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Concept for Light Boosting Metro Car wins SLL Young Lighter 2019

Lighting Designer, Anna Wawrzyniak was named SLL Young Lighter 2019 at the Lux Awards, with her project, ‘A Light Booster Metro Car for the Commuting Workforce: Human Centric Lighting in Underground Transportation.’


Anna Wawrzyniak receives SLL Young Lighter 2019 from SLL President Elect, Bob Bohannon (right)

Anna studied the MSc in Architectural Lighting Design at KTH Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm and now works as a Lighting Designer at Peter Andres Lichtplanung in Hamburg. Anna was one of four finalists, each required to deliver their final presentations in front of an audience of industry peers at LuxLive 2019. The other finalists were Fatemeh Dastgheib, Lighting Designer and Women in Lighting Ambassador for Iran; Melissa Kennedy, Graduate Lighting Designer at WSP; and Nils Voerste, Lighting Designer and master’s student at Bauhaus-Universit├Ąt Weimar.

The judges commented that the quality of entries from the initial entry stage, throughout the competition was exceedingly high. All the finalists received a cash prize, along with a year's free membership of the Society.

Watch all four finalists' video presentations

Within her concept, Anna sought to challenge two circumstances of modern life; increasing levels of urbanisation and a deficit of daylight exposure among office workers. Anna’s initial research considered the effects of short exposure, intensity, directionality, and timing. Following this, Anna observed commuter behaviour, with support from Hamburg’s local transport provider Hochbahn. Using the results from her research and observations, Anna was able to form design principles, using dimensions for a single car in the latest Hochbahn metro fleet.

Prior to peak commuter hours, the light system would run in a default mode. As the morning rush hour begins, higher luminance levels are used, along with supplementary blue light to assist in the suppression of melatonin. In contrast the afternoon/evening rush hour sees a warmer colour temperatures and lower luminance with red light used on the lower half of the car to raise alertness, with minimal influence on passenger’s circadian rhythms.

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the competition, previous winners and senior members of the Society reviewed the 2019 entry criteria, ensuring that the competition was open to anyone with an interest in light and lighting. The competition is designed to test not just the finalists’ ability to develop a lighting project, but also their presentation skills – an important soft skill that can make a big difference in the effectiveness of communicating and implementing theoretical ideas on a lighting design project.

The competition provides a unique platform for young lighters and is open for all to enter, allowing entrants to illustrate their knowledge and research on a lighting subject, hone their presentation skills, and raise their profile within the industry.

Previous winners include, Seda Kacel, Christopher Knowlton, Sabine De Schutter, Rachael Nicholls, Janna Aronson, Youmna Abdallah, Sofia Tolia, Matt Hanbury and the 2018 Young Lighter, Emma Beadle.