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Aura Light International, Bajaj Electricals Ltd, and Cree Win SEAD Global Efficiency Medals for Energy Efficiency

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Luzern, Switzerland (August 26, 2015) – The Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) initiative, an international collaboration of 17 member governments and an initiative under the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), today announced the winners of its Global Efficiency Medal competition for super-efficient commercial LED lighting. Aura Light International, a Swedish manufacturer, won the international award, with Cree, Bajaj Electricals Ltd, and Aura Light International winning the regional awards. Manufacturers of winning products were honored at an awards ceremony at the International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting in Luzern, Switzerland. 

The winning Aura Light planar luminaire, at 106 lumens per watt, is nearly twice as efficient as the traditional linear fluorescent luminaries commonly used in commercial spaces. According to the UNEP en.lighten initiative’s Country Lighting Assessment model, if all fluorescent lighting installed in 2010 were replaced by products as efficient as the SEAD award-winning model, it would save 648 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity annually, or the equivalent of the total annual electricity consumption of Sweden, Mexico, and Spain combined. 

SEAD announced the winners of the award for super-efficient household LED lighting in June 2015. These lighting competitions will help inform the recently announced CEM Global Lighting Challenge to accelerate the global phase-in of high-efficiency, high-quality, and affordable lighting products. The Challenge’s race to “10 billion bulbs,” if achieved overnight, would result in 735 Mt of avoided carbon dioxide emissions, equivalent to the total yearly emissions of Germany. 

“The global lighting industry has made significant strides in the last few years, with increasing availability and affordability of high-efficiency lighting for homes, streets, and businesses,” said Gabrielle Dreyfus, the U.S. lead for the SEAD initiative. “The Global Efficiency Medal competition will contribute to the CEM Global Lighting Challenge by recognizing those products and informing purchasing decisions.” 

SEAD International Winner

Aura Light International received the SEAD Global Efficiency Medal for a 106 lumens per watt Lunaria LED panel (greater than or equal to 2,000 lumens light output, standard white color temperature of 4000K). 

SEAD Regional Winners

SEAD also recognized products that demonstrated the greatest energy efficiency among those available for sale in each of the four competition regions: Australia, Europe, India, and North America.

  • Australia: Lunaria LED Panel – Aura Light International
  • Europe: Lunaria LED Panel – Aura Light International
  • India: BZRSQL W3 XE NW – Bajaj Electricals Ltd
  • North America: ZR22-32L-40K-10V – Cree 

This is the fourth SEAD Global Efficiency Medal competition. The first three competitions recognized the world’s most energy-efficient flat-screen televisions, computer monitors, and electric motors. A fifth competition for flat-screen televisions is currently under way, with winners to be announced in September 2015. The SEAD Global Efficiency Medal competition is the only international awards program that identifies the most energy-efficient, top-performing equipment, appliances, and electronics demonstrating reduced electricity use. 

For more information about the SEAD Global Efficiency Medal competition for lighting products, visit

About SEAD

SEAD is an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial and a task within the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation. CLASP administers the Global Efficiency Medal competitions. For more information, visit

About the CEM

The CEM is a high-level forum for the world’s major and forward-leaning countries to work together to promote policies and share best practices to accelerate the transition to a global clean energy economy. The CEM’s initiatives and campaigns are focused on improving energy efficiency worldwide, enhancing clean energy supply, and expanding clean energy access.

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