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The SOURCE Awards

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

Professional rules and eligibility

The SOURCE Awards competition is open to all lighting designers, architects, engineers, professional designers and consultants who have used Eaton’s lighting fixtures and lighting control systems in a completed interior or exterior lighting design project.


The competition requires the primary and predominant use of any or all Eaton lighting and controls product lines, which include Halo, Halo Commercial, Metalux, Lumark, Sure-Lites, Neo-Ray, Corelite, Portfolio, IRiS, Shaper, io, Lumière, Invue, McGraw-Edison, Streetworks, Fail-Safe, MWS, RSA, Ametrix, Ephesus, Fifth Light, Greengate, iLumin and Zero 88.


Entries will be judged on the blending of aesthetics, creative achievement and technical performance and on the degree to which the lighting met project constraints and design concept goals.


Installations completed within the past two years (from the due date for the submission) are eligible for submission into the SOURCE Awards competition. The project must not have been submitted previously for this competition. Entries must be received on or before January 30, 2018, to be considered.


Entries must comply with IES guidelines and applicable energy and safety codes. Entries must be submitted via the entry form and must include the following requirements:

  • A “Master Project File” (MPF) in PDF format. This file should include:

    Page one: Company and project information including:

    • - Person Submitting
    • - Firm Name, Address, City, State, Zip, Phone Number and Email
    • - Names of the Design Team
    • - Project Name and Location
    • - Date of Project Completion
    • - Brief Description of Project
    • - Size of Project ($ Value)
    • - Project Square Footage
    • - Unit Power Density (watts per sq. ft. or meter)
    • - Photographer Name and Credit

    Page two: A summary page (250 words maximum) that describes the design concept, challenges, special concerns on the project and the design solution.

    Page three: (up to page 12) Images of the project (up to 10 total images) with descriptions of each image (approximately 50 words each). Within the description, please include types of fixtures (e.g., Portfolio LED downlights) and reasons for selection. Images may include relevant details, drawings and before/after photos. Please include any examples to help describe/present the unique attributes and lighting solutions.

    Final pages: A fixture schedule that clearly indicates the use of Eaton’s lighting and controls products.

  • A separate upload of individual photos/images of the project. Please provide the images (as included in the MPF) in a TIF (TIFF) or JPG (JPEG) format at a minimum of 300 dpi resolution. Images must be labeled with a number and project name.
    Example: 01 Martin Library.jpg

  • A professional quality head shot(s) of the design team members in TIFF or JPEG format (300 dpi min).

* Note: No mention of company names or logo may appear on any part of the presentation except on page one. All entries become property of Eaton. Eaton retains the rights to use all photography for marketing and promotional purposes.

File uploads must not exceed a total combined size of 100MB.

Please direct questions to Karin Martin Communications at (847) 754-5699 or Kmartin41@aol.com.

Thank you for your interest in the SOURCE Awards competition. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us.

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