LED Lighting Fixtures is the “2007 Lighting for Tomorrow” award winner as picked by the federal government, an energy savings group and the American Lighting Association.

The Morrisville-based startup utilizes light emitting diodes in its fixtures.

The panel of experts for the competition considered 45 fixtures, and all finalists were reviewed by independent labs as directed by the U.S. Department of Energy.

LLF’s winning fixture, its LR6 product, is a downlight that delivers 600 lumens of light while operating at 11 watts. LED lights last longer, use less power and produce less heat than conventional lighting.

The competition was put on by the ALA, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory of the Department of Energy and the Consortium of Energy Efficiency.

"The fixture earned excellent marks for light output, quality and appearance and the product exceeds the luminaire efficacy and lifetimes of even the most efficient compact fluorescent (CFL) downlight systems,” said Kelly Gordon, the event organizer for the Department of Energy.

More factors than energy efficiency were considered in the contest, according to Steve DenBaars, co-director of the Solid State Lighting & Energy Center at the University of California Santa Barbara.

"This competition places a high priority on energy efficiency, but not at the expense of fixture appearance or lighting quality,” he said in a statement. “We were very impressed with the LR6 product as it offers the highest efficacy for any downlight product on the market and has the appearance of incandescent lamps typically used in residential downlights while using less than one-fifth the power consumption. This product platform has the potential to save U.S. consumers billions of dollars in energy costs."

The competition was launched in 2002.