A report by regulatory body the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has found that a number of UK railway stations in southern England fail to meet lighting standards.
Northern operates more stations than any other train operating company in the UK, making the commitment in their new franchise agreement to reduce energy consumption across the network by 3.2 percent, every year, a particularly audacious one. The task is even more of a challenge because Northern, which has the oldest train fleet in the country and the oldest station stock, is often at the mercy of events.
The instillation of LED across the Northern network, in train sheds and at stations, is a major part of Northern’s strategy to slash the yearly three percent.
We caught up with Euan Hilton, utilities contracts and data manager at Northern, during this year's LuxLive, to see how the operation is going.
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.
The shortlist has been unveiled for the 'Illuminated River' contest, a multi-million pound scheme, which will see new lighting designs unveiled for all of cental London's Thames bridges.
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.
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.
In Lux's latest Design Clinic, technical editor Alan Tulla sets out three alternative ways to light a multi-storey car park.
A French firm has won the contract to supply internet-over-lighting technology on the Paris Metro. The ambitious project – which will allow over two million daily commuters to use lights as a form of Wi-fi, dubbed ‘Li-fi’ – now looks firmly on track. Already La Defense station has been successfully equipped with the tech.
Every other Wednesday a growing number of lighting professionals are sitting down to enjoy an hour of information and technical entertainment with the Lux Webinar Series.
There must be things that the hard-pressed facilities manager can do to make their job just a little bit easier, and maybe save a bit of money for better things. Here’s a list of actions that shouldn’t take too much effort to work out and which should see immediate benefits.