Lighting Design

Lighting Design of The Year

Lighting matters, because it is one of the most important aspects in design. Affecting the mood, emotion and feel, a single source of illumination can help enhance and elevate your designs to a whole new level.

We want to see the best lighting implementers in the world, from a stylish set of lamps that can help to lighten the room, to the finest chandeliers that shimmers under the morning light. We believe that intuition, creative instincts and innovative designs are what makes lighting so powerful as a design.

We are honored to celebrate the innovations and inventiveness of these lightning specialists whose works are well within the realms of excellence. Join us today.

Lighting Design categories

LT21001. Agricultural Lighting
LT21002. Ambient Lighting
LT21003. Architectural Lighting
LT21004. Automotive Lighting
LT21005. Bathroom Lighting
LT21006. Built-In Lighting (NEW)
LT21007. Ceiling Lights
LT21008. Chandeliers (NEW)
LT21009. Cove Lighting
LT21010. Deck & Step Lights
LT21011. Decorative Lamps / Lighting
LT21012. Designer / Custom Lighting
LT21013. Desk Lamps
LT21014. Downlights (NEW)
LT21015. Dynamic Lighting (NEW)
LT21016. Emergency Lighting (NEW)
LT21017. Energy-Saving Lighting
LT21018. Entertainment Lighting
LT21019. Facade Lighting
LT21020. Floodlighting (NEW)
LT21021. Floor Lamps
LT21022. Flush Lights
LT21023. Guidance Systems (NEW)
LT21024. Hanging Lamps / Lights
LT21025. Healthcare Lighting
LT21026. Illuminated Ceilings
LT21027. Illuminated Home Decor
LT21028. Innovative Lighting Design
LT21029. Interactive Lighting Products
LT21030. Landscape Lighting
LT21031. Lanterns & Torch Lights
LT21032. LED Lighting Products
LT21033. Light Bulbs & Tubes (NEW)
LT21034. Lighting Control Systems
LT21035. Mobile Lighting (NEW)
LT21036. Mood Lighting
LT21037. Neon Lighting
LT21038. Outdoor Lamps / Lighting (NEW)
LT21039. Pendant Lighting
LT21040. Portable Lamps
LT21041. Post Lanterns
LT21042. Reading Lamps (NEW)
LT21043. Retail Lighting (NEW)
LT21044. Solar Lighting
LT21045. Solid State Lighting
LT21046. Special Purpose Lighting (NEW)
LT21047. Spotlights
LT21048. Street Lighting
LT21049. Sustainable Lighting
LT21050. Theater Lighting
LT21051. Track Lighting
LT21052. Wall Lamps / Lighting
LT21053. Art (Interior & Exterior Lighting)
LT21054. Event & Exhibition (Interior Lighting)
LT21055. Healthcare Facilities (Interior Lighting)
LT21056. Hotels & Hospitality (Interior Lighting)
LT21057. Institutional (Interior Lighting)
LT21058. Cultural & Historical Buildings (Interior Lighting)
LT21059. Offices & Spaces (Interior Lighting)
LT21060. Restaurants (Interior Lighting)
LT21061. Retail & Commercial (Interior Lighting)
LT21062. Other Lighting Design

Deadlines & Fees

Architects, builders, contractors, developers, engineers, business owners are encouraged to submit work that is in prototype or complete*. Winners are determined by one entry, and not an entire body of work, so careful selection should be observed.
2021 Entry Period Early Bird
(Oct 15 - Dec 17, 2020)
(Dec 18, 2020 - Jan 21, 2021)
(Jan 22 - Feb 25, 2021)
PROFESSIONAL 1st ENTRY $169 $179 $199
ADDITIONAL ENTRY $169 $179 $199

* You may submit an entry into multiple categories at the same time. The first Category will be charged as per the original submission fee. Additional categories (2 or more) will be charged as such.

Rather than increase the fee for each entry, fees are only charged in order to cover administrative costs like printing, mailing and data organization. For this reason, each participant is charged a flat $30 administration fee. When all participants pay the same low fee, those submitting more than one entry will actually pay less than if fees were on a sliding scale.

Work submitted must have been created within the last 5 years.

Prizes and recognition

The Winner of the Lighting Design of the Year award receives a complimentary, limited-edition of the prestigious MUSE statuette and certificate. Winning works will be highlighted on the main page of the MUSE Design Awards website, and published on all of its social media platforms for a full year.

In addition, Platinum, Gold and Silver winners will receive a complimentary certificate, personalized press release, as well as graphic downloads for use in promotions. Winners in these categories may choose to purchase their respective MUSE statuette for a reasonable fee. All winning designs are featured in the MUSE World online media platforms.


Sleek, limited edition statuettes to signify your crowning achievement


Showcase your winning work with a published interview you complete with our convenient release form


Promote your achievement on correspondence, social media, websites, and more


Reputation-building endorsement personalized for you, and suitable for framing


Take your place in our "hall of fame" by adding your name to the pantheon of winners


Build success with promotional coverage on our high-visibility website and press releases

submission details

Submit your entry online in four easy steps:

1. Tap the "Submit Entries" button to register your user name and password. If you are already a member, tap "Log In."

2. Complete the short online entry form. Don't forget you can enter each work in more than one category.

3. Upload your entry (Image, PDF, URL) to the site.

4. Check out to file your entry fees.

Image Limits; Up to ten images in JPEG and one PDF can be uploaded per entry. For easy results, ensure images are formatted as JPEG/PNG, 1000px, and no larger than 4MB. Please save PDFs in "Screen View", limited to 6 pages per entry, or 4MB in size.

Submissions should be as detailed as possible. For example, architectural submissions should include small-scale site plans for context, and images of all sides of the building and its environment. A complex of buildings should include a rendering. Restorations and remodels should include images of the site "before and after."

Submissions can be entered as concepts, completed, or works in process. Completed projects may not be older than five years.

Limit written descriptions of your project to 350 words or less.