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The 2011 Design Problem

Design a decorative pendant fixture that can be used as an individual fixture or as a series of fixtures to light a corporate conference room.  The conference room is used 50% of the time for video conference and so needs a relatively high, even light level with minimal shadows for that use.  There is a conference table down the center of the room and a video screen at one end of the room.  The ceiling height is 9’6”.  It is up to you to determine the size of your conference room.  Consider the issues of viewing the screen, comfort for the people in the room, and the appearance of both the fixture and the people around the table.  Your pendant should use energy-efficient lamps, such as fluorescent, LED, or other light sources with good color rendering and long life. The ballast or power supply should be integral to the fixture.  Self-ballasted lamps and other retrofit lamps that fit into incandescent screw base sockets are not acceptable.  Identify all major components and materials.


First Place Winner 2011
Basar Erdener
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, New York

Second Place Winner 2011
and Citation for
Technical Achievement
Kate Sweater
Lighting Research
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, New York

Third Place Winner 2011
Trevor K. Call
Interior Design
Utah State University
Logan, Utah

Citation for
Innovative Concept 2011
April White
Interior Design
Ringling College of Art + Design
Sarasota, Florida


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