Submission: January 31, 2017
Registration: January 30, 2017
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: 1st Prize: $5,000, 2nd Prize: $ 2,500, 3rd Prize: $ 1,000
Type: Open


Since 2004, the CLUE has been holding an international design competition which annually recognizes the best in lighting by awarding $8,500 of grant to projects that stand out for their quality of innovation. Here are the details of our edition 03 under the theme: One for light, light for all. We invite new and emerging members of the industry to reflect on the possibilities for extending the personalization of private spaces to the personalization of public spaces.


Even as technology keeps advancing, in lighting as in other fields, the world we live in becomes ever more homogenized. The techniques at our disposal (LED lighting, control over intensity or color, preprogrammed lighting schemes, etc…) give us the feeling of a personalized environment, but only within the limits of our own private space. Everyone can live this experience—at home. But when we cross the threshold of our front door, what happens then?


With this in mind, how can we extend the personalization of our private space to our public spaces? One of many examples: it’s now easy to translate, in an instant, any web page into our own language, while others can translate the exact same page into theirs—without affecting anyone else’s reading. How can this personalization of the virtual world be implemented in the physical world, through lighting? Short of having a drone following our every move, how can personalized lighting help us to live side by side, or improve the society in which we must live together? In what ways could individuals control this lighting, and how can we each live our own experience without disrupting others or creating social chaos?


For this third edition of the CLUE competition, candidates are invited to reflect on these questions. Proposals should suit the context of a public space—interior or exterior—and should answer a social need while improving quality of life and having a positive impact on the community, all through the personalization of lighting. There are no budgetary or technological limitations, and candidates are given carte blanche to present inventive lighting solutions. Proposals will be evaluated on the relevance and the originality of their approach.


1st Prize: $5,000,

2nd Prize: $ 2,500,

3rd Prize: $ 1,000

Winners will be selected from all eligible submitted projects. Prizes will be awarded on merit by an international jury composed of professionals in the fields of design and urban planning. Prizes will be distributed as follows on the jury’s discretion.

Go to the competition’s website