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The SOURCE Awards

For nearly 40 years, the SOURCE Awards have recognized the lighting industry’s best and brightest.


Now in its 39th year, the SOURCE Awards competition is open to all lighting designers, architects, engineers, professional designers and consultants who use Eaton's lighting fixtures in an interior or exterior design project. Students currently enrolled in any of these disciplines are also eligible to enter projects based on conceptual lighting designs that utilize Eaton's lighting fixtures; student entries are judged in a separate student category.

The competition requires the primary and predominant use of any or all of the Eaton product lines. In 2016, the competition seeks a creative use of fixtures providing energy-efficient design solutions in addition to standard projects.

Projects are judged on:

  • The blending of aesthetics, creative achievement and technical performance
  • The degree to which the lighting met project constraints and design concept goals

A $2,000 cash award goes to the winning design firm(s), and the student winner is awarded $1,500. There will be no minimum or maximum number of awards given, as each project will be judged on its own merit. Award categories will include: Winner, Honorable Mention and Award of Recognition.

Since its inception, the SOURCE Awards competition has granted more than $600,000 to winners as well as industry-wide recognition for their efforts. Past entry applications have included commercial offices, retail stores, galleries, libraries, banks, restaurants, convention centers, entertainment facilities and residences.

The SOURCE Awards competition was created to further the understanding, knowledge and function of lighting as a primary element in design.

Submission Form

Thank you for your interest. The entry process is now closed. Check back this spring to view professional and student award recipients.