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Congratulations to Washington, DC, the winner of the IES 2019 LIGHTEN UP!
Luminaire Design Competition


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

The design competition was founded by IES member, Laura Ashley A. Alferes and is a great networking event for cross-section and cross-organization collaboration. Initially this was a Washington, DC only event that grew nationally as LIGHTEN UP! 2018 was the first national event.

Here's a list of the participating sections this year:

Calgary, Canada
Central Iowa, IA
Cleveland, OH
Chicago, IL
Denver, CO
Edmonton, Canada
New York, NY

Portland, OR
Reno, NV
Richmond, VA
St. Louis, MO
Salt Lake City, UT
Toronto, Canada
Washington, DC

Event Details

All participants will be divided into teams, where they will design and build a luminaire with craft materials, lighting controls, and solid state light sources. There will be awards and prizes for the winning designs. The judging is based on two categories: a people’s choice and judge’s choice award. The judge’s choice winner moves on to a national vote to select the top design.

Check out our Lighten Up 2019 Photo Gallery

IES Lighten Up 2019

Thanks to Our Sponsors


Voting for your favorite design from Lighten Up 2019 is now complete!