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LEDVANCE Supports UC Davis Annual Design Competition with Donations

WILMINGTON, Mass. – LEDVANCE, the maker of SYLVANIA general lighting in the United States and Canada, is supporting this year’s annual LED design competition at UC Davis Department of Design with the latest in SYLVANIA SMART+™ lighting.  Design students at UC Davis are developing and prototyping actual luminaries that use these controllable LED sources to explore issues associated with optics, color control, and human interface design.

To experiment with in their luminaire design project, LEDVANCE has donated the following to the class:

  • ZigBee®-based SYLVANIA SMART+ Indoor Flex Strips Full Color that are controlled via the OSRAM LIGHTIFY® Gateway, and
  • HomeKit™-enabled SYLVANIA SMART+ Bluetooth® Full Color Flex Strips that are controlled with an Apple® device like an iPhone® or iPad® directly using Bluetooth via Siri® and Apple’s Home app.

The annual lighting design competition focuses on the development of LED luminaires as a product design and prototyping experience for undergraduates at UC Davis.  This design class introduces learning experiences associated with advanced technology, prototyping, and the development and testing of LED luminaire products.  The annual design competition culminates in a final presentation hosted at the California Lighting Technology Center and attended by a cross-section of leading designers and architects in the lighting profession as judges.  The winner of this design competition will unveil their winning product at an exclusive media event at LIGHTFAIR® International, the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference taking place in May in Chicago. 

The annual LED design competition is being taught by Professor Michael Siminovitch, Rosenfeld chair in the Department of Design at UC Davis.  “The new color change LEDs and control systems that LEDVANCE is providing allow our students to be introduced to the very newest technologies in the design marketplace.  These are the future lighting designers, architects and engineers, and they’re better prepared through this process of innovation and industry involvement with our department,” said Siminovitch.

“One of the great things about being a part of this annual design competition is seeing the student design work which is always innovative and exciting.  The ideas, optics and product design process that these young designers develop helps us in the industry imagine the opportunities for advancing light,” said Christopher Lubeck, head of utility relations, LEDVANCE.

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