Philips Inspirational Lighting Contest Ended

Make a difference to people’s lives with “inspirational lighting"

Start March 01, 2012 End March 22, 2012 23:59 UTC Deliberation Results August 2012
March 01, 2012
March 22, 2012 23:59 UTC
May 2012


A small invention can make a huge difference to your life. The light bulb for example has made people’s life more enjoyable, comfortable and safer. LED lighting is the new generation of lighting. It can be seen as a true revolution. It is energy-efficient compared to conventional lighting such as halogen or fluorescent and unlike conventional lighting, it is not confined to the shape of a light bulb or a light tube. You can easily use LED as a building block to form big or small lighting installations. And it can change into billions of colors so that you can create magnificent light effects. It gives you more freedom to create great ideas for lighting so we call it the “inspirational lighting”.

Creative Challenge

Paint a vision on how you could use the inspirational LED lighting to create a more enjoyable, comfortable and safer life for people.

Think about how the use of LED lighting can make a place better for people to work, socialize and entertain. Imagine how places such as office buildings, hotels, shopping malls where people gather to work, socialize and entertain can be transformed by LED lighting. It could be intelligent lighting that interacts with people. Or it could transform the mood and atmosphere of the place. Additionnally, it could create a magnificent exterior for a building that will become the new city landmark when lit up.

Put yourself in the shoes of an architect, interior designer, lighting designer or landscape designer, and think about how lighting can transform a room, a building and thus our lives. Smart usage of LED lighting can make people's lives more enjoyable, comfortable and safe. For example, LED lighting can be installed on the floor of a hallway. When people step out onto the hallway, it can interact and forming a colorful trail to lead the way out of darkness. Alternatively, using LED lighting can create a very inspiring working envionment. LED lighting can also transform the exterior of an office building into an ever-changing painting bifitting whatever the season, and, therefore the landscape of a city. Try to imagine for example, LED lighting transforming your office to become a snowing castle in winter, or LED lights changing colors to add more green to the city skyline in the summer.



Jury's Prize

  • #1 Prize €3,000
  • #2 Prize €1,500
  • #3 Prize €500


Video, animation, pictures, sketches, storyboards, any visual medium that will allow you to describe your idea.

Winning Criteria

We are looking for fresh and inspiring ideas that put LED lighting technology to great use with the purpose of improving people’s lives, especially looking at lighting in the context of urban commercial buildings such as offices, shopping malls, hotels. It should be a bit futuristic and inspirational to truly make a difference to our current social spaces. More importantly, it should have a strong human element to improve people’s lives.

Your ideas will inspire the architect and designer to create better lighting for our lives.

  • Language: English.
  • You can refer to the videos featured in the summary page to get more ideas about how LED lighting is used and present in building.
  • In your work, you should not visualize a place that is a house or where people live. You can think about how to make a difference on commercial buildings like an office, hotel, or shopping mall. Please don't portrait any famous building.
  • Please prepare a single file (PPT/PDF presentation) if you are submitting prints/storyboard.
  • Do not show any personal details in the entry (name, contact number, e-mail address etc.)
  • Please explain your idea in your media description.