How to light a building facade

How to light a building facade

Modern building facades can be just as worthy of floodlighting as historic ones. It’s the quality of architecture that counts rather than the age of the structure. 

London bridges plan in troubled water as critics pan ideas

London bridges plan in troubled water as critics pan ideas

The lighting schemes unveiled as part of the Illuminated River design competition to illuminate central London's river bridges have received a frosty response from lighting designers. The submissions, which include proposals to link each bridge with lasers of light, were slammed as ‘impractical’ online. It was also noted by designers that the project will only add further to London’s light pollution problem.

Radical designs unveiled to light London's bridges

Radical designs unveiled to light London's bridges

A set of radical lighting schemes have been unveiled as part of the Illuminated River design competition to illuminate central London's river bridges. The submissions, produced by a number of international designers, include proposals to link each bridge with lasers of light, bathe London Bridge in a fiery hue and plant retro light posts in the waters of the river itself.

Is this the world's longest lasting LED installation?

Is this the world's longest lasting LED installation?

Pulsar is claiming a world first after 12 LED panels on the front of their factory building in Cambridge clocked up 11 years of unbroken use. The panels were installed in 2005 and are still going strong now, prompting Pulsar to claim another world record for the longest lasting LED installation.

Smart lighting revolution reaches Swaziland

Smart lighting revolution reaches Swaziland

A network of smart sensory street lights is being installed in the Kingdom of Swaziland. In the West, smart street lights are being used, in most cases, to monitor traffic, but in developing countries they can be put to an entirely different use altogether.

The best of Lighting Spy

The best of Lighting Spy

Lighting professionals: What you see may upset you. Ray Molony counts down Lighting Spy’s Top 40 worst crimes, blunders and screw-ups.

 

Most Americans have never seen stars due to pollution

Most Americans have never seen stars due to pollution

Nearly a third of people on the planet have never seen the Milky Way, due to artificial illumination in towns and cities. The situation is considerably worse in the United States, where 80 percent of people have never seen an unrestricted night sky view. 

Why LEDs have a key role in the horticulture revolution

Why LEDs have a key role in the horticulture revolution

In the most basic sense, light is crucial for most living things residing above deep sea level. Plants use light to develop by a process of photosynthesis, where CO2 is converted into carbohydrate in the chloroplasts of the plant cells. It is also possible to enable photosynthesis using artificial light, and control the development, shape, and flowering period of a plant. 

Seven ways to avoid a security lighting nightmare

Seven ways to avoid a security lighting nightmare

So you want to install security lighting to keep the villains away, how difficult can that be? Well, there are a few pitfalls that are best avoided. Here are some mistakes to dodge when securing your property.