Philips Introduces CLUE – A New Lighting Competition

Have you been in the Lighting business less than 5 years? Young and creative professionals inspired by lighting, this message is for you!


The new CLUE (Community Lighting for the Urban Environment) competition expects to further position itself inside the larger community of lighting professionals and continue on the route of being an internationally recognized leader in the design community. Therefore, CLUE has set itself the goal of encouraging and challenging young designers such as students (University & Colleges) and emerging Professionals (<5 years in their profession) to develop innovative lighting concepts for interior and exterior spaces, stimulate challenging ideas and recognize individuals creating those ideas.

CLUE has launched edition 01 of its annual competition.

The theme is INTERFACE. To embrace all types of lighting environments, this year’s theme invites the design community to investigate the integration of light at an interface: a world where two systems, subjects, organizations, etc. meet and interact.

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.

“The interface contains both rupture and exchange, transaction and interaction, enabled, facilitated or regulated by its very existence. At a time of globalization, mobility, diffusion, the contact of spatial systems of different natures is becoming more and more frequent, as well as the promotion of such contacts via interfaces.”

– Corinne Lampin-Maillet is an engineer of Bridges, Water and Forestry and has PhD in geography. She is a Researcher at the Research Unit on Mediterranean Ecosystems and risk at Cemagref Aix-en-Provence.

The boundaries between spaces, places and states are not straightforward. There are areas where we are situated in neither one nor the other, but rather in a third place with its own conditions. This third place, like an ecotone which serves as an ecological transition zone between two ecosystems, offers conditions raising its own questions, and hopefully, its own answers.

Are indoor and outdoor lighting solutions so radically different? How could they be integrated into a single system? What concepts can they share? How can light be used to transform the experience of moving from inside to outside? We are looking for smart, edgy, out of the box ideas that will redefine how these interfacing areas are experienced, perceived and used through light.

Go to the CLUE website

Winners will be selected from within all of the projects received. Prizes will be awarded on merit by an international jury composed of professionals in the fields of design and urban planning.

11 Sep