Street lighting technology expert Lucy Zodion is in the running for Controls Product of the Year at the Lux Lighting Awards, beating off stiff competition to be shortlisted for the accolade.

The Lux Awards celebrate the brightest and best in the world of lighting and Lucy Zodion has been shortlisted for its ZCELL, the most energy and operationally efficient photocell on the market. Created to help councils unlock maximum cost and carbon savings across their LED lighting stock and achieve significant maintenance efficiencies, the ZCELL can reduce energy costs by up to 75%.

Nottinghamshire Council has adopted the ZCELL across its 40,000 street lights as part of its LED upgrade programme to achieve a saving of around £900,000 each year and reduced maintenance costs thanks to its 15 year life design.

The ZCELL was developed by Lucy Zodion’s in-house design team to create a completely new device with automotive-grade components, giving it the lowest power consumption, highest power factor and highest ingress protection rating of any photocell currently on the market. Combined with the first ever 20/20 Lux feature to guarantee instantaneous operation and avoid warm-up costs, the ZCELL consumes 60% less energy than traditional photocells.

John Fox, managing director of Lucy Zodion, said: “Being shortlisted for such a respected award is testament to the work of our team and the continuous investment in our products to meet our customers’ changing needs. Cities are becoming smarter and our technology is at the forefront of this, giving councils more control and helping them to reduce costs and find efficiencies.”

Ray Molony, publisher at LUX, said: “This year the shortlist features a whole host of impressive projects and inventive new technology. Our team of expert judges have considered the projects entered, visited the sites, spoken to the key people, and whittled down the list to just those schemes that they believe have a shot at winning a coveted Lux Award trophy. These are the projects that have struck that balance between looking great, fulfilling the brief, and keeping energy and maintenance costs down.”