Maintenance factors: Why everything you know is wrong

Maintenance factors: Why everything you know is wrong

Once upon a time, in the days of fluorescent and metal halide, lighting maintenance factors were easy. But LEDs have changed everything. Lux's applications editor, John Bullock, considers if everything we know about maintenance factors is wrong.

Smart lighting revolution reaches Swaziland

Smart lighting revolution reaches Swaziland

A network of smart sensory street lights is being installed in the Kingdom of Swaziland. In the West, smart street lights are being used, in most cases, to monitor traffic, but in developing countries they can be put to an entirely different use altogether.

Dispatch from Hong Kong: Bullock meets the Orient

Dispatch from Hong Kong: Bullock meets the Orient

In the first of his blogs from the Hong Kong International Lighting Fair, Lux's applications editor, John Bullock, finds his feet on the banks of the Pearl River and quickly makes dinner plans.

Blue light halts Scottish suicide spike

Berlin unveils on demand street illumination. PLUS: Blue light is used to halt a mysterious spike in Scottish suicides. AND: Portable UV aims to revolutionise parenting. Lux Today October 25 2016.

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.