Conference report: The growing pains of LED

Conference report: The growing pains of LED

Research suggests that LEDs have the potential to improve quality and increase yields in commercial horticulture. But how easy will it be to translate theory into practice? The recent Horticultural Lighting Conference in Eindhoven brought together researchers, manufacturers and growers to explore progress to date

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?

State-of-the-art controls demo centre opens in London

State-of-the-art controls demo centre opens in London

A state-of-the-art demonstration centre for lighting controls has opened in London. The 6,300-square-foot facility – which includes hotel bedrooms, dining areas, a lobby and offices all kitted out with the latest technology – allows end users and specifiers to see firsthand how controls can transform a space at a touch of a button.

10 ways to win a Lux Award

10 ways to win a Lux Award

The Lux Awards reward the organisations that are using lighting to making a difference to their buildings and facilities. Now in their seventh year, the awards are well established as the way to get real industry recognition for your lighting achievements. If you think you deserve a Lux Award, here are 10 insider tips to help you along the path to glory…

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.

Revisited: Saint Paul’s Cathedral, London

Revisited: Saint Paul’s Cathedral, London

​Over a decade on from a groundbreaking lighting project featuring a highly sophisticated control system, we revisit Saint Paul’s Cathedral in London to assess how the design has stood the test of time

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. 

Footfall Lighting takes LED handrail to next step

Footfall Lighting takes LED handrail to next step

Handrail lighting has come of age as a consequence of the LED revolution. All large estate organisations need to ensure safety of movement on stairs and ramps inside and outside of their buildings. But the traditional solutions of lighting mounted at high level are becoming increasingly costly to maintain. A light source that combines low energy, low heat output, small physical size and with a long operating life answers many of the demands of the facilities and estate manages who look after these installations.