-emitting ring luminaire with a 1.5 aperture and an optional 0.5-in.-thick acoustic panel with an NRC of 0.85. The MoonDish delivers a uniform illumination with a modern design. A new twist on the ring trend, the luminaire offers a side-emitting profile, creating a glowing aesthetic. The optional acoustic panels are compo


Door Lock Assurance Critical In Crisis

During an active assailant crisis, every second is crucial. According to testimony presented by the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, an active shooter has never breached a locked classroom door by defeating the lock. The Mortise Lock Status Indicator by ASSA ABLOY helps occupants easily determine whether a door is locked or unlocked and whether a space is occupied or vacant. The viewing window is 25% larger than the industry standard and can be customized with text, color and symbols. The viewing window includes a patient-pending curved design that provides 180-degree, all-angle visibility. An optional reflective coating improves visibility in low light conditions. Ideal for facilities where


Minimizing Sound Absorption

Audia, the flagship fixture of the ACOUSTIX family of luminaires, combines a refreshingly slim aesthetic, exceptional optics and precision sound absorbing technology to create a new paradigm in acoustic lighting. Audia allows sound waves to be absorbed by Lumenwerx’s proprietary sound-absorbing material called EchoCore. The material is composed of aluminum carefully cut and sized based on Helmholtz Resonance. As sound passes, it gets trapped within the EchoCore and the air pockets that have been created, resulting in 30% more sound reduction than that of standard felt luminaires. In addition, the flame retardant and mold-resistant material is eco-conscious, emitting zero VOCs. It is al

SlopeShield Plus SA Self-Adhered

Vapor Sandwich Elimination

SlopeShield Plus Self-Adhered (SA) is a highly vapor-permeable roofing underlayment air barrier (AB) material. As an air barrier membrane product, SlopeShield Plus SA stops the movement of air, eliminating damaging moisture transferred by air, and maximizes energy savings while meeting energy code requirements. As a vapor permeable membrane (30 perms) product, it allows the remaining vapor to escape the roof assembly through diffusion. The combined unique features allow the creation of a “self-drying roof,” eliminating a troubling phenomenon called the “vapor sandwich,” when moisture becomes trapped in the roofing assembly.Judge’s Comment: “Good thermal/mo


Optical Excellence

With direct/indirect illumination and state-of-the-art anidolic optics, the thin-profile luminaire minimizes glare while leveraging low voltage, aircraft cable to power the fixture without a visual power feed. Mounting at just 12-in. below the ceiling and up to 12-ft. on center, its secret is anidolic optics that hide the LED source and eliminates their visibility from below. By avoiding off-the-shelf optics, Amerlux engineered the exact distribution required to create the most “comfortable” product, extracting light at high angles that traditional LEDs cannot achieve, while its precision mold design provides near 90% optical efficiency.Side prisms provide precision direction of


Hanging in There

A set of contemporary point-source pendants, made almost entirely of recyclable aluminum, the Scope pendants deliver an intimate spot of focused illumination. The sleek and stylish housing measures only 1.25 in. in diameter and is available in standard powder paint finishes with different trim pieces that offer accents of brass, brushed aluminum or luminous crystal gems. A custom suspension cable allows for the safe transfer of the fixtures’ DMX control signals and DC power without the use of an additional power cable.Judge’s Comment: “The flexibility in choices of model, finishes and colors, combined with flexibility in arrangement, gives designers the ability to trea