The Leuchte des Jahres (“Light of the Year”) award has been awarded since 2003. As the name already reveals, the German award is exclusively devoted to the topic of lighting. In a preselection process twelve lights are picked out. Subsequently, an online voting is conducted so that the public can choose its favourite light. Thus, the Leuchte des Jahres is a pure audience award; no expert panel is involved. It is organised by the web portal ON-LIGHT as well as by the specialist journal Highlight. The Lichtforum NRW, a joint initiative of 14 companies from the lighting sector, is the management partner that hosts the event in its premises in the Kaiserhaus in Arnsberg and that displays the award winners as part of a permanent exhibition.