SLL Young Lighter of The Year Awards

Last week’s ARC Show played host to the SLL’s Young Lighter of The Year Awards.

This year’s SLL Young Lighter of the Year is Christopher Knowlton from Design International, who won the award following his presentation on user controlled environments.

‘I am really pleased to have been given the chance to showcase my research to so many leading people from the lighting industry. Technology is being woven into the very fabric of the spaces in which we live, work and play and is opening new possibilities for the way in which we communicate with the world and environment around us,’ says Knowlton. ‘Using this as my starting point, I set up an office space where a temporary lighting installation offered users the ability to control their lit environment through the use of their iPhone.’

It was clear from the early stages of his research that there was a diverse range of acceptance levels and user preferences. He set out to look at what effect this would have on the overall composition of the lit environment, whether there would be substantial energy savings and whether users favoured interactive control over a fully automatic system.

‘The user controlled lighting system provided a substantial energy saving of well over 60 per cent compared to a fully automated model of control. However the most important conclusion was that participants were more comfortable and user engagement was considerably higher,’ says Knowlton. ‘I’m thrilled to have won the award of Young Lighter of the Year and to have the opportunity to share my work with the lighting community.’

Kevin Theobald, one of the SLL judges at the event, said: ‘I was impressed with the depth of research carried out by the finalists and their confidence of presenting their findings to a large audience.  A broad range of topics were covered by the finalists including pure innovation, technical studies and in depth practical research.’

The competition, organised by the Society of Light and Lighting, provides a chance for young lighting students and professionals to investigate a lighting subject of their choice. Following the submission of a written paper the short-listed candidates were whittled down to four finalists who, together with the Republic of Ireland regional winner, presented their papers at the ARC show in January.

Kerem  Asfuroglu was awarded the Worshipful Company of Lightmongers prize for the best presentation with his paper on the use of water as a form of daylight control.

Knowlton was also awarded the ILP prize for best written paper.

The Society’s Young Lighter of the Year Final drew a huge crowd at the ARC 11 exhibition, and the presentations were all very well received. The award continues to attract entries from across the world and this year’s final included competitors from Greece, Turkey and the Republic of Ireland.

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