Smart stop lights to 'TALK' to drivers

Smart traffic lights to 'communicate' with drivers to inform them when they are about to change. PLUS: Saudi scientists create ‘fastest li-fi luminaire’. AND: New building standard aims to protect the health of occupants. Lux Today August 23rd 2016.

Smart traffic lights to 'talk' to cars

Smart traffic lights to 'talk' to cars

Judging when green traffic lights are going to switch to red has always been a difficult business. But now Audi has developed a smart-dashboard that can communicate with traffic lights and inform drivers when the lights are about to change.

Two-minute explainer: The WELL Building Standard

Two-minute explainer: The WELL Building Standard

What are we to make of human centric lighting (HCL)? The science is sound but the application of the technology is often confused and contradictory. What is needed is a guide to point us in the right direction. That is the job of the WELL Building Standard (WBS).

Is LED the key to YOUNGER looking skin?

Rejuvenating light clinic opens at Harvey Nichols in London. PLUS: LED farm produces 12,000 lettuces a day. AND: GE biosensors monitor athletes at Rio Olympics. Lux Today August 16th 2016.

What nobody tells you about Power over Ethernet

What nobody tells you about Power over Ethernet

The on-trend conversation continues to turn towards powering LED fixtures via the building’s computer network. Who needs drivers and lighting controls when there’s a DC supply and smart control available back down the network? What can possibly go wrong with PoE?

Are we experimenting on school children?

Are we experimenting on school children?

Human-centric lighting represents a new way of using light in our lives, but there is some skepticism over its use and its effectiveness. Do we know enough about the technology, for example, to be using it in schools? Is there enough evidence to say that human centric lighting improves productivity at work?  Can HCL help to maintain a smooth circadian rhythm at home? 

In a 'Clash of the Lighting Titans' Lux's applications editor John Bullock (a HCL cheerleader) and our technical editor Alan Tulla (a sympathetic skeptic) sit down to compare and contrast their human centric lighting opinions.

Heathrow Terminal 5 gets LED makeover

Heathrow Terminal 5 gets LED makeover

The last frontier of the LED revolution has been high-power applications such as high-mast area lighting, where fixtures with massive lumen packages are required. It now looks like that last frontier is being well and truly conquered, as organisations switch from discharge technologies. A good example is Heathrow Airport in London, one of the busiest airports in the world. The apron lighting has now been upgraded fom high-pressure sodium to LED. 

Amazon drones to dock on street lights?

Amazon granted patent to develop drone docking stations that sit on street lights. PLUS: Poor lighting prompts concern before opening of Rio Olympics. AND: Top US basketball team announces li-fi first for new stadium. Lux Today August 2nd 2016.

The Best of Lighting Spy

The Best of Lighting Spy

Lighting professionals: What you see may upset you. Ray Molony counts down Lighting Spy’s Top 40 worst crimes, blunders and screw-ups.

 

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