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Remote Controlled Lighting and The ARC Show award young product design talent

11 March 2009 12.00 BST

(UK) - The ARC Show 2009, based at Earls Court from the 4-5 February this year, welcomed the finalists of an LED based competition formed from a special partnership between exhibitor Remote Controlled Lighting (RCL) and the award-winning Brunel University.

The RCL stand featured the innovative works of the Brunel Design and Technology undergraduates who were challenged to come up with an architectural, rather than decorative luminaire, based on a 3W LED module. A team from RCL reviewed 124 initial project storyboards which resulted in 103 entries - these working LED models were then whittled down to 11 finalists whose designs were exhibited at the show.
The winning product was designed by Fredrick Swallow whose ‘Ocean View’ design comprised a lighting effect mounted inside an extruded coving. The effect could be created using either a filter placed over an LED point source, or an RGB LED matrix. RCL awarded Fredrick top honours as the product had a great deal of room for customisation and expansion, and the potential to be cheap to produce. Fredrick was awarded £500 by RCL, with a further £500 shared among the runners up.

RCL is a world-leader in the design and manufacture of remote controlled spotlights. The company further supports the works of the Brunel University students by employing two graduates, as well as providing two second year undergraduates with hands-on industrial experience of the architectural lighting market and vital developments in LED technology.

The ARC Show will continue to support the competition for next year’s show and develop the format further to form its own dedicated feature area. The event will return to Earls Court next year from 3-4 February.


Frederick Swallow's ‘Ocean View’ design won first prize

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