Could LED kill off pesticides for good?

Could LED make pesticides in farming a thing of the past? PLUS: Commuters rebel against lighting upgrade on Washington Metro. AND: US Navy buys American when it comes to lighting. Lux Today 3 May 2017.

How do I find a trustworthy manufacturer?

How do I find a trustworthy manufacturer?

The arrival of the LED has brought with it a whole slew of new companies and individuals with little or no history in the lighting industry. It’s also brought a lot of uncertainty, the lighting conventions that we grew up with have been mostly abandoned and have been replaced with . . . very little. There are no performance standards for LED product and that has left the specifier open to all kinds of deception. So who do we trust?

Moscow Metro gets facelift and circadian LED upgrade

Moscow Metro gets facelift and circadian LED upgrade

The Moscow Metro has a launched a new generation of trains featuring LED lighting that adapts to the time of day. With typical Russian understatement the Moscow authorities are labelling the new vehicles as the ‘the best metro trains in the world.’

Lux’s top ten emergency lighting stories

Lux’s top ten emergency lighting stories

Emergency lighting is critical. It has to be done right and in accordance with a whole stream of regulations and laws. Amid this changing and quickly altering landscape it is easy to come adrift or stray from the correct path.

US Navy told to ‘buy American’ when it comes to LED

US Navy told to ‘buy American’ when it comes to LED

President Donald Trump is laying down the law when it comes to ensuring that the federal government, which is one of the largest employers in the world, buys American. This means it’s boom time for US manufacturers when it comes to securing major lighting contracts.

LED on Washington Metro enrages city bigwigs

 LED on Washington Metro enrages city bigwigs

Washington DC, home to the American power elite, has seen many controversies rise and fall, the latest, however, doesn’t involve presidents or congressmen, but the new LED lighting on the city’s Metro network. And it's not only commuters that are enraged, lighting designers with any sense of history are cringing at the network's tinkering with an iconic, if unusual, scheme. 

LED has potential to end use of pesticides in farming

LED has potential to end use of pesticides in farming

Research is proving that light produced by LEDs has the ability to speed up plant growth and improve the taste of fruit and vegetables. However, researchers in the United States are also proving that LED light is able to reduce disease in plants, a discovery that could, ultimately, lead to the redundancy of expensive and unpopular pesticides. Lux caught up with Jaimin Patel, a plant pathologist at the Lighting Research Center of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, to find out more.

Value Proposition: Osram - Ultraflat System

Value Proposition: Osram - Ultraflat System

A good value proposition challenges the way that we see the world. It asks questions and suggests that there may be a different way of doing things. New ways of working often derive from implementing a new piece of technology combined with an attractive price structure, but it is rare for a value proposition to go to the heart of product design and suggest that the shape of the light fixtures that we make could look different. Lux's Applications Editor, John Bullock, heads into new territory in his latest Value Proposition.

Michael Grubb to lead colour in retail lighting webcast

Michael Grubb to lead colour in retail lighting webcast

Lux is all set to investigate the potential of light and colour in retail in a webcast, sponsored by Ledvance, and leading our discussion will be lighting designer, Michael Grubb, of Michael Grubb Studio. Grubb and his team clinched last year’s Hospitality and Leisure Lighting Project of the Year at 2016’s Lux Awards for their inventive lighting scheme at Lush’s flagship store in Manchester’s Arndale Centre.

All good lighting designers must respect their tools

All good lighting designers must respect their tools

A great sculptor, making a wonderful piece of sculpture, will have spent years learning about the materials he or she uses to create their masterpieces, are lighting designers as well versed in their tools? Mark Sutton Vane of Sutton Vane Associates makes a call for knowledge based creativity. 

Kent Council rakes in savings with massive LED project

Kent Council rakes in savings with massive LED project

​Kent County Council is the process of converting thousands of street lights, lit signs and bollards to LED, a large-scale project that is set to save the local authority millions in the medium to long-term by cutting energy consumption by up to 70 per cent.

Horticulture day set to reveal benefits of LED crop lighting

Horticulture day set to reveal benefits of LED crop lighting

Lux’s upcoming Horticultural Lighting Conference in Eindhoven is set to lay out what it takes to get crop lighting right in order to increase yields. The conference will begin with the basics and delve deeper as the day goes on. Light is the single most critical factor impacting the success of a controlled environment farm, but why is this the case?