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

MDL001. Agricultural Lighting
MDL002. Ambient Lighting
MDL003. Architectural Lighting
MDL004. Automotive Lighting
MDL005. Bathroom Lighting
MDL006. Ceiling Lights
MDL007. Cove Lighting
MDL008. Deck & Step Lights
MDL009. Decorative Lamps
MDL010. Designer / Custom Lighting
MDL011. Desk Lamps / Floor Lamps
MDL012. Energy-Saving Lighting
MDL013. Entertainment Lighting
MDL014. Facade Lighting
MDL015. Flush Lights
MDL016. Hanging Lamps / Lights
MDL017. Healthcare Lighting
MDL018. Illuminated Ceilings
MDL019. Illuminated Home Decor
MDL020. Innovative Lighting Design
MDL021. Interactive Lighting Products
MDL022. Landscape Lighting
MDL023. Lanterns & Torch Lights
MDL024. LED Lighting Products
MDL025. Lighting Control Systems
MDL026. Mood Lighting
MDL027. Neon Lighting
MDL028. Pendant Lighting
MDL029. Portable Lamps
MDL030. Post Lanterns
MDL031. Solar Lighting
MDL032. Solid State Lighting
MDL033. Spotlights
MDL034. Street Lighting
MDL035. Sustainable Lighting
MDL036. Theater Lighting
MDL037. Track Lighting
MDL038. Wall Lighting
MDL039. Art (Interior & Exterior Lighting)
MDL040. Event & Exhibition (Interior Lighting)
MDL041. Healthcare Facilities (Interior Lighting)
MDL042. Hotels & Hospitality (Interior Lighting)
MDL043. Institutional (Interior Lighting)
MDL044. Cultural & Historical Buildings (Interior Lighting)
MDL045. Offices & Spaces (Interior Lighting)
MDL046. Restaurants (Interior Lighting)
MDL047. Retail & Commercial (Interior Lighting)
MDL000. 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.
Entry Period Early Bird
(Apr 23 - May 14, 2020)
(May 15 - Jun 17, 2020)
(Jun 18 - Sep 23, 2020)
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.