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.

Meet the streetlights that are powered by footsteps

Meet the streetlights that are powered by footsteps

A new street lighting system that harnesses energy from pedestrians’ footsteps has been installed in Las Vegas in the United States.

The foot-powered fixtures were developed by EngoPlanet, a New York based start-up. The street lights are part-powered by kinetic energy generated by footsteps, which is absorbed by tiles installed in the pavement. Solar panels are also used to boost energy levels when necessary.

Circadian myths busted at LuxLive

Circadian myths busted at LuxLive

Neuroscientist and Lux's Person of the Year Russell Foster led the pioneering team at Oxford University which discovered the eye’s third photosensitive cells, creating a whole new paradigm in interior lighting. The contents of his speech during last week's LuxLive may have taken some in the lighting industry surpise though. Lux's applications editor, John Bullock, reports. 

Lux Awards 2016 winners revealed

Lux Awards 2016 winners revealed

The best lighting products, projects and companies leading innovation and change were recognised at the 2016 Lux Awards in London last night.

The Awards were presented in front of 850 lighting professionals at a gala event at the O2 InterContinental on the final night of the LuxLive 2016 exhibition.

World’s first live li-fi test takes place at LuxLive

World’s first live li-fi test takes place at LuxLive

A video has been played on a tablet via a li-fi internet connection at LuxLive, the first such demonstration in the world in a live setting.

The test was carried out in front of a live audience by Doctor Harald Burchardt’s, one of the key figures at pureLiFi, the Scottish company that is attempting to bring safe and secure li-fi to the world.