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According to the USGBC, buildings account for 40% of the United States’ carbon footprint, and electric lighting consumes a significant portion of the energy used to power our buildings. It’s clear that we need to pursue energy-efficient lighting alternatives to secure a sustainable future — and fortunately the technology is here today. LED bulbs currently available on store shelves can be 5 times more energy-efficient than their incandescent counterparts, and they can last for up to 25,000 hours.

In order to showcase the vast potential of LED lighting, green design website Inhabitat teamed up with lighting brand Philips to launch the first ever Bright Ideas Lighting Design Competition in May 2011. We asked designers to submit stellar examples of inspiring eco-friendly lamps that make smart use of materials and are designed to work with low-energy LED replacement bulbs like Philips’ AmbientLED. Our panel of expert judges selected 40 luminous finalists based upon aesthetics, creativity, sustainability, practicality, and commercial viability. From there, our readers helped pick the winner in an exciting round of online voting to win cash prizes worth $1720. The contest has finished now and submission has closed. The winners of the competition were announced on June 15th.

THE WINNERS OF THE BRIGHT IDEAS COMPETITION:

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Runner Up – Andrea Carvajal’s Blowfish Lamp

Runner Up – Gilles Eichenbaum’s Coffee Pot Lamp

Runner Up – Pierre Ospina’s Blossom Bulbs

PRIZES

Our GRAND PRIZE winner received $1000 in prize money, the winner of the READERS’ CHOICE received $500, the third place winner received $250, and all of our 6 winners including 3 runners up received a Philips Ambient LED bulb! All of the winning designs were showcased on Inhabitat to our international audience of millions of design enthusiasts.

JUDGES PANEL

Our judges panel included some of today’s brightest green thinkers and lighting design luminaries including Dwell’s Managing Editor-in-Chief Sam Grawe, founder of Treehugger Graham Hill, Engadget’s Editor-in-Chief Tim Stevens, Metropolis Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Susan Szenasy, co-founder of Core 77 Allan Chochinov, and Inhabitat’s founder and editor-in-chief Jill Fehrenbacher, Managing Editor Mike Chino, and writer / resident lighting expert Lea Bogdan.