The California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) held its 10th Annual Luminaire Design Competition on March 13, 2014. Each year since CLTC’s founding, Professor Michael Siminovitch has provided the UC Davis undergraduate students in his Designing with Light class (DES136B) with a design challenge that spans the full 10 weeks of the course. Lighting courses at UC Davis are taught through the Department of Design, under the College of Letters and Science’s Division of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies.
This year’s students were asked to create fully functional, aesthetically appealing luminaires for outdoor pathways, using energy-efficient LED modules provided by Seoul Semiconductur and LEDLab. The panel of judges for the 2014 competition included representatives from CLTC, Seoul Semiconductor, LEDLab, and Borden Lighting.
Seoul Semiconductor North America Marketing Representative Megan Silkman said, "We are excited to sponsor this year's class and to be inspired by the young minds working on this intriguing outdoor LED project.”
Dylan Laufenberg and Amanda Saeteun were among the top students receiving sponsorship from Seoul Semiconductor to attend Lightfair and share manufactured versions of their luminaire designs. Ho-Yin Mok and Jonathan Hoolko both garnered Honorable Mention awards for their designs. Past winners have gone on to establish careers in lighting design, architecture and other design fields, with many students receiving job offers immediately after graduation.
Thanks to competition sponsor Seoul Semiconductor, students will have the opportunity to present manufactured versions of their winning luminaires in a special section of the Seoul Semiconductor booth at Lightfair. The event gives the students valuable opportunities to meet industry experts and explore job opportunities while learning about the latest innovations in lighting technology and design.