Does a Lux Award bring good luck? It certainly seems that way if you look at what past winners have gone on to achieve. We caught up with five past winners to find out what they 've been up to. Don't forget to get your entries in for this year's awards at luxawards.co.uk by Friday 3 July!
The skylight that brings sunlight to basements
Everybody was amazed when Dr Paolo di Trapani revealed his invention: a brand new type of artificial skylight called CoeLux that, for the first time, reproduces the physical phenomenon that makes the sky appear blue.
CoeLux won the Light Source Innovation of the Year trophy at the Lux Awards 2014, and more than a million people watched Lux’s video about the incredible skylight.
Install it in a basement and it looks like bright daylight is flooding in -- perfect for the 'iceberg homes' that billionaires are creating in cities like London, with huge underground spaces. But the lighting community found it hard to imagine anyone else coughing up the five-figure sum required to actually buy a CoeLux.
That was until May this year, when Lux reported that a hospital in Milan has become the first building to install a CoeLux. It lives in a windowless underground bunker in the radiosurgery department of Humanitas University Hospital, where patients are treated for brain tumours. It's the perfect application for CoeLux, really -- patients need to feel comfortable and at ease, but the risk of radiation means there can't be any real windows.
CoeLux has also recently entered the market in the Middle East, where its distributor, Acoulite, hopes it will appeal to the retail, residential and hospitality sectors. At the rate new buildings pop up in places like Abu Dhabi and Dubai, that could very well make CoeLux a (wealthy) household name.
From efficiency to ambience
It’s not easy to implement change and adopt new technology in a risk-averse sector governed by safety concerns, standards and regulations. In spite of the barriers, London Underground had already rolled out LED lighting to a number of stations in 2013 when it was named Industrial and Transport Project of the Year.
Not long after, Bob Benn, who's in charge of stations engineering for London Underground, told Lux that stations currently being refurbished, including Tottenham Court Road, Bond Street and Victoria, are getting 100 per cent LED lighting.
But for London Underground, lighting is no longer just about safety and efficiency: this year, the organisation has put together a station design guide, including advice on lighting developed with the help of top designer Paul Nulty.
'We want to create a better ambience, we want to look at retail experiences and really add an element of delight and surprise to each station in a unique way,' said Ivan Perre, electrical engineer at Transport for London.
Recycling leader with influence in Europe
Nigel Harvey, CEO, Recolight –
Lux Person of the Year 2012
Nigel Harvey was named Lux Person of the Year 2012, recognising his role in the success of WEEE compliance scheme Recolight, which helps lighting manufacturers meet their recycling obligations under European law.
Back then, the organisation had funded the recycling of over 125 million lamps. Now, that figure is in excess of 200 million. That means over 800kg of poisonous mercury has been prevented from entering landfill.
The number of producer members has also risen significantly, from 119 at the time of the Lux Awards in 2012 to 155 now.
Harvey recently became secretary of Eucolight, a new European association of WEEE compliance schemes.
He has also represented industry body Lighting Europe at the European Commission, in discussions on future recycling targets.
The best-selling innovation for high ceilings
Holophane’s Haloprism is radically different from other LED high bays. The LEDs are arranged in a ring behind a glass diffuser, with the driver in a ventilated chamber in the middle. In 2013, the Lux Award judges were impressed by the innovative design and impressive output of up to 38,000lm, picking Haloprism as the Interior Luminaire of the Year.’
Since then, the powerful high bay has won many other prizes and been installed at sites including Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre, Sainsbury’s in Wolverhampton (pictured), Milton Keynes railway station and a number of other locations. Recently, Holophane won a contract to install the Haloprism in a major UK automotive factory.
‘It’s one of our top-selling products and it still gives us an edge over our competitors,’ says Aroon Varma, marketing manager of Holophane. ‘There is no other project on the market that uses the glass lens system and the self-cleaning properties that the Haloprism has. We’ll be looking to continually update and improve it.’
A British success story
Projection (now known as Lumenpulse AlphaLED) –
Manufacturer of the Year 2013
Projection is one of the great success stories of the lighting industry in the UK. Founded by former CEO Gary Heald (pictured) in 1991, Projection’s British-made products deliver excellent quality of light backed by a strong warranty. This helped the Manchester-based company gain contracts with the likes of Next, Co-op, Asda, Burger King and Caffe Nero.
Projection’s success was recognised with a commendation for the Lux Exporter of the Year Award in 2011, and later with the Manufacturer of the Year trophy in 2013.
Another big win followed in 2014, when Canadian manufacturer Lumenpulse bought Projection for £16.6 million. Now the company is enjoying continued success under its new name, Lumenpulse AlphaLED.
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