Is new technology changing lighting designer's thinking?

Is new technology changing lighting designer's thinking?

For many years lighting design absorbed new technology and simply went about its creative business, because the changes were simply technical improvements that allowed designers to do the same old thing, but a little better than before. This is no longer the case. As advancing technology allows us to broaden our horizons, lighting designers have no excuse not to rip up the rule book and embrace truly inventive design. Lux's applications editor, John Bullock, issues a call to arms.

Cloud-based street lighting design takes off

Cloud-based street lighting design takes off

A British company is hoping to revolutionise street lighting design using the power of Cloud computing. The new system allows users to automate the analysis of luminaires, enabling manufacturers and lighting departments to calculate how a product would perform in a number of different road configurations and luminaire arrangements. 

Britain’s first Wi-Fi streetlight project unveiled

Britain’s first Wi-Fi streetlight project unveiled

The UK’s first Wi-Fi-enabled exterior lighting installation has been unveiled in Milton Keynes. In what engineers are describing as a ‘proof of concept’, the interactive streetlight outside the football ground on MK Dons FC also includes 360-degree LED lighting, CCTV and a remote-controlled public address system.

Lighting fixture design conference programme launched

Lighting fixture design conference programme launched

The speaker programme for Lux's two-day Lighting Fixture Design Conference has been launched. The gathering will take place at the Cavendish Centre in central London from the 21-22nd of February 2017.

The LED revolution has concluded, prices are falling and the industry's attention is turning to the digital world, to the internet of things and smart cities. This curated and timely conference aims to help you to map out your strategy for the digital lighting world.

 

LEDs and the next agricultural revolution

LEDs and the next agricultural revolution

While all the sound and fury has been coming from the human-centric lobby, there’s been a quiet revolution going on in the agricultural sector. John Bullock, Lux's applications editor, investigates. 

Top 10 products at LuxLive

Top 10 products at LuxLive

With over 200 companies exhibiting at this year 's LuxLive, it would have been a tricky task to see everything that the show had to offer.  But worry not if you fear that you might have missed a gem. Here are what we consider to be the best of the bunch, the cream of the crop, from this year's event.

Niagara Falls unveils spectacular LED lighting upgrade

Niagara Falls unveils spectacular LED lighting upgrade

The Niagara Falls Illumination Board has unveiled a new LED-based dynamic lighting system that makes the famed falls even more spectacular at night. The twin cities of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada and Niagara Falls, New York collaborated on the $4 million solid-state lighting (SSL) project that was undertaken by a consortium of lighting specialist and contracting firms including Ecco Electric, Salex and Mulvey & Banani Lighting Sceneworks, and Stanley Electric.

Northern eyes audacious energy reduction target

Northern eyes audacious energy reduction target

Northern operates more stations than any other train operating company in the UK, making the commitment in their new franchise agreement to reduce energy consumption across the network by 3.2 percent, every year, a particularly audacious one. The task is even more of a challenge because Northern, which has the oldest train fleet in the country and the oldest station stock, is often at the mercy of events. 

The instillation of LED across the Northern network, in train sheds and at stations, is a major part of Northern’s strategy to slash the yearly three percent.

We caught up with Euan Hilton, utilities contracts and data manager at Northern, during this year's LuxLive, to see how the operation is going.

Could light cure dementia?

Could LED help to cure Alzheimer’s? PLUS: Well and Breeam environmental standards to join forces. AND: Winner of Illuminated River competition revealed in London. Lux Today 13 December 2016.

Top 10 stories of the year

Top 10 stories of the year

2016 has been a rollercoaster year for the world and the industry. But what has been piquing your interest during the last 12 months? Here we reveal our ten most popular stories of the year. 

Obama blocks sale of German manufacturer to China

Obama blocks sale of German manufacturer to China

US President Barack Obama, in his final weeks in office, has blocked the sale of a German manufacturer to China, out of national security concerns. The company makes metal vapour deposition technology for the manufacture of LEDs, OLEDs, lasers and solar cells.

Pioneer Li-Fi company joins with Singapore government

Pioneer Li-Fi company joins with Singapore government

Scottish Li-Fi firm pureLiFi has announced that they are to work with the Singapore government to bring the revolutionary technology to the South-Asian city-state

The development is the latest leap forward in the up-hill gallop that is the progress of Li-Fi. The first live demonstration of the technology in front of an audience was given just a few weeks ago at LuxLive in London.

Could LED help to cure Alzheimer’s?

Could LED help to cure Alzheimer’s?

Flashing LED lights in the eyes of mice has been found to drastically reduce the levels of plaque in the brain, which in human beings can cause Alzheimer’s disease.

Research conducted by scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) found that light encouraged protective cells to destroy harmful proteins that accumulate in the brain prompting the onset of dementia.