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.
Central Iowa, IA
New York, NY
St. Louis, MO
Salt Lake City, UT
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.
Inspired by the Egyptian belly dancers traditional dress and named after the Egyptian musical style, here is the fixture: Baladi. An acoustic luminaire that blends traditional style with modern technology, this fixture uses energy-efficient OLED panels and top-of-the-line PET recycled acoustic materials, creating an environmentally friendly product.
Imagine a country where there is daylight 24/7/365 and each night, the brilliant country of Lumenovia lights its flag to show the world how proud it is of where they call home. All are welcome to Lumenovia to share daily illumination of each other’s lives through helping each other and giving back to the community.
When I heard that the design theme for this year’s Lighten Up! Event was “International Delight” my thoughts immediately went to the International Space Station (ISS). Our team discussed the idea and there was a full consensus that we would design and construct a fixture whose form was to be inspired by the ISS and be named the “International Delight Station” due to the delight of working while floating in Zero-G that the international astronauts & cosmonauts experience aboard the ISS.
New York, NY
Lightness is built to be playful. Modular in design, each piece displays the lightweight foam material in different lights, showing the translucent qualities and using the low-heat properties of OLED to the greatest advantage. The marriage of foam and OLED is masterful and simultaneously delightful.
This unique luminaire will accentuate any environment and seamless harmonize with the décor of any room. This one-of-a-kind designer series architectural luminaire was hand-crafted using sustainable “earth-friendly” materials. Presented on an inner-illuminated base, the iconic Eiffel Tower is illuminated with a color accented OLED source with an omni-directional effect.
This year’s Lighten Up theme was “International Delight.” A coffee creamer shares the same name, thus we wanted to create a literal interpretation of this theme and coincide with the coffee creamer, but creating “Da-Light,” our interpretation of making a coffee creamer carton while mimicking the brand’s logo in an abstract way.
Elegant Chaos: This pendant fixture with seemingly chaotic, unbalanced levels are suspended together by different colorful entities. The chaotic use of angled planes, colors, and reflective materials are gently wrapped with a tranquil atmosphere bringing together a sense of elegance and grace. Elegant Chaos represents our international communities working together despite their cultural differences to produce a sense of elegance to our world .
Salt Lake City, UT
Bloom explores the theme of international delight as the transcendental experience of life always finding a way. Whether it be through the migration of birds, seeds, or people, the universality or movement to find the delights of life is ever present. Bloom brings the experience to the user through the binding confines of the twine fading into an explosion of light and life.
St. Louis, MO
This custom luminaire, Cultural Infusion, was created using packaging foam, a multitude of colorful films, pipe cleaners, hot glue and imagination. Cultural Infusion’s objective is to provide a soft, internal glow that shines through a rainbow of color. This expresses the concept of International Delight by communicating the presence and importance of light throughout our world.
International Day of Light is during the Spring. Thus, our luminaire, Spring Garden, is a suspended OLED pendant, that emulates spring through a combination of its wooden planter bed exterior, wrapped rope suspension cord, and white and yellow flower-printed fabric cover. Spring Garden offers optimal distribution for low glare and wide beam angle, radiating its glow outwards for children to embrace.