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Drumroll please...... We have a winner in our Bright Ideas Lighting Design Competition! The polls are closed, the votes have been tallied and the winners of our Bright Ideas Lighting Design Competition are finally in. Over the past few weeks, 40 eco it

Drumroll please......

We have a winner in our Bright Ideas Lighting Design Competition! The polls are closed, the votes have been tallied and the winners of our Bright Ideas Lighting Design Competition are finally in. Over the past few weeks, 40 brilliant eco lamp designs have been duking it out in a light fight to the death in our Bright Ideas Competition that we hosted in partnership with Philips Lighting to shed light on LED technology. Now our readers and a panel of design industry judges have weighed in, and in the end, only the cream of the crop could reign supreme and take home the $1,800 in cash prizes . Are you ready to see who won?



We guess hard work really does pay off because all those nights that designer Edward Chew spent cutting box drink cartons into hundreds of strips and folding them into pieces to create his beguiling Tetra Pak lamp have landed him the grand prize in the Bright Ideas Lighting Competition! Not only is the Tetra Pak Lamp absolutely breathtaking to behold, it’s also a fabulously creative example of upcycled design and craftsmanship – it was even assembled without the use of any adhesives!

Ed Chew’s Tetra Pak lamp was a clear standout in the Bright Ideas Lighting Design Competition for its inspired use of materials and amazing craftsmanship; the designer painstakingly cut, folded and assembled hundreds of Tetrapak containers into this flawlessly geometric lamp. This is a shining example of upcycled design that is so professional and well-executed that you can’t tell it is made out of junk – but once you realize this, the story becomes even more impressive.”
Jill Fehrenbacher, Editor-in-Chief,


The people have spoken and Carolyn Joan Lau’s Nourishment Lamp was their clear choice to take the cake in the Bright Ideas Lighting Design Competition. Although this beautiful lamp is made of banal upcycled household materials like used Yakult yogurt bottles and plastic ties, the end result is a glowing work of art that inspires as it illuminates.

“Looks so glam and out of this world- can’t believe it is made from plastic bottles. Kudos on such a creative design- you’ve certainly got my vote!” – Sarah Chew


The simple and elegant Pinha lamp by Shay Alkalay and Yael Mer grabbed the judges’ attention with its clever cork multi-use design. Because of the material used, this adorable pendant lamp can be easily customized by fastening a paper shade to the base using a pin.

“It has the best realized form (riffing on Alvar Aalto’s beehive pendant) and offers the end user a great deal of flexibility – It really seems like its ready to become a product already.”
Sam Grawe, Editor-in-Chief of Dwell Magazine


Inspired by the form of the blowfish, Andrea Carvajal’s Fugu lamp captivated readers with its mesmerizing circles of light. Made out of refurbished scientific test tubes, the resulting geometic light fixture is a modern and playful addition to any room.

“I love it! I get a very nice calming energy when I look at this design. It makes me feel like I’m actually all alone under the sea. Great!” – Sheila Arocha


Instead of discarding this old coffee pot, designer Gilles Eichenbaum took it and transformed it into an original, illuminated piece of art. The Coffee Pot Lamp‘s creative example of adaptive reuse won it a spot as a runner up in the Bright Ideas Lighting Competition.

“While I loved several of the designs, I just had to vote for this one. I appreciate the way this takes objects that were once beloved and makes them beautiful and relevant once again. Poetic, indeed.” – Beth Larsen


Pierre Ospina‘s Blossom Bulbs were a Bright Ideas judge favorite thanks to their creative form and nature-mimicking buds of light. Made from recycled rubber tire linings, the branch-like fixtures are fitted with LED bulbs and can be installed in patches to creates forests of illumination.

“I saw these lamps a while back and LOVE them! What a wonderful idea and great execution! These would be beautiful in so many different applications. I am hoping that the aluminum tube is also a reused material since that is the bulk of the lamp. I love the texture that the rubber provides! Great job.” – Kim Wike

Congratulations to all the winners of the Bright Ideas Competition, and thank you to everyone who participated in this fun design contest. We were thoroughly impressed with the work submitted and hope we’ve been able to shed a light on the beauty of LED technology.

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  1. kevino October 18, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Hi. Please tell me how I can enter the next Bright Ideas Lighting Contest next year.

    Kevin Sutton

  2. mark l June 17, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Well done Ed and thank you for sharing your step-by-step tutorial guide with us. My boy has been bringing back empty Tetra Pak boxes from school ever since your work had been featured in the local daily. You were right, we never look at empty Tetra Pak boxes the same way again!

  3. Ed Chew June 17, 2011 at 12:19 am

    I wish to take this opportunity to convey my heartfelt THANK YOU to the organizers, the judges and to everyone who took the time to vote and helped spread the word, without whom this winning prize would not have been possible.

    Being shortlisted as a finalist is already a recognition. Winning a prize is indeed a bonus. But most importantly, this competition has helped spread the green message across the spectrum of society.

    Again, many many thanks to you all.

  4. JasminMC June 16, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Love the Yakult lamp! I grew up drinking Yakult as a child!

  5. evelyn June 16, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Incredible innovation from all the entries, congrats to the winners!

  6. dan mendes June 16, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    these are definitely the best designs in the competition!

  7. loreta June 15, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    I am wondering why there are international participants in a contest that was supposely ‘open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. States, D.C., and Puerto Rico…’. Looks strange. Could someone explain that?

  8. Diane Pham June 15, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    tetra pack was hands-down the most stunning design. what a brilliant idea for re-use!

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