Picture: LED Linear supplied its VarioLED Flex Hydra to the German Ivory Museum in Erbach, which is shortlisted in the Integration Project of the Year category. The lighting design practice is Licht Kunst Licht. Photographer: Sichau Walter.

An analysis of the suppliers to the shortlisted projects in the 2018 Lighting Design Awards has revealed the key brands that enable cutting edge lighting projects.

Some are well known brands while others are in favour with lighting designers for their service, bespoke manufacturing expertise or catalogue of key light elements.

Topping the list is German manufacturer LED Linear, which has supplied many of the leading contenders, including the German Ivory Museum in Erbach, Germany and the European headquarters of US media company Bloomberg in London.

Next up is Italian brand iGuzzini whose vast range of luminaires and highly regarded optics ensures it a slot at number two.

The UK brands LightGraphix and Mike Stoane Lighting may not be globally known brands, but both are favourites with lighting designers, the former for its useful pieces of kit in high specifications and the latter for its bespoke manufacturing capabilities and high levels of service. Similarly, Crescent, 10th on the list, specialises in supplying LED luminaires customised to specific projects.

Top end designer brands Flos, Erco and Zumtobel are not unexpected entries in the line up, while controls specialist Helvar has long been favoured by designers for its reliability. Acdc, now owned by the Zumtobel Group, also makes the list for its powerful mini projectors and downlights.

The official Brand Barometer for Lighting Design Awards 2018 is as follows:

1 LED Linear
2 iGuzzini
3 LightGraphix
4 Flos
5 Zumtobel
6 Mike Stoane Lighting
7 Erco
8 Helvar
9 acdc
10 Crescent

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