Northern eyes audacious energy reduction target

Northern eyes audacious energy reduction target

Northern operates more stations than any other train operating company in the UK, making the commitment in their new franchise agreement to reduce energy consumption across the network by 3.2 percent, every year, a particularly audacious one. The task is even more of a challenge because Northern, which has the oldest train fleet in the country and the oldest station stock, is often at the mercy of events. 

The instillation of LED across the Northern network, in train sheds and at stations, is a major part of Northern’s strategy to slash the yearly three percent.

We caught up with Euan Hilton, utilities contracts and data manager at Northern, during this year's LuxLive, to see how the operation is going.

Designers battle to light London's river bridges

Designers battle to light London's river bridges

The shortlist has been unveiled for the 'Illuminated River' contest, a multi-million pound scheme, which will see new lighting designs unveiled for all of cental London's Thames bridges.

Smart traffic lights to 'talk' to cars

Smart traffic lights to 'talk' to cars

Judging when green traffic lights are going to switch to red has always been a difficult business. But now Audi has developed a smart-dashboard that can communicate with traffic lights and inform drivers when the lights are about to change.

Heathrow Terminal 5 gets LED makeover

Heathrow Terminal 5 gets LED makeover

The last frontier of the LED revolution has been high-power applications such as high-mast area lighting, where fixtures with massive lumen packages are required. It now looks like that last frontier is being well and truly conquered, as organisations switch from discharge technologies. A good example is Heathrow Airport in London, one of the busiest airports in the world. The apron lighting has now been upgraded fom high-pressure sodium to LED. 

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.

 

German railway set to install 1 million LED luminaires

German railway set to install 1 million LED luminaires

The German rail network is set to install over 1 million LED luminaires in an ambitious replacement plan to cut energy use by 25 per cent. Deutsche Bahn says the €5 billion (US$5.7 billion) programme – which will take up to 15 years – will see all lights with traditional technologies including fluorescent, mercury and sodium replaced on 5,400 railway stations, 4,700 rail yards and 50 maintenance depots.

Seventeen London bridges to be lit in £20m project

Seventeen London bridges to be lit in £20m project

Lighting designers are being asked to submit ideas for an ambitious £20 million plan to turn the Thames into a river of light. Unveiled by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and dubbed the ‘Illuminated River’, the project will see every major bridge between the Albert bridge and Tower bridge lit up in spectacular nightly display. 

Paris firm wins contract to supply Li-fi for Metro

Paris firm wins contract to supply Li-fi for Metro

A French firm has won the contract to supply internet-over-lighting technology on the Paris Metro. The ambitious project – which will allow over two million daily commuters to use lights as a form of Wi-fi, dubbed ‘Li-fi’ – now looks firmly on track. Already La Defense station has been successfully equipped with the tech.

Why London Bridge refurb is one of the UK's most complex

Why London Bridge refurb is one of the UK's most complex

Lux Review will be hosting a one-day Lighting for Rail Conference 2016 on 22 June. We’re happy to welcome Sacha Abizadeh, Senior Engineer at WSP, who will be talking about the lighting design proposals for the £6.5B refurbishment of London Bridge station

Value Proposition: Car park lighting

Value Proposition: Car park lighting

Our Value Proposition looks at the benefits of upgrading from traditional fluorescent tubes to LED arrays in a typical car park scheme, using IP-rated luminaires.