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October 11, 2017

Good times for the over-50s

Student competition as part of belektro 2018 – the topic is ‘Designing an intuitive lighting system for assisted living’ – the deadline for entries is 9 March 2018 – the next belektro will take place from 6 to 8 November 2018

Berlin, 11 October 2017 – Taking as its slogan ’Going for Gold – Optimum Lighting for the Over-50s’, a student competition will be taking place as part of belektro 2018. From now until 9 March 2018 students of product design, industrial design, lighting design, architecture, interior architecture and lighting systems are invited to submit their entries. As part of a supervised university project the idea will be to come up with innovative lighting solutions which in the long run can contribute to a ‘smart living’ environment in which older people are autonomous and can live in comfort.

The search is on for lighting systems mainly for the home, but also for (assisted) living facilities. As they grow older people’s needs change as regards light. The designs must take this factor into account as well as the biological effects of light. Receiving the right amount of light at the right time can have a positive effect on one’s health and well-being.

The lighting products should target the needs of the over-50s. They should be ergonomically designed for people who, due to their age, may have a limited use of their abilities. One important criterion is intuitive device control. In addition to the design’s own features, easily recognisable signs and symbols should clearly explain the lighting system’s functions. The jury will also examine whether the lighting designs use eco-friendly materials, can be manufactured sustainably, and be recycled.

Ingrid Krauß is the science head of the International Design Centre Berlin (IDZ), a partner of the competition and member of the jury. ”’Most of us take a good design for granted. Until it no longer works.’ This quote by Bruce Mau applies equally to lighting. Good lighting is not something we are conscious of. Only when a light dazzles us, or is not used sensibly, or it does not aid our vision do we regard it as interfering. For me, optimum lighting for the over-50s and all other groups must take ambient room conditions into account as well as people’s abilities and needs. I look forward to viewing many good ideas.”

The jury will select the best designs from all the entries submitted. Afterwards, the finalists will assemble working models of their lighting systems by 20 July 2018. The top three entries will receive prize money from Messe Berlin totalling 3,000 euros. The winners will be announced and will receive their awards at the opening event of belektro on 5 November 2018.

You can find application forms for the competition, information about the members of the jury, as well as additional details here.

belektro 2016 attracted around 14,000 visitors

The innovations and new products at belektro 2016 attracted around 14,000 visitors to the display halls on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds. They were able to find out more from 260 exhibitors representing 10 countries who showcased the latest smart solutions concerning energy efficiency, networked building systems, innovative lighting technology, electro-mobility and other up-to-the-minute topics. According to a visitor survey, more than 98 per cent of the trade visitors polled were able to find out about new products. 96 per cent rated the products and services as ‘very good’. Overall, 96.5 per cent of those polled said they were satisfied with their visit to belektro, more than at the 2014 event, which had already produced high figures (95.7 per cent).