Light Fantastic

Brunel Design students captured the attention of leading Lighting Companies at The ARC Show, in the Business Design Centre London, on the 29th February and 1st March.

Students studying Product and Industrial Design courses were finalists in an LED lighting design competition sponsored by Remote Controlled Lighting (RCL). Joe Rushton from RCL said that ‘It’s wonderful to see the creative energy that is produced from Brunel, the reason we sponsor this competition is to help shape the next generation of talent to design beautiful products that are sensitive to the constraints and challenges of business’.

Designs included stair rails that light up when you touch them, a light that wakes you up gently for application in hotels, driveway lights with recessed LED lights and a simple mechanism to adjust gallery lights in high ceilings without ladders.

The winning students, as judged by a panel of leading lighting experts including Florence Lam from Arup, Alex Rushton and Andrew Molyneux both from Precision Lighting, were

George Killaspy and Xander Dawood, both are in their 2nd year studying Industrial Design & Technology, BA. .
George’s design called Polarescent is a piece of gallery lighting intended to reduce the amount of refitting necessary for exhibition change as it has the ability to vary colour temperature to correctly illuminate different types of artwork. George’s idea was inspired by his interest in Polaroid camera filters and the effect of 3D glasses. He said ‘I’m hugely flattered to be selected as joint winner and extremely happy that people have seen potential in my idea, being at The ARC Show is been amazing’.

‘I’m hugely flattered to be selected as joint winner and extremely happy that people have seen potential in my idea, being at The ARC Show is been amazing’.

Xander Dawood’s winning design called Arclite is a remote controlled light to illuminate artwork and sculptures for use in domestic galleries. Xander said ‘being at The ARC Show has been great as I have been able to talk about my idea to lighting experts and make contacts for future opportunities’.

Both students received a prize of £300 and the 8 runners-up all received £50 from the competition sponsor RCL.

Stephen Green, Head of Designplus within the School of Engineering and Design (now College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences) said ‘We’ve been extremely encouraged by the interest and support from the lighting industry. RCL’s generous input over a number of years, and this focus on an important industry sector is resulting in a significant number of our placement students and graduates working in lighting throughout the World’.

For more information please contact: hello@designplus.org.uk