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Lighten UP!

August 13, 2021 | 7:00 pm - August 14, 2021 | 7:00 pm EDT

Lighten Up!

IES LIGHTEN UP! Luminaire Competition was founded by IES member, Laura Ashley A. Alferes. With networking in mind for cross-Section and cross-organization collaboration, this was initially a local event that grew internationally. The 2018 competition had 4 participating IES sections and 2019 had 14 participating sections.

LIGHTEN UP! brings individuals within the design community together to engage, inspire and challenge one another to create a luminaire made from everyday objects. LIGHTEN UP! is an exciting and rewarding experience — so take a breather from work, ‘lighten up’ and join the fun!

Participants will have 24 hours to design and create a luminaire based on a given theme using resources and LED light source from their home. Each Section will have a people’s choice and Judges choice winner, based on aesthetics, creativity, and theme interpretation. The Judge’s award winner from your participating section will be submitted for international voting on the IES Lighten Up webpage. Grand prize (and of course bragging rights) is still in the works.

WHEN: August 13–14, 2021
TIME: 7:00PM Friday – 7:00PM Saturday EST
RSVP: Please reply to your local Section Event invitation


  • IES Baltimore Section
  • IES Dallas Section
  • IES Denver Section
  • IES Detroit Section
  • IES Minneapolis/St. Paul Section
  • IES Norfolk/Virginia Beach Section
  • IES San Diego Section
  • IES St. Louis Section
  • IES Des Moines Section
  • IES Salt Lake City Section
  • IES Winnipeg Section


August 13, 2021 | 7:00 pm EDT
August 14, 2021 | 7:00 pm EDT
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