Cypress, CA (PRWEB) June 12, 2014
Seoul Semiconductor was proud to sponsor the attendance of talented young lighting designers at Lightfair International this year. Chase Henriksen, Dylan Laufenberg and Amanda Saeteun were the winners of the 10th Annual Luminaire Design Competition at the University of California, Davis. Seoul Semiconductor sponsored the competition and awarded the winners an opportunity to show manufactured versions of their luminaire designs on the trade show floor of the world’s largest annual lighting conference.
“Lightfair was an amazing experience,” says Saetune “It connected me to designers, engineers, and representatives from the industry. I learned a tremendous amount about current LED technology and received some very useful feedback on my luminaire design. Most of all, I made connections with industry leaders.”
Laufenberg described his first experience at Lightfair with equal enthusiasm: “It was amazing to see so much of the lighting industry under one roof! I was also able to interview with potential employers throughout North America. I am so thankful for this incredible experience. I left Lightfair inspired to pursue a career in lighting design and to bring my luminaire designs to market!”
“It was a great experience having the CLTC design competition winners in our Lightfair booth this year,” says Megan Silkman Smith, marketing manager of Seoul Semiconductor, North America. “The student’s high energy, hard work and beautifully perfected luminaire designs drew people in to learn more about the CLTC/Seoul partnership. It was great to see the interactions the students had with show attendees and prospective employers and colleagues.”
“It is exciting to see the students experiencing their first professional conference,” agrees Kelly Cunningham, CLTC outreach director, who also attended the conference with the students. “This is a wonderful opportunity, and we are grateful to Seoul Semiconductor for making it possible.”
The trip to Lightfair is the culmination of the students’ work with state-of-the-art lighting technologies and everything they learn in the Designing with Light course (DES 136B), taught by UC Davis Professor Michael Siminovitch. This year’s students were tasked with designing and developing functional and aesthetically appealing luminaire prototypes for outdoor pathways. Seoul Semiconductor provided the class with the LED modules they used in their outdoor luminaires. Each student was provided with an energy-efficient LED module that was manufactured by Solistar (formerly LEDLab) using Seoul Semiconductor LEDs and components.
Seoul Semiconductor’s Acrich2 AC-LED modules can be easily connected directly to AC line power with no driver or ballast, and they are available in a variety of form factors and light output levels. Solistar designed this custom Acrich2 module to be easily integrated into energy-efficient lighting projects. The modules’ compact design allows them to be used in areas with space constraints and enables cost-effective installation, as the modules can fit in a standard electrical J-box. A unique cooling system extends the life of the modules for maintenance-free lighting that lasts for more than 60,000 hours.
“This is an invaluable opportunity for students to engage in the industrial design process while working with next-generation lighting technologies,” says Siminovitch. “We want to thank Seoul Semiconductor for investing in the designers, engineers and architects of the future.”
During their time in the classroom at UC Davis’s California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC), Professor Siminovitch’s students experienced the entire industrial design process, from conceptualization to full-scale modeling. In addition to lectures and activities on lighting design principles, Professor Siminovitch’s approach to teaching incorporates lessons designed to give students pre-professional experience, from developing their portfolios to obtaining patents and pitching to prospective clients.
Students presented their final class projects on March 13 to a panel of judges that included representatives from Seoul Semiconductor, Solistar and Borden Lighting, as well as Professor Siminovitch and other professionals from the lighting industry. Placing in the top five, Ho-Yin Mok and Jonathan Hoolko both received Honorable Mention awards for their excellent designs.
Attendance at Lightfair has given the winners of this year’s competition valuable opportunities to meet industry experts and explore job opportunities at a time when many graduates are struggling to transition between the pre-professional and professional worlds. Winners of past competitions have embarked on careers in architecture, lighting design, and other design fields, many finding positions immediately after graduation. The Annual Luminaire Design Competition is one way UC Davis’s private-public partnerships benefit both students and sustainable design industries.
About Seoul Semiconductor
Seoul Semiconductor (SeoulSemicon.com) manufactures and packages a wide selection of light emitting diodes (LEDs) for the automotive, general illumination/lighting, appliance, signage, and back lighting markets. The company is the world’s fifth largest LED supplier, holding more than 10,000 patents globally, while offering a wide range of LED technology and production capacity in areas such as "Acrich" the world’s first semiconductor light source that operates directly from both AC and DC power supplies, "Acrich MJT - Multi-Junction Technology," a proprietary family of high-voltage LEDs, “nPola”, and deep UV LEDs . The company’s broad product portfolio includes a wide array of package and device choices such as AC LED Modules, high-brightness LEDs, mid-power LEDs, chip-on-board LED arrays, side-view LEDs, through-hole type LED lamps, custom displays, and sensors.
Solistar, formerly LEDLab, (Solistar.com) is a startup company founded by Scott Clifford who has spent the last 20 years in the LED industry as an engineer and entrepreneur. Solistar is committed to continuously challenging the engineering, innovation and creative process of creating LED light systems in order to deliver lights that enrich customers’ lives. Solistar has a unique patent-pending fan cooling system to remove the heat generated by LEDs, resulting in a longer-lasting, higher-quality light.
The California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) is a not-for-profit research and development facility dedicated to advancing energy-efficient lighting and daylighting innovations. CLTC is part of the Department of Design at the University of California, Davis. The center conducts research, prototype development, product testing, field demonstrations, and case studies of new and emerging lighting technologies. CLTC collaborates with designers, manufacturers, utilities, government agencies, and others on a variety of projects. Find out more at cltc.ucdavis.edu.
About UC Davis
For more than 100 years, UC Davis has been one place where people are bettering humanity and our natural world while seeking solutions to some of our most pressing challenges. Located near the state capital, UC Davis has more than 33,000 students, over 2,500 faculty and more than 21,000 staff, an annual research budget of over $750 million, a comprehensive health system and 13 specialized research centers. The university offers interdisciplinary graduate study and more than 100 undergraduate majors in four colleges — Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Engineering, and Letters and Science. It also houses six professional schools — Education, Law, Management, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing.