Join us for the 2021 IES LIGHTEN UP luminaire design competition!
WHEN: August 13–14, 2021
TIME: 7:00PM Friday - 7:00PM Saturday EST
RSVP: Please reply to your local Section Event invitation
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.
Here is what a few of your fellow IES colleagues had to say:
“LIGHTEN UP! challenges participants of every experience level to rethink the way they view lighting. From building interactive features to wall hung works of art, the creative freedom taken during this challenge showed the potential for lighting innovation in almost every aspect of our structures and living spaces. It’s one of the most approachable and enjoyably challenges put on by any professional society. How often can someone say they glued pipe cleaners to an LED strip?!”
—Eric Hogarth, IES District of Columbia
“Lighten up 2018 was a unique event combining teamwork, fun, competition and creativity. Every single attendee had a blast and came up with amazing ideas… whether rep, distributor, contractor, architect, engineer or lighting designer.”
—Jennifer Blake, IES Portland, OR
It is recommended that any in-person gatherings related to the Lighten Up! challenge adhere to their local CDC guidelines.