Top 10 products at LuxLive

Top 10 products at LuxLive

With over 200 companies exhibiting at this year 's LuxLive, it would have been a tricky task to see everything that the show had to offer.  But worry not if you fear that you might have missed a gem. Here are what we consider to be the best of the bunch, the cream of the crop, from this year's event.

Niagara Falls unveils spectacular LED lighting upgrade

Niagara Falls unveils spectacular LED lighting upgrade

The Niagara Falls Illumination Board has unveiled a new LED-based dynamic lighting system that makes the famed falls even more spectacular at night. The twin cities of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada and Niagara Falls, New York collaborated on the $4 million solid-state lighting (SSL) project that was undertaken by a consortium of lighting specialist and contracting firms including Ecco Electric, Salex and Mulvey & Banani Lighting Sceneworks, and Stanley Electric.

Northern eyes audacious energy reduction target

Northern eyes audacious energy reduction target

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.

Could light cure dementia?

Could LED help to cure Alzheimer’s? PLUS: Well and Breeam environmental standards to join forces. AND: Winner of Illuminated River competition revealed in London. Lux Today 13 December 2016.

Top 10 stories of the year

Top 10 stories of the year

2016 has been a rollercoaster year for the world and the industry. But what has been piquing your interest during the last 12 months? Here we reveal our ten most popular stories of the year. 

Obama blocks sale of German manufacturer to China

Obama blocks sale of German manufacturer to China

US President Barack Obama, in his final weeks in office, has blocked the sale of a German manufacturer to China, out of national security concerns. The company makes metal vapour deposition technology for the manufacture of LEDs, OLEDs, lasers and solar cells.

Pioneer Li-Fi company joins with Singapore government

Pioneer Li-Fi company joins with Singapore government

Scottish Li-Fi firm pureLiFi has announced that they are to work with the Singapore government to bring the revolutionary technology to the South-Asian city-state

The development is the latest leap forward in the up-hill gallop that is the progress of Li-Fi. The first live demonstration of the technology in front of an audience was given just a few weeks ago at LuxLive in London.

Could LED help to cure Alzheimer’s?

Could LED help to cure Alzheimer’s?

Flashing LED lights in the eyes of mice has been found to drastically reduce the levels of plaque in the brain, which in human beings can cause Alzheimer’s disease.

Research conducted by scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) found that light encouraged protective cells to destroy harmful proteins that accumulate in the brain prompting the onset of dementia.

Why Casambi won and what it means for lighting controls

Why Casambi won and what it means for lighting controls

Casambi won the coveted Controls Product of the Year prize at the 2016 Lux Awards. The little known company triumphed in a field of giants that included, among others, Helvar, eldoLED, Lumenpulse and Osram. Lux's applications editor, John Bullock, considers what it was that gave Casambi the edge and what this means for the future of lighting controls.

Well and Breeam coalesce to streamline approval process

Well and Breeam coalesce to streamline approval process

The International Well Building Institute and the Building Research Establishment, which operates the environmental building standards Well and Breeam, have announced that they plan to collaborate.

The two standards when considered in tandem do compliment each other. One of the founding principles of the Breeam standard was to maximise environmental potential without having a negative effect on people.

The WELL standard goes further than avoiding ‘a negative effect’ and instead attempts to ensure that the building boosts the wellbeing of the people that use it.

Meet the streetlights powered by footsteps

Streetlights powered by footsteps are unveiled in Las Vegas. PLUS: World’s first live li-fi test takes place at LuxLive. AND: Lux Award winners revealed at a ceremony in London. Lux Today December 6th 2016. 

Top 10 videos of the year

Top 10 videos of the year

What a year 2016 has been in lighting. From the rise and rise of the Internet of Things to Amazon drones landing on top of streetlights. From the introduction of circadian lighting into school classrooms to the Lux Awards and LuxLive. Here are our top ten picks of video stories that we have featured during a year of change for the lighting industry.

New York's bridges to get multi-million dollar LED facelift

New York's bridges to get multi-million dollar LED facelift

New York City's iconic Hudson River bridges are set to undergo an LED make-over, in a move that mirrors London's 'Illuminated River' project to revolutionise its own river-scape.

Nine New York bridges will receive an LED overhaul during the first phase of the $500 million project, ranging from the Henry Hudson Bridge in the Bronx to the Crossbay Veterans Memorial Bridge in the Rockaways.