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.

How do I prepare a lighting specification for an international roll-out programme?

How do I prepare a lighting specification for an international roll-out programme?

Our high streets are changing, and this is happening all around the world. The change is being driven by adventurous retailers, their outlets being of all and any size, wishing to create a common visual appearance and a common customer experience from the streets of New York to the streets of Mumbai. If you walk into a store you can feel The Brand. Driven by Brand Managers and Marketers, it falls to the Design team to create a global identity, capable of overcoming the challenges of making the approved design ‘fit’ into physical space all over the world.  

How do I protect my design specification?

 How do I protect my design specification?

It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, if you have produced a lighting specification it will be at risk from the time that it leaves your desk. Sometimes it’s the contractor trying to earn a bit more money by attempting a ‘like-for-like’ swap and hoping that no one notices. But, it can also be a cultural issue that goes as far as the client’s desk, where everyone assumes that everyone else is trying to pull a fast one. Here are some of the processes that can be put in place to help protect the design specification once it becomes part of the contract documentation and is outside of the specifier’s control.

How do I best control the budgets for my hotel projects?

How do I best control the budgets for my hotel projects?

​A good designer will always have one eye on the prospect of a value engineering exercise coming along at the end of their design process, so its best to put a costing strategy in place at the very beginning of the exercise.

Armed gang ‘murdered executive in streetlight blackout’

Armed gang ‘murdered executive in streetlight blackout’

Armed robbers who shot dead a rich insurance executive in his luxury rural Dorset home hid in wait for the streetlights to go out before deciding to strike. A number of cash strapped councils have opted to switch street lights off in rural areas, during the middle of the night, in order to cut down on costs.

Could LED kill off pesticides for good?

Could LED make pesticides in farming a thing of the past? PLUS: Commuters rebel against lighting upgrade on Washington Metro. AND: US Navy buys American when it comes to lighting. Lux Today 3 May 2017.

How do I find a trustworthy manufacturer?

How do I find a trustworthy manufacturer?

The arrival of the LED has brought with it a whole slew of new companies and individuals with little or no history in the lighting industry. It’s also brought a lot of uncertainty, the lighting conventions that we grew up with have been mostly abandoned and have been replaced with . . . very little. There are no performance standards for LED product and that has left the specifier open to all kinds of deception. So who do we trust?

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.’

Lux’s top ten emergency lighting stories

Lux’s top ten emergency lighting stories

Emergency lighting is critical. It has to be done right and in accordance with a whole stream of regulations and laws. Amid this changing and quickly altering landscape it is easy to come adrift or stray from the correct path.

US Navy told to ‘buy American’ when it comes to LED

US Navy told to ‘buy American’ when it comes to LED

President Donald Trump is laying down the law when it comes to ensuring that the federal government, which is one of the largest employers in the world, buys American. This means it’s boom time for US manufacturers when it comes to securing major lighting contracts.

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. 

LED has potential to end use of pesticides in farming

LED has potential to end use of pesticides in farming

Research is proving that light produced by LEDs has the ability to speed up plant growth and improve the taste of fruit and vegetables. However, researchers in the United States are also proving that LED light is able to reduce disease in plants, a discovery that could, ultimately, lead to the redundancy of expensive and unpopular pesticides. Lux caught up with Jaimin Patel, a plant pathologist at the Lighting Research Center of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, to find out more.