DIT graduate first-ever Irish winner at prestigious lighting competition

Kenneth Winters, graduate of DIT's Certificate/Diploma in Electrical Services Engineering (DT 244), recently became the first-ever Irish winner at the Society of Light and Lighting's Young Lighter of the Year Competition. Kenneth won the Written Paper Category based on his paper 'Lighting Design in Galleries' at the finals of the internationally renowned Competition in London on the 6th April.

 
Pictured: Kenneth Winters,
first-ever Irish winner at the
Young Lighter of the Year Competition

According to Kevin Kelly, Department of Electrical Services Engineering, "Ken's success is due not only to his innovative design ability but also his excellent communication and problem solving skills. The profile of DIT as an educator in lighting has been raised by Ken's success. It has also highlighted DIT as the centre of excellence in lighting education in Ireland."

Kenneth's paper covered a vast subject area that required a lot of research. The paper looks at topics such as the Design of Artificial Lighting, Daylighting, Daylighting Controls and the prevention and decay of lighting, which is a major issue with Art Gallery Lighting. As part of his prize Kenneth won a trip to tour the global headquarters of ERCO Lighting Ltd in Lüdenscheid, Germany; giving him a valuable chance to view a lighting manufacturing and research facility.

Kenneth formerly won the Lighting Design Award at the Inaugural DIT/ Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Student Award Ceremony last October. He works for Buro Happold in Dublin and was part of the design team that designed the Hugh Lane gallery in Dublin. Ken is also a student member of CIBSE.

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