Monday, 8 October 2012

Eskom Energy Efficient Lighting Design Competition entries shine brightly

Supernova editor Andrea Vermaak was lucky enough to view the amazing lighting designs by the Gauteng entrants of the Eskom Lighting Design Competition on 2 October 2012. In total, more than 570 energy efficient lighting designs entries were received from both professional and amateur designers, countrywide.

With the introduction of the competition to secondary schools for the first time this year, Eskom has seen an increase in number from all corners of South Africa. One of the youngest entrants was grade 3 learner Thomas Granig of Dunkeld West. He was chosen as a regional finalist in the Special/Scholar category. Granig's design has potential as a single product with multiple options. It is also safe for children as it is only 12V. Congratulations Thomas! The Supernova team is very excited to see a super kid like you doing his bit to save electricity and the planet!

Thomas Granig poses with his lighting design

By highlighting opportunities for energy efficient lamps and technologies in the residential market, the biennial competition has helped stimulate wider-spread acceptance of green light designs and systems, making it an important part of Eskom's ongoing programmes to instil a culture of energy and resource consciousness among South Africans. The goal of the competition “is to demonstrate that efficient lighting technologies, such as discharge, fluorescent and LED technologies, can be used in very contemporary and attractive luminaries and lighting design systems intended for residential lighting”.

Winners, judged at the national finals on Friday 5 October 2012 in Johannesburg, shared the R214 000 prize money on offer and were also honoured with the prestigious Sparks Trophy.

For more information, visit the Eskom Energy Efficient Lighting Design Competition's website:

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