The lighting world's top manufacturers, boldest clients, coolest technologies and most awe-inspiring installations were honoured tonight at the Lux Awards 2012.
Winners were chosen in 16 categories covering architectural lighting, retrofit projects, urban lighting, retail lighting, new interior and exterior products, and innovations in the areas of light sources and controls. The chosen few were presented with a unique trophy constructed of recycled lamp glass.
Congratulations to everyone who won an award. You're a credit to the lighting business. Here is the full list of winners.
Controls Innovation of the Year in association with
WINNER: 50W LED Driver Platform – EldoLED
EldoLED’s Solodrive 561 is a 0-10V dimmable, constant-current LED driver. Dimming is smooth all the way down to zero. Solodrive’s two LED outputs offer the possibility of driving a high-power 50W LED array connected to a single output, or driving two strings of 15 LEDs at 350mA. LEDcode allows easy extension of the Solodrive’s feature set with time, motion and brightness-based intelligence. Judges described it as a ‘clever package’ and were impressed with its smooth dimming to zero output, a rarity in LED control.
HIGHLY COMMENDED: OccuSwitch Wireless – Philips Lighting UK
COMMENDED: Part Night – Venture Lighting Europe
SHORTLISTED: Wireless e-Sense Connect – Fagerhult
Light Source Innovation of the Year in association with
WINNER: E-Core Candle – Toshiba
The E-Core LED 6W Candle from Toshiba delivers a 250-lumen replacement for a traditional 25W incandescent lamp without compromising on the quality of the light. The design of the virtual filament inside the E-Core Candle LED gives the illusion of a traditional lamp and directs the light in a uniform and elegant manner perfect for chandeliers, table lamps and wall-mounted decorative luminaires. Judges said this LED lamp ‘had the soul of an incandescent candle lamp’. It looked ‘fabulous even when dimmed’.
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Luxeon Z – Philips Lumileds
COMMENDED: 6W Perfect Fit GU10 lamp – Philips Lighting
Exterior Luminaire of the Year in association with
WINNER: Aeroblades – Cree and Speirs + Major
Aeroblades is the result of a collaboration between independent lighting design practice Speirs + Major and LED manufacturer Cree in which the two companies set out to produce the next generation of urban amenity lighting. With over 20 different optics, the range offers exceptional optical control with very high efficiency. The LEDs have been grouped into modules of ten to allow the luminaires to be scaled to meet a wide range of output requirements. Judges called it a ‘dramatic new form factor’ that was ‘truly innovative’ and ‘expertly executed’.
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Archer – Fern Howard
COMMENDED: Axia – Urbis
COMMENDED: Solar Paddle – Zeta Specialist Lighting
Interior Luminaire of the Year in association with
WINNER: Laser Blade – iGuzzini
iGuzzini’s Laser Blade is an LED indoor recessed fitting designed to deliver a concentrated, dramatic light that eliminates light beams that cross the eyes and which are not required to light the objects. The product is designed to produce a very concentrated light with a 25° cone. Laser Blade can also produce a general light, with 50° cones, with highly efficient lenses and with very little glare. The judges said the Laser Blade was ‘beautifully executed’ with ‘superb attention to detail’.
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Aurista – Trilux
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Metroled – Universal Fibre Optics
COMMENDED: Foil LED – Whitecroft Lighting
Recycling Award in association with
WINNER: Skinflint Design
Skinflint specialises in reclaimed lighting and salvaged lights with an emphasis on industrial fixtures. Fittings are restored, rewired and fitted with energy-efficient light sources, rescuing beautiful products from landfill or sale as scrap metal. The judges said: ‘Re-use like this has a role to play in low-energy lighting in the right environment and with the right light source.’
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Balcan Engineering
Balcan has over 30 years’ experience in lamp crushing and recycling. The judges cited Balcan for its ‘long-term commitment, both corporate and personal, to recycling, its high level of investment and its innovation.’
Retrofit Lighting Project of the Year in association with
WINNER: The Crown Jewels, Tower of London – Sutton Vane Associates
The £2.5 million refurbishment of the Jewel House at the Tower of London includes a relighting scheme by Sutton Vane Associates. It markedly improves the visitor’s visual experience and improves light output and efficiency. Judges were ‘blown away’ by this ‘once-in-a-lifetime project’ and cited a ‘stunning and highly sophisticated design’ that ‘made the jewels sing’.
Lighting design: Sutton Vane Associates -- Exhibition design: Ralph Appelbaum
HIGHLY COMMENDED: National Gallery, London – Open Technology
Equipment: LiGO by Open Technology -- LED luminaires: Erco -- Lighting installation: Capri Mechanical Services
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Brompton Barracks, Kent – Toshiba
Lighting contractor: Babcock Infrastructure -- Lamps: Toshiba
HIGHLY COMMENDED: City South Housing, Manchester – Designplan
Equipment: Designplan Lighting
COMMENDED: Finsbury Park Station, London - Holophane Europe
SHORTLISTED: Nando’s, Clink Street, London – NRGstar
Lighting contractor and consultant: NRGstar -- Equipment: Toshiba, SLI, Megaman, Beta Calco, Crescent Lighting
SHORTLISTED: Next, nationwide – Projection Lighting
Equipment: Projection Lighting
SHORTLISTED: Royal College of Music, London – Toshiba
Industrial Project of the Year in association with
WINNER: Royal Mail National Distribution Centre, Daventry – Philips Lighting
Philips and Romec collaborated to create a bespoke LED lighting scheme for Royal Mail at its Daventry distribution centre. Philips’ GentleSpace is a high-bay LED luminaire that replaces HID high-bays of up to 400W, enabling significant energy savings. The Royal Mail can expect savings of £9,000 a year in energy costs. Judges thought that the lighting installation was a ‘massive improvement’ on the previous scheme which delivered ‘big savings’ for the client.
Lighting design: Romec/Philips -- Equipment: Philips GentleSpace
SHORTLISTED: Mabey Bridge factory, Chepstow – Holophane Europe
Lighting design: Mabey Bridge, Axiom Building Services, Holophane -- Equipment: Holophane
SHORTLISTED: Vaillant factory, Derbyshire – Interior Control
Lighting design: Interior Control -- Equipment: Dialight DuroSite LED High Bay
Commercial Project of the Year in association with
WINNER: Rothschild Bank, London – GIA Equation
GIA’s stunning scheme for Rothschild Bank is a worthy winner. The reception is illuminated with dimmable CMH downlighters. Daylight mimicking principles were used in all open-plan offices, using high-frequency dimmable T5 fluorescent luminaires with 3000K and 4000K lamps on alternate circuits. The meeting room floor is entirely lit by LED light sources using a combination of backlit fabric panels and LED downlights and wash lights. Judges described this as ‘a beautiful scheme’ with ‘great attention to detail’.
Lighting design: GIA Equation
HIGHLY COMMENDED: 2 Waterhouse Square, London – Hoare Lea Lighting
Lighting design: Hoare Lea Lighting -- Architect: EPR Architects
SHORTLISTED: Central Search Area, Gatwick Airport – Morgan Sindall Professional Service and Phi Lighting
M&E and lighting design: Morgan Sindall Professional Services -- Architect: 3D Reid -- Equipment: Phi Lighting, Radiant UK, Beta-Calco
SHORTLISTED: Fenchurch Street Station, London – Riegens Lighting/PB
Lighting design: Parsons Brinckerhoff -- Equipment: Riegens Lighting
SHORTLISTED: Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, London – Troup Bywaters & Anders
Lighting design: Troup Bywater & Anders -- Equipment: Boon, Philips, Wila, Selux, George Nelson, Kreon, Tizio
Urban Lighting Project of the Year in association with
WINNER: Bradford City Park – Arup
Carefully balancing the lighting for differing pedestrian experiences at Bradford City Park, Arup has delivered a flexible, playful night-time setting while maintaining the functional city centre. City Park has enhanced the overall image of Bradford and has provided a catalyst for regeneration. Judges called it a ‘transformative project’ that is ‘socially inclusive’.
Lighting design: Arup -- Lighting columns and sculpture: Wolfgang Buttress -- Interactive public art: Haque Design + Research -- Equipment: WE-EF, Erco, Encapsulite, ElektoLED, Philips, E:Cue
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Leicester Square, London – Burns + Nice
Scheme lead designers: Burns + Nice -- Concept design: Burns + Nice with dpa Lighting Design -- Design development: Burns + Nice with Arup Lighting and iGuzzini
HIGHLY COMMENDED: London 2012 Olympic Park Landscape and Public Realm – Sutton Vane Associates
Lighting design: Sutton Vane Associates -- Landscape architect: LDA Design -- Equipment: Philips
COMMENDED: Exhibition Road, London – Project Centre
Lighting design: Project Centre -- Equipment: Woodhouse
SHORTLISTED: Light Veils, Weymouth – Aquila Design/PB
Lighting design: Parsons Brinckerhoff and artists Vong Phaophanit and Claire Oboussier -- Equipment: Aquila Design
Retail and Leisure Project of the Year in association with
WINNER: Morrisons Stanground – Morrisons plc and NG Bailey
The Morrisons Stanground site is Europe’s first all-LED store, reducing energy costs, maintenance costs and installation time all by around 50 per cent. The store also uses daylight harvesting, working alongside Dali-controlled luminaires, with lightlines going down the aisles as opposed to Morrisons’ traditional cross-aisle approach. The project ‘takes quality low-energy LED lighting to a mass audience,’ said the judges.
Lighting design and installation: NG Bailey -- Equipment: Philips
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Manchester United Stadium Store – Paul Nulty Lighting Design
Lighting design: Paul Nulty Lighting Design -- Interior architect: Child Graddon Lewis -- Equipment: Flos, ACDC, Philip Payne, LTS, Atrium
COMMENDED: Bread Street Kitchen, London – Hoare Lea Lighting
Lighting design: Hoare Lea Lighting -- Architect: Emulsion Architects -- Equipment: ACDC, Lightgraphix
SHORTLISTED: Boux Avenue – Fagerhult
Interior designer: Ink Associates -- Equipment: Fagerhult
Architectural Lighting Project of the Year in association with
WINNER: Worth Abbey Church, East Sussex – DPA Lighting Design
The new lighting scheme at Worth Abbey Church significantly improves light levels for ambient and task requirements, using much longer life lamps and offering easy-to-access maintenance. The scheme is now fully scene-set dimmable and reused the existing luminaires where possible. With its sophisticated use of controls, this project ‘does exactly what the client requires it to’, said the judges.
Lighting design: DPA Lighting Design -- Architect: Heatherwick Studio -- Equipment: Mike Stoane Lighting, ACDC, Philips Color Kinetics, Lutron
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Titanic Signature Building, Belfast – Sutton Vane Associates
Lighting design: Sutton Vane Associates -- Architect: Todd Architects -- Equipment: ACDC, AM Light, Concord, Davey Lighting, Ecosense, ETC, Louis Poulsen, Lucent, Mike Stoane Lighting, PhotonStar, Precision Lighting, Projection Lighting, Remote Control Lighting, XAL
COMMENDED: Twin Sails Bridge, Poole – Speirs + Major
Lighting design: Speirs + Major -- Architect: Wilkinson Eyre -- Equipment: Crescent Lighting, Metamont, Abstract AVR, iGuzzini, Mike Stoane Lighting, Encapsulite, Sill
Client of the Year in association with
WINNER: Waitrose – nominated by Synergy
A client with a strong energy reduction agenda who is ‘consistently open to new ideas’, said the judges. Waitrose’s recently-opened Stratford store in east London is the world’s first Breeam ‘Outstanding’ retail project. Following successful trials at its Bracknell store, lighting one aisle with a specially designed 600 x 600mm LED module, Waitrose has lit the complete sales area of its new store in Stratford upon Avon with solid-state lighting. It is believed to be the first retail store in the UK to do this without exceeding an energy consumption of 10W/m2.
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Manchester Airport – nominated by MHA Lighting
SHORTLISTED: Capital Shopping Centres – nominated by Admiral Power and Lighting
SHORTLISTED: Oxford University Estates Directorate – nominated by CBG Consultants
SHORTLISTED: Network Rail – nominated by Arup
SHORTLISTED: Next – nominated by Projection Lighting
SHORTLISTED: Princess Alexandra Hospital – nominated by ArmadilloLED
Manufacturer of the Year in association with
WINNER: Harvard Engineering
Judges described the growth of Harvard as ‘the stand-out success story of the British lighting industry in recent years’. Its culture of ‘innovation and risk taking’ undoubtedly helped drive its growth to become one of the leaders in design, development and manufacture of electronic HID ballasts, LED drivers and control products. Its LeafNut wireless streetlighting control system has been a major technical success. The company has invested heavily in LED technology and the success of its CoolLED range of LED drivers has been a key contributor to growth. It has recently combined LeafNut with LED technology with the launch of its LeafNut-enabled CLP driver.
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Toshiba Lighting
COMMENDED: Edge Lighting Services
SLL Young Lighter of the Year in association with
WINNER: Sabine De Schutter
De Schutter delivered a paper entitled ‘Shadow defining space’.
SHORTLISTED: Sophia Klees
Klees delivered a paper called ‘Catching the light - Lighting for humans in an urban context’.
SHORTLISTED: Shane Nolan
Nolan delivered a paper called The National Roads Authority’s intelligent streetlighting pilot schemes’.
SHORTLISTED: Despina Tselegkaridou
Tselegkaridou delivered a paper entitled ‘The use of coloured light in the urban environment: is it time for legislation?’
Lighting Design Practice of the Year in association with
WINNER: Sutton Vane Associates
For the ‘sheer quality’ of its output over the period from the Olympic Park landscaping and public realm – which was both ‘sympathetic and iconic’ – to the ‘flawless’ treatment of the Crown Jewels, judges said SVA was the outstanding lighting design practice in 2012. The Crown Jewels won the Retrofit Lighting Project category while the Olympic Park in London and Titanic Belfast were highly commended in the Urban Lighting and Architectural Lighting Project categories respectively.
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Arup
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Paul Nulty Lighting Design
Lux Person of the Year in association with
Nigel Harvey, CEO, Recolight
The judges named Nigel Harvey the Lux Person of the Year to recognise his role in the ‘enormous sucess’ of Recolight, the leading compliance scheme for WEEE lamps in the UK. Under Harvey’s stewardship, the organisation has funded the recycling of over 125 million lamps, which has prevented a third of a tonne of mercury from entering landfill.
In 2010, lamps accounted for just two per cent of the tonnage of business electrical equipment placed on the market in the UK, but accounted for over 22 per cent of the business WEEE collected, according to Environment Agency figures. Much of the success is attributable to Harvey’s leadership and commitment to both the spirit and letter of the WEEE legislation.
Congratulations to all our winners!
The Lux Awards are presented by Lux in association with the Lighting Industry Association