Two-minute explainer: BIM and the future of lighting design

Two-minute explainer: BIM and the future of lighting design

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a way of creating a virtual building without needing to break any physical ground and its influence on lighting design as a collaborative method of working is growing. Lux's applications editor John Bullock investigates. 

Limp IoT security crashes world’s leading websites

Limp IoT security crashes world’s leading websites

Hackers harnessing Internet of Things (IoT) devices, including smart lights, have crashed some of the world’s biggest websites including Spotify, PayPal and Twitter. It is no secret, as revenues from LEDs fade, that the lighting industry is placing a big pile of gambling chips on the success of the Internet of Things, but the hack marks the second major security breach in as many months, suggesting IoT is not yet ready for the big leagues.

Portable UV light aims to revolutionise parenting

Portable UV light aims to revolutionise parenting

In response to the growing awareness of the effectiveness of UV light at killing germs, American company Rayvio is developing a portable and digital UV source that can be used to, among other things, sterilise baby’s bottles to prevent contagious illness in youngsters. 

EU fights hackers with sticky labels

EU pledges millions to tackle IoT security threat. PLUS: Reykjavik turns off street lights for better aurora view. AND: US speedway becomes first to go all LED. Lux Today October 18 2016.

Value Proposition: High intensity industrial lighting

Value Proposition: High intensity industrial lighting

Light costs money and the more light you want, the more money it is going to cost. This simple statement has driven lighting specification since Edison was a lad and it doesn’t matter that we’re entering a whole new phase of energy efficiency; light still costs money. So when a company needs at least 1000 lux of good quality light for it to do its work effectively, the issue of system cost looms large in the decision-making process.

LED spotlight drone captures eerie night-time images

A group of intrepid YouTubers from American video production company Stratus Productions have successfully managed to strap a 1,000 watt LED light bar to the underside of a drone. The images that the mobile spotlight have captured are eerily beautiful.

 

 

The Internet of Things and lighting: the end of the hype?

The Internet of Things and lighting: the end of the hype?

The lighting industry is targeted by the Internet of Things because of the ubiquity of the product. If lighting is everywhere then where else should the IoT data harvesters be other than piggy-backed onto it? But, most crucially, the real question that remains unanswered about the IoT is ‘What Happens Next?’  On Wednesday 26 October at 1pm BST, Lux Review will be hosting a webinar on the topic: IoT and Lighting: why this revolution will change everything.

Why there’s more chance the manufacturer will fail than the LED driver

Why there’s more chance the manufacturer will fail than the LED driver

The driver behind the LEDs is often quoted as the weak link in the system, but nowadays manufacturers are producing units with a life expectancy that can exceed 100,000 hours if carefully managed. After six years however, I’ve started to spot a disturbing trend which specifiers and end users should be aware of: manufacturer failure. 

Hackers hijack IoT devices

LED meets the cosmos as space station gets circadian boost. PLUS: Hackers hijack thousands of IoT devices. AND: Shrewd airport worker steals millions with LED scheme. Lux Today 11 October 2016.

The IoT revolution is here, but is it safe?

The IoT revolution is here, but is it safe?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the lighting industry’s saviour as revenues from luminaires start to decline. But as companies rush to get IoT products to market, is thorough cyber security being sacrificed for the sake of a quick buck? At this year’s Lux Live ethical hacker, Ken Munroe of Penetration testing and security services will give a live demonstration of just how vulnerable connected lighting products are to attack and manipulation. 

‘Invest in IoT or die’, Harvard chief warns industry

‘Invest in IoT or die’, Harvard chief warns industry

Invest in research and development for the forthcoming Internet of Things revolution or face irrelevance – that’s the stark warning delivered today to lighting manufacturers by Paul Hussey, CEO of drivers-to-wireless-controls manufacturer Harvard Technology.

LED meets the cosmos - space station gets circadian boost

LED meets the cosmos - space station gets circadian boost

We know more and more about circadian rhythms here on Earth, where the sun rises and sets in manageable and predictable (we hope) twenty-four hour cycles. Space though is another matter altogether.

In space the sun rises and sets every 90 minutes, a dizzying speed that destroys settled circadian rhythms and pushes sleeping patterns out the window. Now scientists are trying to address this problem and LED is providing the answers.

Michael Grubb Studio leads Lush to lighting reinvention

Michael Grubb Studio leads Lush to lighting reinvention

Michael Grubb Studio’s lighting scheme for Lush’s flagship store in Manchester’s Arndale shopping centre is an example of great lighting design and energy reduction coming together. The finished product exudes a homely and welcoming aura and Lush is set to recreate the Manchester rejuvenation in stores nationwide, adopting the new lighting design as part of their brand, an extraordinary jump for a company that has come to realise just how impactful lighting can be. In the latest of our Lux Awards profiles we talk to Michael Grubb about working with Lush.

Shrewd airport worker steals millions with LED scheme

Shrewd airport worker steals millions with LED scheme

It’s a well known fact that LED can save you money and breaking the law is generally not required to do this. Some people take things too far though. The director of terminal maintenance at Miami International Airport has been charged with fraud after it was discovered that he had purchased 9,000 LED luminaires worth $3.5 million…for $8.8 million and pocketed the change.

LA street lights can hear car crashes

US cities take a second look at LED after health warnings. PLUS: IKEA makes a grab for the affordable smart lighting market. AND: LA installs street light sensors that can hear car crashes. Lux Today 4th October 2016.