Chepstow streetlight switch-off threatens drunks

Chepstow streetlight switch-off threatens drunks

Chepstow will soon become the latest British locality to turn off street lights during the wee hours, over the protests of taxi drivers who have provided yet another reason why it's a bad idea: They might run over hard-to-see drunks.

New material could slash LED costs

New material could slash LED costs

Researchers at Cambridge and Oxford universities have demonstrated a new way of making LEDs that could eventually slash manufacturing costs.

They're off. They're on. They're off. Action heats up in great British streetlight battle

They're off. They're on. They're off. Action heats up in great British streetlight battle

The roundup over the last week on UK streets: Lights Off 2, Lights On 1. As the debate continues on how best to save energy and on whether turning off lights increases or decreases crime, the city of Exeter and the town of Loughborough both scored for the “Offs,” while Gloucestershire kicked in with an “On”, taking the next step in a countywide LED deployment.

And now, natural light makes nurses laugh

And now, natural light makes nurses laugh

Earlier this week we wrote that office workers confined to spaces away from natural light are tired and weary compared to their colleagues by the window, as a U.S. study observed. 

Now, like the proverbial string of buses, another study has come right along revealing the same general effect and more: People who work near the window laugh more.

Windowless workers are losing sleep

Windowless workers are losing sleep

More fodder for those who believe that exposure to the wrong kind of light undermines sleep: Employees who work in windowless areas rest poorly at night compared to their colleagues with a view.

LEDs brighten up offices at Dept. of Energy and Climate Change

LEDs brighten up offices at Dept. of Energy and Climate Change

Here's one for the practise what you preach file: The government's energy department has replaced the lighting in its London headquarters building with efficient LEDs which it says are indeed cutting electricity consumption and that have also improved brightness.

Nighttime light impedes cancer drug

Nighttime light impedes cancer drug

The latest twist in the good light/bad light health saga is an alarming one: Exposure to even low levels of bedroom light could stop a key breast cancer drug from working, U.S. research suggests.