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The SOURCE Awards

For more than 40 years, the SOURCE Awards have recognized the best and brightest in lighting design.


The SOURCE Awards competition focuses on furthering the understanding, knowledge and function of lighting as a primary element in design. Designed to recognize and honor the bright future of the lighting design industry, the awards are part of Eaton’s commitment to building the pipeline of lighting design talent.

The SOURCE Awards are open to students who use Eaton’s lighting fixtures and controls products in a conceptual interior or exterior lighting design. University students studying architecture, design, engineering or related disciplines are invited to enter.

Past entry applications have included commercial offices, retail stores, galleries, museums, libraries, banks, restaurants, convention centers, entertainment facilities and residences.

Projects are judged on:

  • The blending of aesthetics and creative achievement
  • How Eaton’s lighting and controls products are used in conceptual spaces

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Student Awards:

  • Grand Prize: $2,000
  • Up to Five Honorable Mention Prizes: $500 each
    • Examples of potential honorable mention awards include creativity, best use of natural light, controls integration, energy efficiency and customization
  • Special Award of Recognition: Trophy
    • Awarded at judges’ discretion

Since its inception, the SOURCE Awards lighting design competition has granted nearly $1 million to winners as well as industry-wide recognition for their efforts.

Submission Form

The entry process for the 42nd annual SOURCE Awards competition is now open. The deadline for submission is February 25, 2019.