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Competition to Design a collection of outdoor solar lights

Desall-Shzn-Lead-Opto_1200x1200_LESS-1-MB.jpg Competition to Design a collection of outdoor solar lights

Shenzhen Lead Opto – Technology invites you to design a collection of solar outdoor lamps dedicated to home courtyards, characterized by a great attention to detail and innovation.


For the correct realization of your proposals, keep into consideration the following guidelines:

Product typology: you are invited to design a collection of 3 innovative low-power solar outdoor lamps, consisting of 1 wall lamp and 2 lamps of other typologies, including for example: external garage lights, column lights, garden lights, others at your discretion. With no need to be attached to the power grid, the lamps might be installed and freely moved by the consumer, also opening the possibility to cover a wider area in the courtyard and annexed outdoor space, by employing several lamps (even more than 3), creating a customizable illuminated area.

Functionalities: the lamps will be powered by solar panels – embedded in the design – that will allow the consumer to install and reposition the lamps where most needed. In support to its basic functionalities, the lamps you design will be equipped with motion detector (Smart PIR sensor) and might also include other technologies at your discretion, in other to expand their functionalities (see Technologies paragraph below).

Size: there are no specific indications for the size of your lamps, provided they are in line with the current market offer of low-power solar lamps. For the size of your lamps, take into consideration also the approximate size of the solar panel you are going to include, based on the watt output, ranging from 1 to 10 watts (you may refer to same output solar panels already available on the market). Please refer to the Material files for some examples and some further info on the main components.

Materials and production technologies: the lamps shall be designed with a view to their industrialization and keeping into consideration mass production technologies (for ex. injection moulding, etc.). They shall be mainly made of ABS plastics (main body) and PC (poly carbonate) for the transparent surfaces. At your discretion, the possibility to also use some metal (or other suitable materials) components. As outdoor lamps, they must be dust and water sprays resistant, ideally fully compliant with IP54 requirement (optional/nice to have).

Technologies: the lamps you design shall be equipped with:
– Solar panel: its power will be between 1 to 10 watts, depending on the expected luminescence output; its shape can be square, round, trapezoidal or other regular shapes. Its surface will be rigid, so it cannot be bent.
– Battery: from 1 to 4 lithium batteries, depending on the lamp power (more info in the Material files ).
– Smart PIR Sensor: motion detector, shaped as a half sphere.
At your discretion the possibility to include other technologies to make the lamps even smarter. The lamps must be perceived as smart products, so the innovation you suggest plays an important role in the brief.

Style and shapes: the 3 lamps of your collection shall have the same family feeling, sharing a common design code. They shall be designed with a great attention to detail and aesthetics, drawing inspiration from a minimal and modern style. You are free to suggest the shapes you prefer, ideally suggesting compact volumes, based on your design concept. Their aesthetics shall be one of the distinctive traits that make them stand out from other competitor products (see Inspiration tab to learn more about the current market).

Target: the lamps are for outdoor use only and shall be specifically designed for home courtyards and family consumers.

Values to convey: the lamps you design shall be perceived as smart, technological and Eco-friendly products. They shall match the target customer expectations, ideally meeting their lifestyle and emotional needs.

Deliverables: upload all the images that better present your collection (3 different lamps, 1 wall lamp and 2 other typologies), providing 3D renderings, descriptions and other materials at your discretion. For a better evaluation of your project, please also include 3D CAD files in a .ZIP archive to attach from the upload page. The archive may contain additional materials (high-res images, PDFs, etc.).

Evaluation criteria: in the evaluation of your submissions the Sponsor will take into account the following criteria:
Degree of Innovation (5/5)
Aesthetics (5/5)
Usability (4/5)
Reaching target customer (4/5)
Technical feasibility (3/5)

Short Description

Shenzhen Lead Opto – Technology and Desall invite you to design a new collection of outdoor solar lights.



Link to Competition

Link to Registration form


1st Award Eur 5000 (Each additional award – if any – Eur 3500)

Type of Competition

Open to the public/Minimum requirements (Open to anyone that complies with the requirements), Single stage (Winners selected immediately)

Who can Participate

Open to anyone

Dates and Time Frame

Registration Opens April 9, 2020
Registration Closes June 9, 2020
Deadline to Submit Project June 9, 2020
Winners announcement Date August 8, 2020


English, Other

Location of Competition


Location of Project (if developed)


Additional Information

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