Philips and PLDA Find the Lighting Designers of Tomorrow

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15 May 2016

Eindhoven, the Netherlands – Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) and the Professional Lighting Designers Association (PLDA) are to collaborate in the search to identify fresh new talent amongst the latest generation of young professional lighting designers.

Increased application of innovative lighting techniques and new light sources such as LED lighting is expanding the creative possibilities of lighting in cities and urban spaces, buildings, homes, schools, shops, hotels and other environments. With this in mind, Philips and the PLDA have launched the 2010 Architectural Lighting Design Competition to provide professionals under the age of 35 with a platform to showcase how they can create an experience of light that uniquely meets the needs of people.

From the initial field of applicants, a jury of international lighting design experts will shortlist four designers and set them a brief to design a temporary exterior lighting scheme for the St. Peter’s Church in Frankfurt, Germany, with each receiving a Eur 1000 grant to develop their designs.

The winning design will be judged on a number of criteria, including creativity of the scheme, the response to the context and architecture of the church, the potential energy consumption of the scheme, and scheme’s feasibility as a temporary installation.

The overall winner will receive a Eur 9000 prize, and will have the design installed at the church as part of the Luminale – the PLDA Celebration of Light taking place during the Light+Building trade fair taking place in Frankfurt from April 11 to 15.

Commenting on the competition, leading lighting architect Mark Major says: "This competition represents an incredible opportunity for tomorrow's lighting superstars to showcase their creative skills on the international stage. Luminale is now well established as a 'must-see' event at the world's most progressive lighting fair and this project will certainly be the main focus for the independent lighting community. It’s a must for young lighting designers."

Marc de Jong, CEO of the Professional Luminaires business within Philips, adds: “Designers entering the profession today have a considerably greater creative palette to work with than any previous generation. LED lighting technology, in particular, has provided lighting architects with the ability to apply a new design language with which to transform environments and truly enhance people’s lives with lighting.”


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