Living walls are becoming a regular feature of architectural projects. But what happens when we build living walls within buildings where there is no access to natural illumination?
The Equality Act 2010 is intended to protect partially sighted people from unfair treatment in employment and when accessing public services. But what more can be done with light to make life a little more equable for those with disabilities? In particular, how can light be best utilised to benefit partially sighted people?
Nearly a third of people on the planet have never seen the Milky Way, due to artificial illumination in towns and cities. The situation is considerably worse in the United States, where 80 percent of people have never seen an unrestricted night sky view.
The technology behind hit app Pokemon Go looks set to revolutionise the lighting industry. PLUS: Pioneering new smart street lights are able to detect snowfall. AND: New York City gives go ahead for first underground park. Lux Today July 26th 2016.
The Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro has been described as ‘unsafe’ and ‘unlivable’ just two weeks before the Games are set to begin.
The LED revolution dealt a fatal blow to fibre optic lighting, right? Why would anyone want to use that kind of clunky kit when there’s an elegant, light-on-its-feet, technology like LED available. Well, whatever our techie friends might think, the fibre optic lighting system is far from dead. Indeed, its demise has been greatly exaggerated as fibre optic technology has found a way to live in an LED world.
Light can be a very effective treatment for dementia and Alzheimer’s due to its ability to improve sleep patterns and a new system from Osram is helping to do just that.
The Li-fi Centre is to install Li-fi technology at the California Golden State Warriors' new hi-tech sporting home.
Changes to the way the UK Government sets waste-handling targets means that most companies and organisations should now be able to access free lamp recycling. Nigel Harvey, chief of waste lighting compliance scheme Recolight, says the message needs to get out that there is a structured process for taking back end-of-life lighting equipment, and for most firms, it’s cost free. ‘We still come across many end users and facility managers that are being charged to deal with waste,’ says Harvey.
One of the UK’s first cloud-based lighting control installations has been commissioned. The project – at the Kent offices of leading infrastructure services company FM Conway – includes occupancy heat mapping, emergency self-test reporting, energy monitoring and status reporting across each luminaire. The lighting can also provide insight into how the building is used by its occupants, validating the energy savings and giving quantitate data around availability and uptime.