The closing date of Eskom’s 2014 Energy Efficient Lighting Design Competition (EELDC) is running near, with the final date for receiving entries set for 15 August 2014. Architects, interior designers, engineers, electrical contractors, consultants, lighting specialists, students and high school learners – thus anyone with a passion for design and/or efficient lighting – are invited to enter this competition with prize value totaling no less than R200 000!
Eskom invites and challenges designers to think laterally, beyond convention, use their intuition and imagination and design and build a lamp prototype that not only works, but is useful and also pleasing to the eye. Of major importance, as the name of the competition suggests, is that the design should use an energy efficient light source.
Skilled Panel Of Expert Judges
An independent panel of judges with expertise in the field of lighting design and energy efficiency has been announced by Eskom to judge the entries. These judges include Mr Sindile Ngonyama (South African Institute of Architects), Ms Annemarie Meintjes (Visi Magazine), Mr Chris Gryffenberg (Gauteng Department of Education), Mr Pierre van Helden (LED Lighting South Africa), Mr Andrew Wex (Eurolux), Mr Enock Zikalala (Beka) and Mr David Krynauw (previous professional EELDC winner).
Dreams Come True
Visually impaired Solomon (Solly) van Belling, representing a group-community project from Emmaüs in George, a centre for adults with mental and physical disabilities, was awarded the Most Promising Designer special award with prize money of R10 000 in 2012.
Solly (32) has only have five per cent of his sight, but his vision and talent to create a winning lamp got him through to the finals. He was the first person with limited sight to take part in the Eskom Energy Efficient Lighting Design Competition. Solly has about five percent vision in one eye and no vision in the other. He also has impaired hearing.
Made from old tea bags, wire, masking tape, material and gold paint, Solly’s beautiful tree light is a sight to behold and an asset for any home. The leaves of the tree are made from previously used tea bags. These were then dried and with the assistance of friends were carefully cut out and attached to the wire branches.
The theme of this year’s competition is: Celebrate 20 years of democracy! and the total prize money of R200 000 is divided between three categories, namely full-time students, professionals and secondary school learners between 14 and 20 years old. In addition to designing and building a working prototype, entrants have to prepare a budget, submit a sketch and photographs for each entry, and have to comply with strict safety and quality standards.
The criteria that will be used by the judges to evaluate the entries are:
- Innovation and uniqueness of design
- Use of an energy efficient light source
- Marketing potential
- Environmental friendliness of the design
- The extent to which the design is aesthetically pleasing
- Practical implementation, i.e. the ease with which the design can be manufactured by local SMMEs (small, medium and micro-enterprises)
- Compliance with the applicable SABS standard
- Promotion of the concept of energy efficiency
- The extent to which the design will create jobs
The competition is supported by the National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMiSA), the Illuminating Engineering Society of South Africa (IESSA), the South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi), Voltex, Eskom eta Awards and 49M campaign, the SABS, Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), Gauteng Department of Education, Cape Town and KZN Science Centres, Eurolux and the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers.
The competition is organised under the auspices of a steering committee consisting of Latetia Venter (Eskom), Barry Bredenkamp and Lauren Steyn (Sanedi), Elsie Coetzee (NMiSA), Enock Zikalala (Beka) and Robert Henderson (Eskom).