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BRIGHT IDEAS: An Inhabitat Lighting Competition!May 22nd, 2011

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Shine a light on LED technology by designing an energy-efficient lamp!

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 has teamed up with lighting brand Philips to launch the first ever Bright Ideas Lighting Design Competition! We’re looking for 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. (Since LED bulbs are low heat, this is a great excuse to get creative with other materials that might be off-limits with traditional incandescent bulbs). Our panel of expert judges will select 20 luminous finalists based upon aesthetics, creativity, sustainability, practicality, and commercial viability. From there, it’s up to our readers to help pick the winner in an exciting round of online voting, and our grand prize winner and two runners-up will be published on Inhabitat and showered with the fortune and fame that comes with being an Inhabitat winner! We’re accepting entries until midnight May 22, 2011 – so if you have a bright idea for a green lamp, send it in and let it shine! Finalists will be announced on May 30th with the launch of online public voting. The glowing winners will then be unveiled on June 8th!


May 22nd, 2011

May 22nd, 2011



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


Our judges panel includes 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.