Eskom launches lighting design competition

Submitted by: Margaret McKenzie, Thursday, February 9, 2012

Eskom has launched a lighting design competition that provides an opportunity to students as well as professionals to showcase their skills in designing contemporary lighting installations that use energy efficient technologies.

The uptake of energy efficient lighting is often hampered by difficulties in achieving similar lighting effects to those achieved by less efficient incandescent lights.  The goal of the Eskom competition is to address this challenge by demonstrating that attractive lighting installations are possible with energy efficient lights.

The competition has two main categories:

  1. Residential Luminaire Design (Students): In this category Eskom invites full-time students at all tertiary institutions in South Africa to submit a luminaire design using an energy efficient light source, suitable for use in the home.   In this category prize money of R100,000 is available, including a first prize of R30,000.
  2. Innovative Energy Efficient Lighting Design (Professional): In this category Eskom invites professionals to submit innovative energy efficient designs, systems or products, suitable for residential application. In this category prize money of R70,000 is available, including a first prize of R40,000.

The competition also has two special awards:

  1.  Most Promising Young Designer (Learners): In this special award, secondary school students are invited to submit innovative energy efficient designs, systems or products, suitable for residential application. There is R22,000 of prize money available for this award including a first prize of R10,000.
  2. Most Promising Young Designer (Individual): In this special award, promising amateur designers are invited to submit innovative energy efficient designs, systems or products, suitable for residential application. There is R22,000 of prize money available for this award including a first prize of R10,000.

The competition closes on 31st August 2012. Go to the competition website for further details.

Margaret McKenzie