Technology Newsletter

The Technology Newsletter is written by ALA Director of Engineering and Technology Terry McGowan, FIES, LC, to update members on the latest technology issues and ideas.

February 28, 2023
2023 Integrated Home Competition Now Accepting Entries

The Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) Integrated Home Competition is now accepting entries.

February 1, 2023
Socketed vs Integrated LED Luminaires

The purpose of this guidance document is to provide helpful information that will assist manufacturers of residential and hospitality luminaires make the choice between socketed and integrated design approaches. 

May 16, 2022
ALA Tech Forum

Join us and invite others interested in the technical aspects of residential lighting for this unique chance to discuss technical information with others in the industry and to get your questions answered.

Send an email to for the invite.

May 3, 2022
Program to Develop New Fixtures to Improve Sleep, Health and Well-Being.

Work one-on-one with the Light & Health Research Center (LHRC) at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City to develop new fixtures for your product line as well as lighting design recommendations to improve sleep, health and well-being. 


March 22, 2022
Integrated Home Competition - 2022 Entries and 2021 Winners

he Integrated Home Competition identifies and supports newly available products that will help achieve this vision of a comfortable, convenient, connected home.

Learn more about the competition in this video, presented by Alice Rosenberg. Principal Program Manager at CEE, and Terry McGowan, Director of Engineering and Technology at ALA.


2023 Integrated Home Competition Now Accepting Entries

2023 Integrated Home Competition Now Accepting Entries

Winning products to receive recognition at trade shows across industries

Tuesday, February 28, 2023/Categories: News, Engineering & Technology, Industry News, Member News

The Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) Integrated Home Competition is now accepting entries. The competition seeks high-performance products that deliver energy savings and automated load management while continuing to meet consumer expectations for interoperability, reliability, and simplicity. Innovative submissions will gain recognition through endorsement and promotion by competition sponsors.

Residential end uses covered in the 2023 competition span electric and natural gas equipment. Eligible products include whole home energy management solutions, heating and cooling equipment, thermostats, water heaters, pool pumps, plug load controls, window attachments, lighting and lighting controls, ceiling fans, electric vehicle supply equipment, home appliances, and other connected home devices that successfully deliver a positive consumer experience and provide load management capabilities.

Gain Exposure for Your Company’s Innovation

The integrated Home Competition rewards manufacturers of solutions that advance the CEE Integrated Home vision. Award winners receive credible third-party promotion and recognition through webinars, press releases to both consumer and trade publications, the Integrated Home Competition website, presence at key industry events, and additional promotion by competition sponsors. In addition, CEE member efficiency program administrators may choose to recommend winning entries to their customers and contractors or consider pilot programs. All entrants receive insiqght and direction on future utility needs.

What Defines a Winner?

Products are evaluated through a two-phase process: screening by the competition sponsors and a live assessment of the finalists by a judging panel comprised of individuals with expertise in usability, interoperability, IDSM program administration, product or system installation, specific technology performance, and promotion. Entries are judged against the following criteria.

  • Energy savings and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction
  • Functionality
  • Load management
  • Data sharing
  • Interoperability
  • Reliability
  • Consumer value proposition
  • Ease of installation, set up, and use
  • Cybersecurity
  • Quality of design and engineering
  • Innovation

For complete guidelines and information on how to enter, click here, watch this short video, or contact


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