Eskom Energy Efficient Lighting Design

WORDS Michaela Stehr PHOTOS Supplied

The 2014 winners of the Eskom Energy Efficient Lighting Design Competition have been announced, after the brief received 506 entries over three categories.

Finalists were asked to take up Eskom’s challenge of designing an “energy efficient lamp and integrate energy efficient lighting in architectural, engineering and interior design.”

The winners were then selected by a panel of online judges, with a total prize sum of R200 000 for the various awards.

In the Student Category Ashley Adami from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology claimed first place. Her design, the Nimbus Light, is made from bamboo and 12 volt strips of LEDs. With a contemporary edge, the Nimbus illustrates how design can be both aesthetically pleasing and functional. The Nimbus retails for R455.

The Learner Category saw Megan Laughton walk away with top honours with her Shredded Lantern. Twelve trapezium windows have been created by a steel frame on a hexagonal base. The shade of the freestanding lamp is formed by shredded telephone-book paper. The lamp is a prime example of how everyday objects can be used to create an affordable product, retailing at R448.

Stephen Pikus won first place in the Professional Category with his Bright Spark light. The Lamp is mainly comprised of recycled car filters. Bright Spark can be adapted as a bedside and table lamp or be used as a hanging pendant.

For more information about the competition and the winners, visit