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10 Money-Saving Lighting Products: 2018

May 31, 2018

Find out the top 10 money-saving lighting product winners featured by the BUILDINGS editorial staff for 2018.

Let's face it - cost-effective, energy-saving lighting continues to trend upward. With so many options to choose from, it can be challenging to decipher which products are worth your attention. 

Below, you will see the following highlights: luminaires that can change aesthetics; energy-efficient designs that provide high savings; wireless management systems; premium-grade LED products; integrated outdoor sensors; long life parking garage luminaries; and ultrasonic motion sensors.

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Here are the 10 lighting product 2018 winners:

  • CWM Direct/Indirect
  • Edgelit Recessed
  • EVERLINE LED Professional Retrofit Kit
  • FSP-202 and FSP-212 Sensors
  • LS Parking Lighting
  • OptiMax
  • SYLVANIA Vapor Tight
  • Universal Commercial Downlight Fixture
  • VO-LED Gen2
CWM Direct/Indirect

The CWM Direct/Indirect wall mount luminaire features the ability to change the aesthetics of a facility without swapping lighting. Flexibility extends the average lifecycle of the fixture beyond industry standards.

Its DesignLights Consortium qualification helps building owners secure desired utility rebates. Features the best efficacy in its class with up to 140 lumens per watt.

Ships direct with no assembly required to mount. Additional features include optional 3form lens designs for added styling and flexibility, semi-recessed and flush mount configurations, 4 LED color choices and 84 CRI.

Company: Columbia Lighting
Category: Lighting | Fixtures and Luminaires

Edgelit Recessed

This slim, low-profile recessed downlight combines innovative technology, aesthetics, functionality and affordability in a variety of applications.

No housing or junction box required for installation. A detachable driver box can be mounted remotely for shallow ceiling installations.

The solution has flicker-free dimming down to 10% with many Forward Phase (Triac) and Electronic Low Voltage (ELV) dimmers. The energy-efficient design provides up to a 75% energy savings and up 50,000 hours of LED life.

Company: Progress Lighting
Category: Lighting | Fixtures and Luminaires


The ENCELIUM EDGE standalone wireless light management system enables easy installation and setup of a feature-rich and code-compliant light management system quickly with minimal interruption and disruption.

The free mobile setup app allows installers and end users to set up and manage their lighting systems from their mobile device. The system is scalable and easily upgradeable to the ENCELIUM Networked Light Management System.

Users can leverage multiple energy management strategies, and it offers flexibility with zonal and individual luminaire control, and works with any manufacturer’s 0-10V dimmable ballast and LED driver.

Company: OSRAM Digital Lighting
Category: Lighting | Lighting Controls

EVERLINE LED Professional Retrofit Kit

This LED retrofit kit replaces existing fluorescent solutions including prismatic troffers, direct/indirect luminaires, volumetric luminaires and parabolic luminaires.

The EVERLINE LED Professional Retrofit Kit family offers lighting installers a premium-grade LED product and a long-lasting, energy-efficient solution to enhance projects and provide significantly lower maintenance costs.

For commercial buildings, the energy savings can translate from 15-45% over conventional systems installed, in addition to the savings from installing controls. The solution is easy to install and maintain. Fits into existing fixture housing.

Company: Universal Lighting Technologies​
Category: Lighting | LED Lighting

FSP-202 and FSP-212 Sensors

Wattstopper’s fixture integrated outdoor sensors are economical, contractor grade sensors for cost-sensitive applications that meet all code-compliant lighting controls requirements.

Designed for LED fixtures, the solution enables an additional 30-40% in energy savings and has a novel form factor that allows for quicker snap-in installation with a rectangular punch-out.

The sensors provide multi-level control based on motion and/or daylight contribution, with an option for dusk to dawn daylighting control.

Company: Watt Stopper/Legrand
Category: Lighting | Lighting Controls

LS Parking Lighting

LS series LED parking garage luminaires are a high-performance solution for the most demanding applications within a patented air cooling design.

They have an expected L70 lifetime of 50,000 hours, an easy-install design and are DLC Premium listed. All 120 LS LED parking garage luminaires have programmable multilevel motion sensors.

When power fails, the emergency ballast automatically switches to emergency power of 8W (internal battery) operating at reduced illumination for a minimum of 90 minutes.

Company: ABOVE ALL Lighting
Category: Lighting | Outdoor Lighting


OptiMax LED tube lighting features a universal LED tube light that is ballast compatible and direct wire, single-end or double-end wiring compatible.

Works on both shunted and unshunted sockets. These features cut down on maintenance and labor and simplify installation. Provides 150 lumens per watt and is available in 4000K and 5000K.

At 12W, the solution saves up to 75% compared to T8 fluorescent tubes. DesignLights Consortium listed, which helps facilities qualify for utility rebates.

Company: HyLite
Category: Lighting | LED Lighting

SYLVANIA Vapor Tight

The SYLVANIA Vapor Tight is constructed of a lightweight, robust polycarbonate housing and LED hanging tray that allows for a single contractor installation.

Once surface is mounted or suspended, the contractor can make all electrical connections by removing the lens. Provides up to 67% energy savings and saves on maintenance because of its long life.

The optional microwave motion/daylight sensors can provide additional energy savings by reducing the wattage used during low use times.

Category: Lighting | LED Lighting

Universal Commercial Downlight Fixture

The Universal Commercial Downlight Fixture eliminates the need to purchase and install a traditional recessed downlight frame, allowing the effects of energy-efficient LED downlighting to be achieved without the time or labor costs associated with drywall construction.

The solution requires far less time and labor to install since it’s easily mounted to a standard junction box. Offered in 13W and 18W inputs, the LED downlight consumes 85% less energy than 120W incandescent fixtures and 30% less than 18W-26W CFLs. It has a lumen-maintenance life of 50,000 hours.

Company: MaxLite
Category: Lighting | Fixtures and Luminaires


The VO-LED Gen2 reduces energy by operating with an ultrasonic motion sensor that triggers the light levels from low to high upon occupancy, saving money over the lifetime of ownership.

Operates at 4W in standby mode and is made with aluminum core LED boards with high quality Samsung 561 B+ S5 and C series high flux bin LEDs.

Offers cooler operation, longer and more dependable life, and higher efficiency. Boasts a calculated L70 of over 156,000 hours.

Company: LaMar Lighting Company
Category: Lighting | LED Lighting

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