Made in Brunel
Made In Brunel is an annual show where university students exhibit work that they have produced in their final year. This includes material from a range of modules within the separate disciplines and their major project, which forms the majority of their final year grade. Held in June, the event showcases the best in design, engineering and innovation from the London-based University and acts as a link between the students and professionals.
Members of both RCL and Precision Lighting attended the event for the judging and to hand out awards. After much deliberation, three projects were shortlisted for prizes.
First prize was awarded to Xander Dawood for his FireLight concept. After discovering that up to 38 percent of existing smoke detectors fitted in the UK were non-functioning, he looked to develop an alternative solution that was not only more reliable, but also easy to install and affordable. FireLight is a retrofit LED downlight that incorporates a smoke detector and can be operated via an existing light switch. The user-friendly design features visual and audible alarms for both smoke and carbon monoxide detection, along with self-test modes.
Commenting on the winning design, Precision Lighting’s Design and Engineering Manager, Peter McClelland said, ‘We were impressed by the amount of work that had gone into this product. Xander had designed and built a fully working prototype that solves a real and very serious problem.’ Designer Lucinda Deakin added, ‘each detail of FireLight had been carefully considered: from the easy-to-connect power pack to the self-testing system developed by Xander. This product has real potential and I can see it saving lives in the future.’
Runners-up included Rob Millar with his ‘Vision’ design, which claimed second prize, and ‘Project Whitewash’ by Thomas Harries, who was awarded third place.
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