Eskom Eskom Energy Efficient Student Lighting Competition

Eskom Eskom Energy Efficient Student Lighting Competition

LEADING LIGHTS: Ashley Adami (left) and Minette Maritz (right) won big at the Eskom Energy Efficient Lighting Competition.

Two CPUT students have triumphed at the annual Eskom Energy Efficient Lighting Competition. Ashley Adami and Minette Maritz, both second year Industrial Design students scooped first and second place respectively.

Ashley’s Nimbus Lamp is a structural masterpiece molded out of bamboo and LED lighting while Minette’s Bamboozled light used the same materials in a completely different way.

Students had to design lighting fixtures for residential use and Ashley walked away with R30 000 and a Lenovo 7” Android tablet. Minette won the same tablet and R20 000 prize money. Ashley says the design of her lamp took four weeks while the manufacture took a mere week.

“We had to use light in a sustainable and energy efficient way and also use as little materials as possible in a unique way,” says Ashley.

“Bamboo grows like weeds is relatively cheap and is hardy,” she says.

The Nimbus is so striking that the Scibono Science Museum in Johannesburg is keen to display in for an entire year.

Four CPUT students made it into the finals of the competition and all of them were flown to Johannesburg for the interview and judging process.

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