Jan 11, 2023

Join us for the 2023 IES LIGHTEN UP luminaire design competition!


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. 

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!

2021 THEME:

What’s the future of lighting look like?

Theme is open to interpretation. Anyone and all at any experience level are welcome to participate — make sure to post videos and photos throughout the 24hrs using the hashtag #2021LIGHTENUP and tag @ieslightenup and your section if they have a social media account. However, those who would like their luminaire to be judged, submission forms and photos are due to your section by the end of the event, which ends Saturday, Aug. 14th 7pm EST. Reach out to your local section for a submission form.



2021 National Sponsor

Bock Lighting  


Event Details

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.