CLUE launches One for Light, Light for All competition

24th October 2016

(Canada) – CLUE’s third edition invites emerging lighting industry members to reflect on extending personalisation of private spaces to personalisation of public spaces, through lighting. 

The CLUE competition, an annual celebration of the best in lighting, launches its third edition under the theme: One for Light, Light for All.

CLUE invites new and emerging members of the industry to reflect on the possibilities for extending the personalisation of private spaces to the personalisation of public spaces. Candidates are given carte blanche to propose innovative lighting solutions relating to this theme by 31 January 31 2017, the deadline for submissions.

Winners will be selected by a jury of professionals representing various positions within the international lighting and design community. In addition to a global platform, winners will receive one of three grants totalling $8,500, as well as a trip to Philadelphia for LIGHTFAIR International 2017.

More details on the theme can be found below:


Even as technology keeps advancing, in lighting as in other fields, the world we live in becomes ever more homogenised. The techniques at our disposal (LED lighting, control over intensity or colour, preprogrammed lighting schemes, etc.) give us the feeling of a personalised 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 personalisation 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 personalisation of the virtual world be implemented in the physical world, through lighting? Short of having a drone following our every move, how can personalised 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.