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Light Middle East Awards

The Light Middle East Awards is here to showcase the brilliance in architectural lighting and design.

On the 25th of September, the 6th Light Middle East Awards took place amidst the luxurious setting of the Hilton Hotel, Al Habtoor City. Over 600 of the Lighting Industry professional got together to celebrate their peers across 6 product and 7 project categories.

Congratulations to all the winners!

2018 Light Middle East Awards winners

Outdoor lighting Product of the Year : This category celebrates the product that utilizes innovative technologies to provide high-value, high-performance outdoor lighting solutions.

Indoor lighting Product of the Year : This category recognizes the product that utilises innovative technologies to produce high-value, high-performance indoor lighting solutions, etc.

Connected Lighting Innovation of the Year : This category appreciates innovation that includes all visible light communication, IoT, Li-fi, IP-based systems, data management and smart city technologies.

Decorative Wall Lighting Product of the Year : This category recognizes the product that utilises specific designs to add ambient lighting in a variety of spaces to turn a flat wall into something decorative.

Decorative Chandelier of the Year : This category celebrates the product that provides a decorative light fixture mounted on ceilings for indoor design lighting requirements.

Decorative Table Lamp of the Year : This category recognizes the product that utilises unusual contemporary designs as an accessory for indoor decorative requirements.

Hotel Lighting Project of the Year : This category is aimed at the interior and exterior lighting design of the Hotel that best incorporates lighting as part of the scheme (i.e. how the light works with the materials and finishes and the different moods it creates within the space) and whose exterior lighting is carefully designed with regard to placement, intensity, timing, duration and color – controlling light pollutions and preserving the night sky, etc.

Restaurant / Bar Lighting Project of the Year : This category is aimed at interior and exterior lighting design of standalone Restaurants, Bars, Lounges that emphasise the space designs and features, creating a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere, etc.

Entertainment and Leisure Lighting Project of the Year : This category is amied at the scheme that manages to transform the mood of customers and illuminate the unique façade, architecture and structure of the of all types of leisure and entertainment buildings such as sports facilities, stadia, theatres, cinemas, theme parks and museums.

Retail Lighting Project of the Year : This category is aimed at the outlet whose lighting is best used as a tool to create experiences which influence consumers mood and behavior in commercial spaces from food to fashion.

Workplace Lighting Project of the Year : This category appreciates all types of workplaces from Offices, Education and healthcare where the lighting is people- and task-orientated.

Public Realm & Landscape Lighting Project of the Year : This category is aimed at promoting excellence in lighting design and illumination in rich and diverse qualities of exteriors, heritage buildings and spaces open to public.

Retrofit Lighting Project of the Year : This category is aimed at projects that incorporated advanced energy-saving and environmentally responsible retrofit solutions, with the usage of quality products to minimize energy consumption and impact on the environment, in a government building, Hotel, Retail or Leisure facility in the Middle East.

Daylight Project of the Year : This category recognizes projects that are defined by their imaginative and innovative use of combining abundant natural light with an exciting and efficient artificial lighting scheme.

Light Art Project of the Year : This category appreciates temporary and permanent Art installations, productions, media architecture which transforms the perception of a given space making it attractive but also adding a value added wow effect using light as the essential design element and the fundamental construction material.

Low Budget Project of the Year : This category recognizes value engineering, aesthetically pleasing craftsmanship and customized solutions creating the right ambiance and perception for a project with an equipment value of under USD 50,000.

International Lighting Project of the Year : This category is aimed at exceptional lighting design for an iconic project with excellent aesthetic design, with the usage of quality lighting products with latest technology, etc.

Light Middle East Personality of the Year : The person who has made an outstanding contribution to the lighting industry 2018-19 in terms of milestone, creativity, innovation, technology and education.

Categories

The Light Middle East Awards has 9 project and 6 product categories, each highlighting the importance of lighting design.

Innovative Lighting Project of the year This category is aimed at projects with a unique concept, out of the box thinking, excellent aesthetic design, with the usage of quality products with latest technology project that best shows an innovative achievement of creative and unusual lighting, etc.

Hotel Lighting Project of the Year This category is aimed at the interior and exterior lighting design of the Hotel that best incorporates lighting as part of the scheme (i.e. how the light works with the materials and finishes and the different moods it creates within the space) and whose exterior lighting is carefully designed with regard to placement, intensity, timing, duration and color – controlling light pollutions and preserving the night sky, etc.

Restaurant / Bar Lighting Project of the Year This category is aimed at interior and exterior lighting design of standalone Restaurants, Bars, Lounges that emphasise the space designs and features, creating a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere, etc.

Entertainment and Leisure Lighting Project of the year This category is amied at the scheme that manages to transform the mood of customers and illuminate the unique façade, architecture and structure of the project, etc.

Retail Lighting Project of the Year This category is amied at the outlet whose lighting is best used as a tool to create experiences which influence consumers mood and behavior in commercial spaces, etc.

Exterior Lighting Project of the Year This category recognizes excellence in not only the lighting design but in the usage in all aspects of exterior lighting, etc.

Public Lighting Project of the Year This category recognises excellence in the Lighting design of Universities, Place of Worship, Streetscape, Hospitals, Museums, Parks & Theme Parks, Sports Facilities, Airports, Ports, Stadia, Theatres, Metro Stations, Facades, Monuments etc. , that delivers best in both natural and artificial illumination: light and surface, light and texture, light and pattern, light and color and most importantly, light and human activity, etc. 

Sustainable Lighting Project of the Year
This category is aimed at projects that incorporate advanced energy-saving and environmentally responsible solutions, with the usage of quality products with minimum energy consumption and minimum impact on the environment, etc. 

International Lighting Project of the year This category is aimed at exceptional lighting design for an iconic project with excellent aesthetic design, with the usage of quality lighting products with latest technology, etc.

Architectural Lighting Product Category
 
- Innovative Lighting Product of the year: This category recognizes the product that utilises innovative technologies to produce high-value, high-performance lighting solutions, etc.

- Outdoor lighting product of the Year: This category celebrates the product that provides high-performance, professional caliber outdoor lighting solutions for outdoor lighting requirements,    etc.

Indoor lighting product of the Year: This category recognizes the product that utilises innovative technologies to produce high-value, high-performance indoor lighting solutions, etc.

Decorative Lighting Product Category

- Decorative Wall Lighting product of the year: This category recognizes the product that utilizes specific designs to add ambient lighting in a variety of spaces to turn a flat wall into something decorative.

- Decorative Chandelier of the year: This category celebrates the product that provides a decorative light fixture mounted on ceilings for indoor design lighting requirements

- Decorative Table Lamp of the year: This category recognizes the product that utilizes unusual contemporary designs as an accessory for indoor decorative requirements.

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  • The Light Middle East Awards are recognized by the industry and through these awards, your effort and success acquires international coverage and build global associations.
  • Receive high profile national recognition and showcase your work to an international audience
  • Winners will be able to access the reach of a global network where you will receive global and domestic coverage
  • Ultimately, winning the award will set you apart from the competition and enable you to attract new business and talent

How to submit your nomination:

Step 1: Choose the category you wish to enter (you can enter a project/product into more than one category)
Step 2: Complete the online nomination form
Step 3: Upload the photos and write-ups about your submission

Judging process & judges

Light Middle East Awards follows 2-3 rounds of shortlisting processes. To maintain the   transparency and integrity of the Light Middle East Awards, any jury member submitting their company project is not allowed to vote for the entire category. Here’s the process:

Round 1:

  • All the entries are reviewed and evaluated online by the jury team
  • Maximum 7 top scoring entries from each category are shortlisted for Round 2 through the online voting system

Round 2/Final Meeting:

  • The jury team meets to re-evaluate each nomination. Another round of scoring takes place during this meeting.
  • Should the judges deem necessary, they will conduct a site inspection of the project before the final judging process.
  • All shortlisted product entries will be required to send in samples of their entries which the judges will test during the final judging day.
  • The product samples are also evaluated during this meeting
  • Final results are collected from the jury

2018 Judging Panel

Project Jury Team

Martin Valentine

Martin Valentine

Global Design Director, Ligman Lighting

Benjamin Heydon

Benjamin Heydon

Public Realm Consultant, Abu Dhabi Municipality

Diane Thorsen

Diane Thorsen

Design Director, Principal, Perkins+Will

Shaun O'Mahoney

Shaun O'Mahoney

Director, Black & White Engineering

Hrvoje Cindric

Hrvoje Cindric

Associate, Arup

Jameel Abu Shuqair

Jameel Abu Shuqair

Director, New Hotels – Design MEA, Intercontinental Hotels Group

Tariq Khayat

Tariq Khayat

Senior Associate - Head of Middle East, Zaha Hadid

Dara Towhidi

Dara Towhidi

Partner, Foster + Partners

Isabel Pintado

Isabel Pintado

Senior Vice President, Regional Managing Director, MEA, Wilson Associates

Henry Duck

Henry Duck

Senior Associate CMLI, The Vero Studio

Armin Buchbinder

Armin Buchbinder

Head of Design, Brewer Smith Brewer Gulf (BSBG)

Duncan Denley

Duncan Denley

Managing Director, desert INK

Product Jury Team

David McNeil

David McNeil

Director, dpa lighting consultants

Ziad Fattouh

Ziad Fattouh

Managing Partner & Senior Principal, Delta Lighting

Bill Johnson

Bill Johnson

Director, CD+M Lighting Design Group

Paul Miles

Paul Miles

Principal lighting Designer & Partner, Light Touch PLD

Siddarth Mathur

Siddarth Mathur

Design Director, Studio Lumen

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