20170131_montreal

Health fears make city think twice on major LED decision

The city of Montreal will settle on a final decision next week on the increasingly controversial matter of replacing 132,000 street lights with LED. It had originally been intended that the current incandescent street fixtures would be replaced with 4,000 Kelvin LEDs. However, after a number of negative reports, including one from the American Medical […]

20170129_we-ef

WE-EF joins Fagerhult Group

(Sweden) – Change of ownership expected to streamline organisational structure with the aim to expand WE-EF brand, product portfolio and global sales. Exterior lighting specialist WE-EF has announced that its shareholders and joint venture partners have chosen to join the Stockholm-based Fagerhult Group. This change towards centralised ownership is expected to pave the way for a […]

20170127_amazon

Lighting in new DC area homes will feature Amazon voice controls

The IoT rises as the Alexa system will also let people verbally boss around thermostats, window blinds, door locks, and all sorts. In another example of the property business pushing into smart lighting, home construction company Brookfield Residential said it is building smart homes in the Washington, DC area featuring voice control of lights and […]

20170126_munch

Munch’s $54m Girls on the Bridge will be highlight of billionaire’s new museum in Potsdam

Edvard Munch’s Girls on the Bridge, which sold for $54.5m at Sotheby’s New York in November, will be one of the biggest attractions of a new private museum in Potsdam, Germany that is due to open to the public on 23 January. The painting, which will form part of the inaugural exhibition Modern Art Classics: […]

20170124_lumileds

Philips Sells 80.1% Shares of Lumileds to Apollo Global Management

Royal Philips announced that it has signed an agreement to sell an 80.1% interest in Lumileds, a leading supplier of LED components and automotive lighting, to certain funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC (NYSE: APO) (together with its consolidated subsidiaries: “Apollo”). Philips will retain the remaining 19.9% interest* in Lumileds. An analyst […]

20170122_humancentric

How to design human centric lighting – by scientist who discovered it

The lighting industry needs to take a much more ‘dynamic’ approach to lighting workplaces, Professor Russell Foster has said in an interview with Lux. Foster is credited with discovering light sensitive ganglion cells in the retina of the eye, which influence the body’s internal clock. ‘We started working on mice with inherited retinal problems that […]

20170121_hubbel

Hubbell Lighting unveils new Lighting Solutions Center

(USA) – 25,000sqft space dedicated to art and science of lighting and controls technology. Hubbell Lighting has announced that it has cut the ribbon on its newly renovated Lighting Solutions Center (LSC). The LSC, based in Hubbell Lighting’s headquarters in Greenville, S.C. USA, serves as the centrepiece of its commitment to train, educate and develop solutions as lighting […]

20170119_ugly

Lighting business is getting ugly, says top analyst

Dorsheimer – named as one of the 10 most influential people in lighting – warned an audience at the Strategies in Light conference in Santa Clara, California today that ‘the first step to fixing a problem is to admitting that you have one.’ Leading lighting analyst Jed Dorsheimer says the sector is at a crucial […]

20170117_silver

Panasonic, Silver Spring set to really push street lights beyond illumination in Denver

Many IoT street lighting projects deliver smart lighting but little else for now. This one could actually soon monitor air, park cars, transmit Wi-Fi, and more. A Denver partnership between a Panasonic technology group and the outdoor wireless networking specialist Silver Spring Networks could lead to one of the first intelligent street lighting systems in […]

20170116_panel

LED panels can ruin fire rating of ceilings

Lack of proper fire protection within luminaire specifications can be very dangerous and could lead to disaster. We have seen yet more lurid headlines in the press, reporting that hospital projects built under Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contracts have been condemned as unsafe following inspections of fire protection measures. The stories are being spun as […]