The railway station lights controlled from a phone

AN EXTENSIVE smart lighting network has been unveiled at Redditch railway station.

The installation features light levels which react to the number of passengers on the platforms, remote real-time monitoring of all 71 luminaires, smart phone control by staff and carbon-offsetting at a tree plantation unique in the lighting industry. 

Train operator London Midland worked with Thorlux Lighting to specify a raft of cutting edge technologies. The lighting has transformed the platform areas and car park with higher light levels and presence detectors ensure the fittings brighten and dim depending on the time of day and the number of people around the station.

Some 169 saplings have been planted at Thorlux's land at Devauden in Wales, above, to offset the carbon from the lighting at Redditch railway station.

The individual lights are also connected to a central control service which allows the performance of each fitting to be monitored remotely, their individual performance assessed and any faults to be identified in real time. The property team at London Midland can also see how much energy each fitting has used and the amount spent on electricity.

While the LED lights at the station are brighter than the previous traditional-technology luminaires – light levels are now standardised at 100 lux – the energy use is reduced. Energy consumption at Redditch is also minimised through a carbon offsetting project managed by Thorlux.

The company has planted 169 trees across a 215 acre piece of land in Monmouthshire to offset the CO2 from the lighting. To date, the company has planted 150,000 trees, offsetting over 32,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide produced in the manufacture and use of its products.

The local MP, Rachel Maclean, views a demonstration of the smart-phone control of the lighting at the official switch-on 

The local MP, Rachel Maclean, said: ‘This is a real win win situation – saving electricity, helping the environment with less light pollution and helping what is an excellent local business increase their profile.’

 Rob Hornsey, head of route for Cross City services at London Midland, said: ‘This is another example of London Midland's commitment to using innovation to create simply better journeys for our customers. The partnership with Thorlux means we have a brighter, lighter, safer station that is also better for the environment.’

 Mark Austin, sales director at Thorlux Lighting, told Lux: ‘We were delighted to be selected as a supplier to London Midland, following a thorough evaluation process.  Our SmartScan lighting control and monitoring system precisely matched all of their requirements and aspirations.’


  • See Thorlux on stand H18 at LuxLive 2017, taking place on Wednesday 15 November and Thursday 16 November at ExCeL London. Entry is free if you pre-register HERE.



  • Intelligent lighting is the subject of the new Smart Spaces Campus feature at the LuxLive 2017 exhibition and conference. It runs on Wednesday 15 November and Thursday 16 November at ExCeL London. Entry is free if you pre-register HERE.



Picture: Roger Joanes