Lighting Design & Specification

April 9, 2019

IES Lighten Up brings individuals within the design community together to engage, inspire and challenge one another to create a luminaire made from combining technology with everyday objects. This year competitions are taking place in these Canadian sections: Calgary, Edmonton, and Toronto.

The design competition was founded by IES member Laura Ashley A. Alferes, and is a great networking event for cross-section and cross-organization collaboration. The first event took place in Washington, DC. Last year was the first to take place in the U.S. and Canada. This year, 14 locations are participating, including the three in Canada. (Shown in photo: Ersula, the 2018 design competition winner by Team Ersula in Washington.

During the event, participants will be divided into teams, where they will design and build a luminaire with craft materials, lighting controls, and solid state light sources. There will be awards and prizes for winning designs. The judging is based on two categories: a people’s choice and judge’s choice award. The judge’s choice winner moves on to a national vote to select the top design.

The event is sponsored by Acuity Brands. Find out more: www.acuitybrands.com/ies_lightenup_2019.

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