The longer the rail franchise the better the lighting?

The longer the rail franchise the better the lighting?

It is not always easy to make a major investment in a project, when it is known that it will only show returns in the distant long term. This is made even more of a wrench when you know that you might not be around to see a project pay back. The limited length of a rail franchise means that operators are sometimes wary of making investments in station infrastructure, such as in the lighting, if it is known that a project won’t pay back before the end of a franchise. Are the length of rail franchises in the UK holding back the development of innovative lighting on the nation's rail network?

State-of-the-art controls demo centre opens in London

State-of-the-art controls demo centre opens in London

A state-of-the-art demonstration centre for lighting controls has opened in London. The 6,300-square-foot facility – which includes hotel bedrooms, dining areas, a lobby and offices all kitted out with the latest technology – allows end users and specifiers to see firsthand how controls can transform a space at a touch of a button.

Lighting for rail: New product round-up

Lighting for rail: New product round-up

After the success of Lux's Lighting for Rail Conference, which was held in Central London last month, we have gathered together some of the best new lighting products that can be used on the rail network.

Are standards strangling the life out of rail lighting?

Are standards strangling the life out of rail lighting?

Russell Sweeting-White is the senior building services engineer at Network Rail. He is responsible for developing a policy and a strategy to light stations across the UK rail network. Sweeting-White is also involved in the setting of common standards for station lighting, which ensure that a safe environment is created for the rail user. But are standards stifling creativity when it comes to lighting for rail?

Does my LED warranty cover the cost of labour?

Does my LED warranty cover the cost of labour?

LED lighting is supposed to last forever. So you might expect the warranties on LED products to be quite generous. But if you check your warranty to see if it covers the cost of labour as well as materials, the answer is probably no.

How to light a bathroom

How to light a bathroom

John Bullock, Lux's application editor, considers the best ways to approach lighting a bathroom. 

Footfall Lighting takes LED handrail to next step

Footfall Lighting takes LED handrail to next step

Handrail lighting has come of age as a consequence of the LED revolution. All large estate organisations need to ensure safety of movement on stairs and ramps inside and outside of their buildings. But the traditional solutions of lighting mounted at high level are becoming increasingly costly to maintain. A light source that combines low energy, low heat output, small physical size and with a long operating life answers many of the demands of the facilities and estate manages who look after these installations. 

Li-Fi eyes opportunity as France bans Wi-Fi in schools

Li-Fi eyes opportunity as France bans Wi-Fi in schools

The French government has moved to outlaw Wi-Fi in nurseries, schools and childcare centres that cater for children under six. The move is offering inspiration to the creators of Li-Fi, a system that uses light to provide internet access.