Team Ersula in Washington won the 2018 competition for its Ersula luminaire, shown here.

Sponsored by Acuity Brands, 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. This year, competitions are taking place in fourteen locations in the United States and Canada.

During the event, participants are divided into teams, where they will design and build a luminaire with craft materials, lighting controls, and solid state light sources. Awards and prizes will recognize winning designs in two categories, a people’s choice and judge’s choice award. The judge’s choice winner moves on to a national vote to choose the top design.

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