We have covered some inspired ideas in lighting on this blog in the last few months, like a lamp disguised as a book, along with another lamp that looks like a house. We’ve also introduced you to some innovations in lighting design, including an app that allows you to capture design inspiration, and another that lets you tackle alighting photography project of your own. While those may seem like a hard act to follow, we have a lot of faith in you. That is why we are excited to share the news of the Bright Ideas Competition sponsored by ET2 Lighting and Maxim Lighting. In this design competition, you will be able to compete with your own designs towards a grand prize.
As a leader in the lighting industry for 43 years, Maxim and ET2 Contemporary Lighting want to empower the next generation of lighting designers to consider not only the look, but also the practical details of lighting design. In this first annual design competition, aspiring lighting designers are encouraged to be economically conscious, while also taking into account manufacturing realities, materials, ease of use, and their target consumer. If it’s not economically viable, then it remains an idea, not a product. Maxim Lighting believes that lighting must be accessible in order to be successful, so creating beautiful inspired designs that are also affordable is key to being successful in this design competition. Quite a challenge, but for the lucky winner, the results are great. Not only will winners receive cash prizes (up to $1400), but the first place winner will win a trip to the company’s manufacturing facility in China, where they will have the opportunity to view the manufacturing process firsthand. They will be able to witness the process from paper to product, all the while establishing contacts in manufacturing and in the showrooms at the same time. For some inspiration, check out the video below that showcases some of ET2 and Maxim Lighting’s most interesting lighting pieces.
Students enrolled in any design program are eligible to enter. There is no entry fee and no limit to the number of times you can enter, but you will need to act fast. All entries must be submitted by June 23, 2013. So if you’ve been sitting on some standout sketches or illuminating ideas for a lighting design, this may be your chance to experience the thrill of seeing your idea come to life. Enter the Bright Ideas Lighting Design Competition today, and you might see your design hanging in a showroom near you.
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