Rail experts are set to gather in London for a special conference considering the current state of lighting on the rail network. The event will address the key issue of driver-only operation, which is prompting strike action across the UK network.
A report by regulatory body the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has found that a number of UK railway stations in southern England fail to meet lighting standards.
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.
It’s a well known fact that LED can save you money and breaking the law is generally not required to do this. Some people take things too far though. The director of terminal maintenance at Miami International Airport has been charged with fraud after it was discovered that he had purchased 9,000 LED luminaires worth $3.5 million…for $8.8 million and pocketed the change.
The shortlist has been unveiled for the 'Illuminated River' contest, a multi-million pound scheme, which will see new lighting designs unveiled for all of cental London's Thames bridges.
'Surreal' ambient lighting could be used to prevent drivers suffering psychological problems while driving through what is set to become ‘the world’s longest tunnel’.
The last frontier of the LED revolution has been high-power applications such as high-mast area lighting, where fixtures with massive lumen packages are required. It now looks like that last frontier is being well and truly conquered, as organisations switch from discharge technologies. A good example is Heathrow Airport in London, one of the busiest airports in the world. The apron lighting has now been upgraded fom high-pressure sodium to LED.
The shortlist for the 2016 Lux Awards has been announced and this year the list features a whole host of impressive projects and inventive new technology.
In Lux's latest Design Clinic, technical editor Alan Tulla sets out three alternative ways to light a multi-storey car park.
The German rail network is set to install over 1 million LED luminaires in an ambitious replacement plan to cut energy use by 25 per cent. Deutsche Bahn says the €5 billion (US$5.7 billion) programme – which will take up to 15 years – will see all lights with traditional technologies including fluorescent, mercury and sodium replaced on 5,400 railway stations, 4,700 rail yards and 50 maintenance depots.