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Frome College Year 10 students were beaming with talent in this year’s lighting competition. Students studying GCSE Product Design at the College were given a brief by Fiat Lux Lighting Competition sponsors and competition organisers Rotary Club of Frome; to design desk lights and lamp shades to meet a target market of their choice.
Subject leader Brin Newton at College worked closely with Nick Cook, Fiat Lux owner to develop the competition for the students. The idea was to give the students experience with working with a real client and working within commercial constraints.

The students were invited to submit designs base on research they had undertaken and also show further development drawings, the students were judged on their final working light using the full resources of the Design & Technology department.

Competition winner Joe Leesam used the design movement ‘De Stijl’ to laser cut a light pattern based on a modern take on Piet Mondrian. The light was made to a high standard and Nick Cook said “it was very commercial and would be attractive to customers”. In contrast the second prize went to Jess Eardley for her ‘Beach Hut’ design, judges liked the small attention to detail included in her product and thought it would be easy to sell in seaside resorts. Max Gillingham’s third place light was aimed at children’s bedrooms; he got his idea from children’s building blocks with pictures and letters engraved on each side of his light. Made from laser cut pieces each side included a different coloured lens to let the light out. Nick Cook said “he could see the commercial potential of the light if the blocks of light were interchangeable”.

Patrick Cusworth, President of Frome Rotary Club, retired teacher and Head of House from the College commented on the high standard of work and presented the lighting awards with Nick Cook at Fiat Lux Lighting showroom in Bath Road, Frome on Wednesday 15 July. Brin Newton thanked the Rotarians David Gerhardt, Mike Darville and welcomed the competition as one which provides both recognition and motivation to the students.


All three winners received a silver engraved trophy, a cash prize and the winner was also presented with an original classic design Anglepoise lamp from Fiat Lux Lighting. Three runners up Soloman Warsop, Joel O’Connor, Jonathan Waldeck were highly recommended by the judges for their excellent lighting designs.



(In the photo, left to right, Patrick Cusworth from Rotary, Max Gillingham, Jess Eardley, Joe Leesam and Nick cook from Fiat Lux Lighting)


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