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?

Iconic NYC ferry goes all LED, but price raises eyebrows

 Iconic NYC ferry goes all LED, but price raises eyebrows

New York City is spending millions of dollars on replacing elderly fluorescent lighting with energy efficient LED in the Staten Island Ferry's termini. However the move, which is part of massive city-wide cost cutting scheme, will take years to pay back. 

LED strips take aim at dire pedestrian safety in Singapore

LED strips take aim at dire pedestrian safety in Singapore

Each year there are more than 10,000 traffic accidents in Singapore, many of them involving pedestrians. In response to these figures the Singaporean Land Transport Authority (LTA) has launched a six-month trial to see if LED light strips can improve safety at pedestrian crossings.

Lux to analyse the accelerating rail lighting revolution

Lux to analyse the accelerating rail lighting revolution

The railways are changing and lighting is at the forefront of the revolution, at this year’s Lux Lighting for Rail Conference, we intend to tell you the best ways to stay ahead of the curve. From the responsibilities of drivers to the standards that govern the industry, nothing is what it used to be. The challenges that rail operators face are different too. Light pollution, suicide prevention, energy reduction and easing the pressures on drivers are all issues that need to be tackled.

Moscow Metro gets facelift and circadian LED upgrade

Moscow Metro gets facelift and circadian LED upgrade

The Moscow Metro has a launched a new generation of trains featuring LED lighting that adapts to the time of day. With typical Russian understatement the Moscow authorities are labelling the new vehicles as the ‘the best metro trains in the world.’

LED on Washington Metro enrages city bigwigs

 LED on Washington Metro enrages city bigwigs

Washington DC, home to the American power elite, has seen many controversies rise and fall, the latest, however, doesn’t involve presidents or congressmen, but the new LED lighting on the city’s Metro network. And it's not only commuters that are enraged, lighting designers with any sense of history are cringing at the network's tinkering with an iconic, if unusual, scheme. 

Experts to gather at Lux Lighting for Rail Conference

Experts to gather at Lux Lighting for Rail Conference

Rail experts are set to gather in London for a special conference considering the current state of lighting on the rail network. The event will address the key issue of driver-only operation, which is prompting strike action across the UK network. 

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.

Heathrow Terminal 5 gets LED makeover

Heathrow Terminal 5 gets LED makeover

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. 

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