Resourceful designers once again have the opportunity to harness their creativity and technological know-how

Resourceful designers once again have the opportunity to harness their creativity and technological know-how for a good cause – and the chance to win handsome cash rewards! Eskom’s Energy Efficient Lighting Design Competition for 2014 challenges both the novice and the seasoned to come up with their own, unique fusion of flair and functionality, efficiency and aesthetic appeal in designing an energy-efficient luminaire (or in plain language, a lamp!).

The competition offers a two-fold opportunity:

  • For one, Eskom is inviting high school learners, students and professional designers to think outside the box and submit imaginative lamp designs that not only work, but that are also pleasing to the eye. As the name of the competition implies, it is of major importance that all designs make use of energy-efficient light sources.
  • Secondly, professional designers are also invited to submit innovative energy-efficient designs, systems or products that are suitable for residential applications. These may include, for example, a complete lighting system that caters for a low-cost housing development. Once again, the key word is energy-efficiency.

Eskom identified energy efficiency as a strategic priority; it is an essential part of effective resource utilisation and environmentally sustainable technologies and practices. Through the promotion of energy efficiency, Eskom strives to establish an energy efficient culture in South Africa, not only in the commercial and industrial sectors, but also in the residential area, thus in everyday life. It must become a way of living and incorporated in every aspect of our lives.
Since compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) hit the market, it has become more and more apparent that existing lamp designs are not suitable for use in conjunction with new energy-efficient technologies. To address this dilemma, Eskom launched the EELDC to encourage new designs that will demonstrate the fact that efficient lighting technologies (discharge, fluorescent, fibre optic and LED technologies) can, in fact, be used in contemporary and attractive luminaires intended for residential lighting.
The theme of this year’s competition is: Celebrate 20 years of democracy!, and the closing date is 15 August 2014

Prizes

At R200 000, the total prize money definitely warrants participation, while the registration of a new patent, of course, also holds lucrative possibilities for the patent holder.

Category A: Residential Luminaire Design (Students)

Full-time students at all tertiary institutions (universities, colleges, design centres and schools of design) in South Africa are invited to submit a luminaire design using an energy efficient light source, suitable for use in the home. The submission should be innovative, original and unique, in other words, it should not have been implemented before.
 
First prize:                                                R30 000
Second prize:                                          R20 000
Third prize:                                               R10 000
Educational institution prize money:   R10 000
Top regional finalists (6):                      Lenovo 7” Android tablet (wifi and 3G enabled)
Total prize value:                                     R85 000     

Category B: Innovative Energy Efficient Lighting Design (Professional) 

In Category B, professional graphic designers, architects, electrical engineers, product designers, researchers and anyone with a passion for design are invited to submit innovative energy efficient designs, systems or products, suitable for residential application. The submission should be innovative, original and unique, in other words, it should not have been implemented before.
Prize money:

First prize:                                               R30 000
Second prize:                                         R20 000
Third prize:                                              R10 000
Educational institution prize money:  R10 000
Top regional finalists (6):                     Lenovo 7” Android tablet (wifi and 3G enabled)
Total prize value:                                    R85 000   

Category C: Most Promising Young Designer (Learners)

Promising young designers from secondary schools and FET or independent colleges, between the age of 14 and 20, are invited to submit innovative energy efficient designs, systems or products, suitable for residential application. The submission should be innovative, original and unique, in other words, it should not have been implemented before.
Prize money:
Most Promising Designer (Individual):            R 10 000
Top regional finalists (6):                                    Lenovo 7” Android tablet (wifi and 3G enabled)
Educational institution prize money:                 R10 000
Total prize value:                                                   R 35 000
Special Award: Most Promising PDI designer (Individual)
Prize money:
Most Promising PDI Designer (Individual):    R 10 000
Total prize money:                                                R 10 000

The competition is supported by the National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMiSA), the Illuminating Engineering Society of South Africa (IESSA), the South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi), Voltex, Eskom eta Awards and 49M campaign, the SABS, Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), Gauteng Department of Education and the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers.
Full details are available on the following website: www.lighting-design.co.za, or from the competition organisers at tel (021) 949-7419/083 293 2848 or via e-mail atkarin@dalajunction.co.za.