Lighting Awards

The sixth SEAD Global Efficiency Medal competition will identify and recognize highly energy-efficient industrial and outdoor lighting products. The Nomination period closed 12 February 2017. 

Please find more details about the competition downloading the "Official Competition Rules" and in the information provided below.

Competition at a Glance

The SEAD Initiative works with manufacturers, retailers, and policymakers to showcase feature-rich, energy-efficient products that provide top-quality services while reducing energy costs. The Global Efficiency Medal competitions demonstrate the levels of efficiency that are possible today, and shine a spotlight on innovative new technologies that can further push the boundaries of efficiency and slash energy consumption.

Lighting consumes approximately 15% of global end-use electricity and accounts for 5% of global greenhouse gas emissions (UNEP en.lighten).

The sixth Global Efficiency Medal competition will advance efficiency improvements in lighting by:

  • Recognizing products with the best energy efficiency performance; 
  • Guiding buyers who want to purchase top-performing models; and
  • Demonstrating the levels of efficiency that are achievable with commercially available technologies.

Regions & Categories

The competition will recognize the most energy-efficient industrial and outdoor lighting products in two categories: (1) high and low bay luminaires, and (2) street lighting luminaires, sold across 3 regions: Europe, India, and North America. Past competitions followed a winner-take-all approach. However, for this competition, in addition to recognizing the winning products, all entrants that meet the competition’s minimum criteria will receive recognition. Below is a summary of the competition's categories.


Timeline (Update)

The nomination period for this competition opened 12 September 2016 and was been extended to 12 February 2017. Winners are expected to be announced in June or July 2017.

Purchasers and Purchase Influencers Support

Purchasers and purchase influencers are invited to support the SEAD's Global Efficiency Medal competition for industrial and outdoor lighting products and to consider purchasing award winning products. Please download the Letter of Support for more information.

Global Lighting Challenge

The Clean Energy Ministerial’s Global Lighting Challenge is a race to reach cumulative global sales of 10 billion high efficiency, high quality, and affordable advanced lighting products, such as light-emitting diode (LED) lamps as quickly as possible. The GLC built a public-private volunteer coalition of more than 40 governments, manufacturers, retailers, and expert groups working together to accomplish its 10 billion product goal.

Manufacturers, purchasers, purchase influencers, and stakeholders participating in SEAD's Global Efficiency Medal have the opportunity to become a supporter of the Global Lighting Challenge.

Visit the Global Lighting Challenge website for more information.

Previous Competitions

The fourth SEAD Global Efficiency Medal competition recognized the world’s most energy-efficient residential and commercial lighting products.