It's a streetlight! It's a car charger! It's from BMW!

It's a streetlight! It's a car charger! It's from BMW!

Traditional lighting companies are already threatened by internet companies. Now they'll have to compete against auto giants too. The German car maker unveils a Swiss army knife of digital convergence – a combo LED streetlamp and electric vehicle charger.

The pitfalls of savings-based LED street lighting deals

The pitfalls of savings-based LED street lighting deals

Municipal officials who can't afford to pay for the upfront costs of converting to LED street lighting could consider no-money-down alternative schemes in which they pay via yearly installments out of their energy savings – but they should be aware that such arrangements can be tricky.

German city goes batty for LED-lit recreational trail

German city goes batty for LED-lit recreational trail

When Wuppertal wanted to convert 14 miles of disused railway into a bike and walking path, it had a problem: Bats lived in the tunnels, they're a threatened species and they don't like light. Digital controls and directional lighting to the rescue.

Davey defends UK energy policy

Davey defends UK energy policy

Ed Davey has responded to accusations that the coalition ‘doesn’t have an energy policy’, saying the government ‘is tackling the legacy of decades of under-investment in the UK’s energy infrastructure’.

The airport that can’t turn off the lights

The airport that can’t turn off the lights

Berlin's new airport has been designed as a showpiece for sophisticated German engineering, but there’s one small hitch: no-one can turn off the lights.

The luminaires at the massive Willy Brandt Airport are illuminated 24-hours a day because the contractors building the US$5.6 billion (€4.3 billion) project can’t turn them off.