Li-Fi tested in US subway terrorist attack scenario

 Li-Fi tested in US subway terrorist attack scenario

The durability of Li-Fi, the system that delivers an internet service via the lights, has been tested during a terrorist attack drill in the United States. pureLiFi, the company behind the technology, teamed up with Verizon, Nokia and Aegex Technologies to host the attack scenario at the Disaster Preparedness and Tactical Training Centre in Georgia.

Smoke ‘poured’ from lights years before London tower fire

Smoke ‘poured’ from lights years before London tower fire

Anguished residents of the Grenfell Tower reported smoke 'pouring' from light fittings in the years before the block was engulfed by flames. Fire authorities are currently in the process of investigating the massive fire that ripped through the Grenfell Tower in West London, killing and injuring many.

Lighting Spy: 20 crimes against lighting

Lighting Spy: 20 crimes against lighting

Will they ever learn? Evidently not, based on our latest batch of the blunders, bloopers and bodges with lighting. Lighting Spy has had another busy month investigating  20 crimes against design  from around the world. Lighting professionals, look away now…

Will Australia’s largest smart light project lead to city's rebirth?

Will Australia’s largest smart light project lead to city's rebirth?

Australia’s seaside city of Newcastle has launched a massive new smart lighting scheme, which is set to form the spine of the city’s expanding and lavish smart city strategy. It is hoped that the project will help to transform Newcastle from a primarily industrial hub, into a city with a broader range of economic foundations.

Two-minute explainer: Horticultural lighting metrics

Two-minute explainer: Horticultural lighting metrics

If you’ve recently strayed into the world of horticultural lighting then it is likely that you’ve found yourself immersed in an entirely new alphabet soup. Lux's green-fingered applications editor, John Bullock, sets out to bust through the photosynthetic lexicon for the sake of all you horticulture newbies. 

How can you juggle the demands of university lighting?

How can you juggle the demands of university lighting?

From lecture halls to halls of residence, the lighting of a university campus poses a string of individual challenges. These can be made even more difficult when you are working at a university that is going through a massive refurbishment programme. We caught up with Steve Holtom, electrical services manager at Oxford Brookes University, to find out the best ways to manage the demands of campus lighting.

LED lighting brought to book

LED lighting brought to book

What kind of people does it take to change the light bulb? That’s the question veteran technology journalist Bob Johnstone addresses in his new book, LED:  A History of the Future of Lighting. The answer is passionate individuals frustrated with the status quo who are determined to make the world a better – and better-lit – place. 

12 things every hotelier should know about lighting

12 things every hotelier should know about lighting

Hotel lighting is a complex area, and has a huge impact on the finished project. Whether your hotel is an off-charts success or utter disaster can lay on the lighting scheme. You are really best off leaving it to the professionals but if you are determined to go it alone, here are the 12 most important points by hotel lighting expert Neil Knowles.

The longer the rail franchise the better the lighting?

The longer the rail franchise the better the lighting?

It is not always easy to make a major investment in a project, when it is known that it will only show returns in the distant long term. This is made even more of a wrench when you know that you might not be around to see a project pay back. The limited length of a rail franchise means that operators are sometimes wary of making investments in station infrastructure, such as in the lighting, if it is known that a project won’t pay back before the end of a franchise. Are the length of rail franchises in the UK holding back the development of innovative lighting on the nation's rail network?

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?

Does my LED warranty cover the cost of labour?

Does my LED warranty cover the cost of labour?

LED lighting is supposed to last forever. So you might expect the warranties on LED products to be quite generous. But if you check your warranty to see if it covers the cost of labour as well as materials, the answer is probably no.

How to light a bathroom

How to light a bathroom

John Bullock, Lux's application editor, considers the best ways to approach lighting a bathroom.