Final day of LuxLive opens in London

THOUSANDS of clients, lighting professionals and specifiers turned out for the first day of LuxLive 2019 in London yesterday to listen to speakers in six arenas and theatres and view innovations from over 200 exhibitor brands.

Visitors praised the quality of the expert speakers as well as the leading-edge technology on display.

Visitors praised the quality of the expert speakers as well as the leading-edge technology on display.

Popular conference tracks included the Smart Spaces + Smarter Lighting conference, the Lighting for Workplace and Wellbeing conference and the Women in Lighting sessions.

Today’s programme includes The Illuminated City conference track which will explore the key considerations, recommendations and advice for lighting the urban environment.

Speakers include Graham Woodward, associate director at Atkins Global who will discuss the issue of masterplanning for cities.

It will cover how to light the places and routes created in masterplans and design strategies and explore of different approaches, responding to varied geographies and contexts from international to local.

London’s ambitious Illuminated River project, a new public art commission that is lighting up to 15 bridges on the Thames and helping transform the way we see the capital at night, will be discussed in a special dedicated session.

Sarah Gaventa, Director of the Illuminated River Foundation, will outline the concept of the project, the delivery of the first four bridges now lit, and the role the project plays in a wider discussion about London at night.

Meanwhile, Illuminated River lighting engineer, Jonathan Gittins, from Atelier Ten, will provide insight into the design process and technical challenges that have been overcome in bringing the longest public artwork in the world to the public.

It will be followed by a keynote on ‘urban lighting for people’. L

Lighting illuminates and enhances our experience of built environment and allows people to travel around their immediate neighbourhood and the wider city.

This session explores research into the effect of urban lighting on behavior, environmental psychology and social interaction. The presentation is by Dr Navaz Davoudian, senior lighting researcher at University College London.

A panel discussion – dubbed Urban lighting: Isn’t it time we based it on evidence? – will explore how lighting professionals creating schemes for the urban environment have moved from a ‘city beautification’ approach to one based on putting people first.

But do we really know what ‘lighting for people’ really means? And why isn’t the research applied in practice? Our panel includes Elettra Bordonaro, founder and creative director of Light Follows Behaviour,  Don Slater, associate professor in sociology at the London School of Economics, Isabel Kelly, lighting designer at Arup, Dan Lister, associate at Arup and Dr Navaz Davoudian, senior lighting researcher of University College London.

An important session on light pollution follows the debate. Since we spent our days hunting mammoths, our lifestyles have changed and the urban landscape is rapidly developing resulting in a ‘human’ desire for night-time activity.

As a consequence, we are turning night into day through the introduction of artificial lighting. But lighting is so easy to do and so easy to get wrong, especially in terms of over-lighting and obtrusive light to the environment and the natural habitat.

Here Lee Gunner, lighting principal at Brentwood Lighting Design, discusses light pollution, law, criteria, mitigation and assessment.

Today also features Society of Light and Lighting Young Lighter of the Year 2019 competition.

The finalists competing for the coveted title of Young Lighter of the Year give their mini-presentations to a team of expert judges. The competition is in its 25th year and the winner will be announced at the Lux Awards 2019 later this evening.

New for this year on the floor of the exhibition is an ambitious new feature, designed to drive adoption of the exciting Sensor Ready (SR) standard.

For the first time Signify is exhibiting alongside partners from its SR programme in a newly created Signify SR Partnership Zone.

Big names participating in the ‘show within a show’ include Enlighted, Gooee, Current by GE, Ubisys, CP Electronics, Itron, Nedap and Urban Controls.


  • LuxLive 2019 takes place at ExCeL London. All the conferences are free to end users and specifiers and approved for CPD points. To view the full programme of events, click HERE.