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SLL Young Lighter of the Year

Sofia Tolia wins SLL Young Lighter of the Year 2016

Lighting engineer Sofia Tolia has been named Young Lighter of the Year 2016 for her work on energy saving in road lighting, at the 22nd Society of Light and Lighting (SLL) Young Lighter of the Year competition.


Sofia Tolia delivers her final presentation at LuxLive 2016

The winning paper, entitled ‘Variable Lighting Levels for Highways - A Different Approach’, was delivered in a 15 minute presentation alongside three other finalists in front of judges at the awards ceremony, during the LuxLive exhibition in London’s EXCEL.

The Young Lighter of the Year competition provides a high profile opportunity to help promote younger members of the lighting profession.

You can see all four finalists for this year's competition below;



Eleonora Brembilla with her paper, Applicability of Climate-based Daylight Modelling



James Duff with his paper, A Journey Towards Change



Aisha Robinson with her paper, A Visible Light Communication Scheme for Use in Accent Lighting




Sofia Tolia with her paper, Variable Lighting Levels for Highways - A Different Approach

The final presentations was held on 24 November 2016, from 10:30am in the Lux Arena at LuxLive. The Young Lighter of the Year was then announced at the Lux Awards on the evening of 24 November.

You can see the video presentation from all of the shortlisted entries below;

Aisha Robinson - A Visible Light Communication Scheme for Use in Accent Lighting



Aliz Sanduj - Chaotic Order, Ordered Chaos



Cashel Brown - Lighting Festivals and their Role in Urban Economies and Design



Eleonora Brembilla - Applicability of Climate-based Daylight Modelling



James Duff - A Journey Towards Change



Rebecca Hodge - Human Centric Lighting



Sofia Tolia - Variable Lighting Levels for Highways - A Different Approach



View the official 2016 Young Lighter of the Year flyer

Each year, entry is open to anyone with an interest in light and lighting, and the Society is encouraging all to participate.

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

Once announced, each finalist will give their 15 minute presentation to a full audience at LuxLive on 24 November 2016. All of the finalists receive a cash prize, along with a year's free membership of the Society.

By entering, you have an opportunity to join previous winners including Seda Kacel, Christopher Knowlton, Sabine De Schutter, Rachael Nicholls, Janna Aronson and the current Young Lighter of the Year, Youmna Abdallah with the prestigious title of Young Lighter of the Year. 

In 2015 Youmna Abdallah impressed the judges with her presentation and paper, Light Poverty in Precarious Environments within Developing Countries during the LuxLive exhibition, London ExCel Centre, on Thursday 19 November 2015.


SLL Young Lighter of the Year, Youmna Abdallah with SLL President, Liz Peck and LET Chair, Bob Venning

Other finalists included Inessa Demidova (GIA Equation) who won the Best Presentation Award for Practical Implementation of Circadian Lighting in Office Environments, Christina H├ębert (Nulty+) with her paper, A Symbol of Urban Identity and Zeynep Keskin with her paper, Daylight and Seating Preference in Open-Plan Spaces. Youmna also won the Best Written Paper. These categories were judged by the Lighting Education Trust (LET), who also provided the cash prizes.



Youmna Abdallah - Light Poverty in Precarious Environments within Developing Countries