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Modern energy-efficient light sources, such as compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), can deliver substantial savings in the domestic consumption of electricity. But one of the main obstacles to their use is the lack of well-designed suitable lighting fixtures. To change the market situation, the European Commission has established the European Design Competition "Lights of the Future". This competition is held every second year (2000, 2002, 2004) and it has been established as one of the key awards for professional designers, design students, and luminaires manufacturers. The aim of the competition is to encourage and promote innovative, highly attractive and decorative designs of energy efficient dedicated lighting fixtures for the residential market. This catalogue presents the 26 winning models of the 2002 competition.

The competition is intended to complement the European GreenLight Programme, an initiative of the European Commission's DG for Energy and Transport. GreenLight is an on-going voluntary programme whereby private and public organisations commit towards the European Commission to reducing their lighting energy use, thus reducing polluting emissions. More information is available at:

Additional information

Authors: BERTOLDI P (EDITOR), European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20257 EN (2002), 68pp. Free of charge
Availability: Available from GreenLight Technical Manager, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, European Commission Joint Research Centre, TP 450, I-21020 Ispra Tel +39 0332 78 9668 Fax +39 0332 78 9992 E-mail
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