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Project CANDLE is a partnership between Penn State University and lighting professionals seeking to

Create an Alliance to Nurture Design in Lighting Education.

Together we create a brighter future for lighting design.


Our Goals
  • Connect students and pros both to hire and inspire

  • Develop our lighting curriculum to prepare our graduates to become world-class lighting designers

  • Focus our research priorities and share the latest developments with our partners

  • Develop and expand the lighting design profession


Our Partners


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Past Partners

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Why Become a Partner?

Partners are seated at the annual Project CANDLE roundtable, with direct access to students, faculty, and the future of lighting



  • Find your next star designer by connecting with our students in a low-pressure environment that helps ensure you hire the best fit for your company

  • Network with professionals invested in the future of lighting at Penn State

  • Recognition of your industry leadership on our site and outreach materials


  • Guide our curriculum by joining the education committee

  • Ensure our program prepares students with the latest skills in industry demand 

  • Critique student design work throughout the semester and guide their development into world-class lighting designers

  • Contribute to our curriculum via guest lectures or micro-credentialing sessions


  • Guide our research by joining the research committee

  • Collaborate with Penn State to pursue industry-focused research projects

  • Stay up-to-date with the latest scientific developments


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