The National Lighting Bureau, Silver Spring, MD, announced its 35th annual High-Benefit Lighting Awards Program. The program is open to owners, architects, engineers, interior designers, facility and property managers, contractors, manufacturer’s representatives, utility employees, users, and virtually anyone else associated with a new or upgraded illumination systems that provides at least some of the many benefits of what the NLB calls high-benefit lighting.

The award program emphasizes “function-focused” lighting systems designed to maximize bottom-line returns for those who own, manage, and/or rely on the lighting. For example, high-benefit lighting installed in workspaces can help people work faster, because the installation comprises electric illumination designed for the specific space, tasks, and people involved. Outdoors, high-benefit lighting can help prevent accidents of all types, from vehicle-vehicle to slip-and-trip, thus preventing the losses associated with filing insurance claims, absenteeism, administrative paperwork, accident clean-up, negative publicity, and litigation.

“We want to encourage anyone associated with a lighting-system upgrade or installation to submit an application that could lead to our development a case history chronicling how High-Benefit Lighting contributed to the bottom line,” said National Lighting Bureau Chair Howard Lewis. “While a system must be energy-efficient to be considered High-Benefit Lighting, the dollar value of productivity improvements, safety and security enhancements, increased retail sales, and so on typically is far greater than the value of energy savings alone. The dollars saved even by operating and maintenance cost savings of 70% can be dwarfed by the value derived from a productivity increase of just one or two percent.”

For consideration in the 2014 High-Benefit Lighting Awards Program, an entry must be received by the National Lighting Bureau no later than October 31, 2014. An entry should document how modification of an existing lighting system or installation of a new one improved productivity, increased retail sales, or achieved any of the many other bottom-line benefits of High-Benefit Lighting.

All persons who enter the High-Benefit Lighting Awards Program receive a hand-inscribed certificate of participation. If Bureau staff develops an entry into a case history, the person submitting the information will serve as the bylined author of an article published in a prominent trade or professional journal.