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The 2007 Design Problem

A university is building a new dormitory, and student rooms will need an attractive, durable light fixture that will deliver light levels for studying as well as general living needs. The room size is 12’ x 15’ and houses two students in flexible furniture arrangements. The ceiling height is 9’. A recessed junction box will be provided in the concrete ceiling for this fixture. In addition to the above requirements, consider the issues of sustainability (materials, energy) light distribution (where does the light fall and its effectiveness), ease of maintenance and overall cost. Your fixture should use energy-efficient, high efficiency sources, such as compact fluorescent, or other sources with excellent color rendering, long life and instant on. The ballast should be integral to the fixture. Self-ballasted lamps and other retrofit lamps are not acceptable. Identify all major components and materials.


1st Place Winner 2007
Heather Tyler
Interior Design
Ringling School of Art + Design
Sarasota, Flordia

2nd Place Winner 2007
Brenda Petroff
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York

3rd Place Winner 2007
Yeshica Marroquin
Interior Design
University of Texas at Arlington
Arlington, Texas


Citation for
Technical Achievement 2007
Adam Vana
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York

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