Here are the rules!

For the challenge, you will create a light fixture. For the purposes of the challenge a light fixture can be a lamp, a chandelier, a ceiling fixture, a desk lamp, etc. We're looking for something that provides light, not something that happens to have, for example, LED's.

The deadline is August 17th, 2020, 11:59pm Eastern Time.

Submissions can be made via Email at

For submissions please include the following:

  • 2 or more pictures of the light itself so that we can understand the design.

  • At least one additional picture of the entry turned on and functional (lit).

  • In lieu of the prior, you may submit a YouTube (or Instagram) video demonstrating the entry or its production. Be sure that the entry, if submitted as a video, is hashtagged #bwmenlightenus. Email the link to that video to the above email address to have it count as your entry.

Prizes will include:

  • A $150 Amazon / Rockler / Woodcraft Gift Card (Winner's Choice) or $150 Cash Equivalent (Visa / Amex Gift Card)

  • A Sprok-It from Bernie Solo! (See it in action here)

  • A guest appearance on Because We Make!

  • Other prizes that will be decided as time goes on depending on sponsor participation.

The winners will be announced on the podcast episode that records August 31st and drops September 2nd, 2020.


Ethan and Vincent will determine the winner based on a completely unscientific but fair evaluation of submitted projects that will include functionality, design, and the "wow factor." The wow factor is completely subjective, but knocking them on their collective butts will increase the chance of winning. Entries will not be assigned a score and data will not be made public.  The hosts reserve the right to seek advice outside of themselves to help arrive at their decision.

Usual legal type stuff:

  • One entry per person only (couple duos may submit 1 per person)

  • Hosts and their families are not eligible.

  • The deadline is firm.

  • Late submissions will be ignored.

  • Because We Make is not responsible for misdirected emails.

  • Prizes will be distributed digitally where possible and via USPS, UPS, or Fedex when applicable.

  • Decisions are final.

  • There may or may not be prizes for second and third place. Those will be announced closer to the deadline.

Good luck, everyone!

Ethan and Vincent

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