CLUE Innovative Lighting Concepts Competition

Two Competitions Merge

The former CLU Foundation Competition and Future Vision Competition have merged to form the new CLUE (Community Lighting for the Urban Environment) Competition. The aim is to position itself inside the larger community of lighting professionals and continue on the route of being an internationally recognized award in the design community.

Open to all lighting applications and spaces, CLUE encourages and challenges young designers—such as university/college students and emerging professionals with fewer than five years of experience—to develop innovative lighting concepts for interior and exterior spaces, to cultivate inspiring ideas, and to recognize their peers creating those ideas.

In the past, the CLU (Concept Lumière Urbaine) Foundation Competition encouraged the industry’s next generation to question issues by developing global lighting solutions focused on exterior environments. In almost a decade this competition received over 690 submissions and awarded over $45,000 in prizes. Conversely, the Future Vision Competition was created in 2012 to provide the same opportunity for those working with interior environments. In its inception year contestants reflected on sustainable, socially conscious lighting and considered how light affects our social interactions, health, sleeping patterns, productivity and safety. The merger of these competitions now offers the industry one competition for both interior and exterior environments, allowing more opportunities for individuals to get involved and learn from each other.


Imagine lighting in areas of transition where these interfaces, through their exchange of functions, provide added value and become “space events” or “spatial objects”, which contribute to the richness of the territories.

This year’s participants are asked to explore transformative potentials and to define unique lighting innovations that celebrate the activities of both the built and unbuilt communities. Incorporating the concepts of contact, transparency, transition, threshold, limits, dark/light, natural/artificial, the interface focuses on the spatial interactions influenced by exchanges between one and the other, and thereby distinguishing the two adjacent spaces.


January 15, 2015 -Deadline to ask questions

January 30, 2015, 11:59 p.m. (GMT-5) -Deadline for competition registration

January 31, 2015, 11:59 p.m. (GMT-5) -Deadline for projects submission

February 2015 -Judging of proposals

March 1, 2015 -Publication of winners

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15 Jul