May 17, 2009 A bright idea (pun intended) for lighting a workstation is one of the entries in this year’s Emotionalize Your Light competition. Andres4, the designer of the LED-enhanced workstation, has created a working prototype that features a band of LED lighting running around the desktop edge and additional lighting suspended from the ceiling. The disc in the middle of the upper panel is a “must for every Star Trek fan”, according to the designer. The colored lights of the desk can be changed using switches, but the designer is working on a way of switching the lights using a computer controller.

The desk and overhead lamp were designed together with the designer intent on creating a desk that was large enough to work on comfortably and lighting that could be altered according to the user’s mood. The cable channels help to ensure that the desk stays relatively tidy. This futuristic desk measures 160 x 140 x 80cm (about 5 x 4.5 x 2.6 ft). The desktop lighting uses 16 1-watt LEDs, which are housed in a square aluminum tube.

The competition organizers expect to attract designers who can develop innovative LED lighting solutions with a well-being focus. The lighting ideas are expected to be easy to use, affordable and should impart a feeling of harmony and wellness.

Entries must be submitted by June 25 and prize winners will share in cash and prizes worth EUR7000 (about USD$9,460). There are two phases to the competition and will be judged by a jury. Participants can also rate other ideas and assign others up to five points. In doing this, organizers hope to create a community of designers that develop innovative and creative LED lighting solutions.

Gizmag will feature some of the more creative entries over the next month. In the meantime, competition details and more designs are here.

Jude Garvey

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