Blackjack’s Swirl LED Pendant Wins Three Major Lighting Awards


Blackjack Lighting’s Swirl LED pendant (US Patent D731,105S) has been recognized in three major lighting industry competitions this year. Designed by Blackjack President and Chief Design Officer Stephen Blackman, Swirl has now taken honors for its energy efficient residential design, superior commercial performance and ground-breaking engineering.

IES PROGRESS REPORT In November, Blackjack Lighting’s Swirl LED pendant was recognized by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Progress Committee for providing important advancements in lighting. The 2014 IES Progress Committee selections was presented in a live presentation at the IES Annual Conference in Pittsburgh. The Progress Report submittals, which consist of new products, applications, research, design tools and publications, are reviewed by the IES Progress Committee. Made up of lighting industry professionals who possess expertise in varied areas within the field, the Progress Committee is responsible for monitoring developments in the art and science of lighting worldwide. Each submittal goes through a comprehensive judging process and is evaluated for uniqueness, innovation and significance to the lighting industry.

NEXT GENERATION LUMINAIRES SSL LIGHTING DESIGN COMPETITION Swirl LED Pendant was “Recognized” Sept. 17 in the Indoor Category of the Next Generation Luminaires Solid State Lighting Design Competition. This year’s NGL indoor competition had 10 judges, drawn from the architectural lighting community.  Out of 266 products that were proposed for submission, 153 qualified for judging. The judges identified 57 products as Recognized, meaning they are considered worthy of specification in the application for which they were designed. Winners were announced during The LED Show in Los Angeles. Program organizers include the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), Institute of American Lighting Designers (IALD) and the US Department of Energy.

LIGHTING FOR TOMORROW AWARD On Sept. 16, Blackjack Lighting was named an Honorable Mention winner in the 2014 Lighting for Tomorrow competition. The announcement was made in Nashville during the annual American Lighting Assn. (ALA) Conference. The ALA, Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) organize the annual competition. Its mission is to highlight the year’s most innovative energy-efficient residential lighting designs. Stephen Blackman is one of the lighting industry’s most recognized designers. Starting in 2004 with his Salem chandelier that won Grand Prize in the inaugural Lighting For Tomorrow competition, he has now won a total of 13 Lighting For Tomorrow awards. His award-winning designs span all major energy efficient lighting technologies: compact fluorescent, LED and OLED.