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.

Why do EU emergency lights last for less time than in UK?

 Why do EU emergency lights last for less time than in UK?

In our latest Emergency Lighting Q&A of the week we want to find out why do self-contained emergency fixtures in Europe last for one hour while in the UK they  last for three hours?

Jonathan Bell, commercial director of Liteplan, gives us the answer. 

Lux recommends: Dim to warm lamps

Lux recommends: Dim to warm lamps

An attractive feature of filament lamps is that they become warmer as you dim them. As the filament dims and becomes less intense, the colour changes to a warmer more orange and yellow appearance. The colour temperature, and CCT reduces as they dim. Until recently, this effect was missing from their LED equivalents. Lux's technical editor, Alan Tulla, reviews the state of the market.

Theresa May’s former school gets LED make-over

Theresa May’s former school gets LED make-over

Wheatley Park School in Oxforshire, which sits on the site of Holton Park Girls' Grammar School, where UK Prime Minister Theresa May, then Theresa Brasier, sat her GCEs, has just received an LED re-fit.

It is well know that May is very proud of her grammar school roots. In fact, she famously said, in one of her first appearances at Prime Minister’s Questions that it was her school that ‘got her where she is today.’

Meet the woman tasked with lighting a London hospital

Meet the woman tasked with lighting a London hospital

Lux meets Alexandra Hammond, the woman in charge of environmental impact at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in London, ahead of her appearance on next week's Lighting for Healthcare webinar. Hammond was responsible for leading a massive £1 million pound retrofit for the Hospital, which is one of the biggest health providers in the UK.

What the lighting industry is REALLY thinking

What the lighting industry is REALLY thinking

The acting talents of Team Lux are put to the test in this special video which gets behind the scenes of a lighting project to reveal the true motivations of the main players. CAST – Client: Gordon Routledge, Architect: John Bullock, Lighting Designer: Robert Leeming, Consulting engineer: Alan Tulla, Manufacturer: Ray Molony, Electrical Contractor: Gordon Routledge, Wholesaler: Mark Faithfull.