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ESKOM LIGHTING DESIGN (article first published : 2006-02-7)

Innovative, ingenious, creative, functional, attractive, efficient … these are some of the qualities Eskom is looking for in its exciting Energy Efficient Lighting Design Competition – a competition that rewards its winners handsomely and challenges its participants to combine technical know-how with flair and functionality.

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 pleasing to the eye. As the name of the competition suggests, it is of major importance that the design should use an energy efficient light source.

Eskom’s drive to promote energy efficiency stems from the fact that the more energy mankind uses, the more energy needs to be generated. The result is that more power stations need to be built, which will increase the electricity rates. In addition, South Africa’s coal reserves will not last forever. The growing population rate and accompanying demands on energy resources have a severe impact on the country’s natural resources.

Since CFLs (compact florescent lamps) have hit the market, it became more and more apparent that existing lamp designs were not suitable for new energy efficient technologies. Hence Eskom’s initiative to stimulate new designs through this competition which aims to demonstrate that efficient lighting technologies, such as discharge, fluorescent and LED technologies, can be used in very contemporary and attractive luminaires intended for residential and commercial lighting.

The winner of the professional category of last year was Hoosein Unice, a Johannesburg-based manufacturer of hi-tech products and electronic equipment. He was confronted with a tragedy that happened to a family member in the Western Cape where a home was completely destroyed by fire caused by a candle. This prompted him to design what he called a Genie lamp - a rechargeable and portable lamp that gives light for three days and radiates enough light to illuminate two rooms.

Apart from manufacturing the lamp, which will create job opportunities, Hoosein also devised a franchise system for recharging centres. Such a centre or kiosk can easily be put up in informal settlements – the idea being that users leave their lamps at the centre when they go to work and pick them up on return. The cost of recharging is only 20c, leaving enough room for mark-ups, while the cost to the consumer will remain affordable. Approximately 3,000 lamps can be recharged daily and Hoosein is currently working towards making his patent profitable.

The judges will use a number of criteria to evaluate the entries. These include innovation and uniqueness of design, cost-effectiveness, use of an energy efficient light source and efficiency of luminaire, including the reflectors, lenses and diffuser systems. Also to be taken into consideration will be the design’s marketing potential and its environmental friendliness as well as the extent to which the design is aesthetically pleasing (standard or decorative).

Practical implementation is important regarding the ease with which the design can be manufactured by local SMMEs (small, medium and micro-enterprises). The design must also be in compliance with applicable SABS standards, promote the concept of energy efficiency and create jobs.

The total prize money is R125,000 warrants participation, while the registration of a new patent also holds lucrative possibilities for the patent holder.

The individual winner in the student category will receive a cash prize of R20,000, the runner-up R10,000 and the second runner-up R5,000 sponsored by Eskom. Also sponsored by Eskom will be a cash prize of R20,000 for the best group winner in the student category and an amount of R10,000 for the department at the tertiary institution of the winning student. The winners in the professional category (decorative and functional categories) will each be awarded a cash prize of R30 000, sponsored by Eskom with the top winner receiving the Sparks floating trophy.

Designers are invited to design a luminaire, which makes use of, and complements, a compact fluorescent (or energy-saving light bulb). The closing date for entries is August 18, 2006, and entrants may participate in any of three categories: student category for individual entries; student category for groups, and a professional category.

Full details are available from the competition organisers at 012 997 1334 or e-mail amroux@mweb.co.za or visit www.eskom.co.za/dsm




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