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UN Report says that $10bn of precious metals dumped each year in electronic waste.

Tiny amounts of precious metals are used in electronic circuitry, and generally considered not to be cost-effective to ...
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Deep-red light improves eyesight in older people says new research from UCL

A new study from University College London (UCL) is suggesting that people of a certain age could improve ...
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Luminaire testing: absolute v. relative photometry

Richard Hayes is seething about testing! What's going on? . Let’s clear this up once and for all. ...
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The Lighting Tree

The Lighting Tree: Lora Kaleva

Lora is a Senior Lighting Designer with BDP. She represents a new class of lighting designer that we’re ...
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An Alternative Future: What if no Watt?

Did it really have to be like this? Imagine that Mother Watt had just clipped young Jimmy’s ear ...
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Lighting Living Walls: finding the best white light for the job.

I’m sitting at my desk on the hottest day of the year (so far – who knows what ...
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Our Favourite Lights (3)

Chris Fordham is Talking to The Editors! Design feels personal, and much like other forms or art, drawing, ...
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Circular LED Parks – what?

Life gets exciting when you can join up the dots . . . it suggests that you might ...
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Recolight: Lighting and the Circular Economy

. Industry experts in sustainability and product design discuss how the lighting sector can address its environmental impact ...
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What a WASTE of a Smart Opportunity

The Light Review has been highlighting the importance of bringing plastics back into the productive materials feedstock stream ...
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A Plastics future for Lighting?

When I first got involved in sustainability in the lighting industry - a decade ago – the standing ...
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Icehotel

The Icehotel: Chris Fordham in conversation with Luca Roncoroni – Ice Architect

We recently published an article by Chris Fordham, in conversation with Ice Architect Luca Roncoroni, talking about the ...
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Recolight: online marketplaces criticised for allowing WEEE non-compliance to flourish

The European WEEE Registers Network (EWRN) this week released a report that strongly condemns online marketplaces for the ...
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Plastics and 3D Printing: the future of luminaire production?

Coen Liedenbaum, Venture Manager at Signify and ‘entrepreneurial innovator’ sees the future of luminaires coming out of the ...
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ILP: makes the case for Good Lighting in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic

On Thursday 4 June Members of the Lords will debate the economic lessons learned from the Covid-19 pandemic and ...
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Recolight: The Circular Economy and new regulations and standards that will change lighting

The Lighting Industry came together on 28 May to listen in to Recolight’s webinar highlighting proposals for new ...
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Light Creators: Luca Roncoroni – Ice Architect and Creative Director of the IceHotel

The famous 15th Century renaissance architect, and initiator of renaissance art theory Leon Alberti, once described beauty as ...
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New SLL President aims to Build Back Better

“With the Covid-19 lockdown leading to a cut in C02 emissions, it has also triggered an economic downturn, ...
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Bridgelux introduces new metric for matching LEDs to natural light: Average Spectral Difference

As if we didn’t have enough ways to measure the quality of light, Bridgelux steps up to propose ...
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Smart specifications – How to get what you want, or end up with what you are given?

Mark Cooper of Smart City Products joins The Light Review commentary team. We all want "the moon on ...
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Institution of Lighting Professionals and International Nighttime Design Initiative announce friendship agreement

Commencing on 16 May 2020, the International Day of Light, the two associations announced they would work in ...
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Light Creators: Nicola Schellander – crafted luxury

Chris Fordham goes in search of an inspirational designer determined to single-handedly re-ignite the historic British glassmaking industry. ...
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CIE: new Position Statement on use of UV radiation to manage the risk of Covid-19 transmission

At the end of March CIE made two of its key publications concerning the use of UV for disinfection ...
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Recolight: WEEE Support Grants and Loans Package

Interest free loans to support waste electrical and lamp recyclers during the Coronavirus crisis The Waste Electrical and ...
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Frankfurt Light+Building 2020 CANCELLED

This statement was issued by the organisers of Frankfurt Light+Building today. New date: Light + Building will be ...
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Our Favourite Lights (2)

We started this little essential journey (for our communal health) with a select group of lighting designers - ...
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Gatekeeping the Specification

So, tell me, how do you decide on a specification? What’s going on that you choose that fixture ...
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Thomas Holgeth – is talking Specials

.I’m not sure - it might only be me - but I’m pretty certain our lighting industry is ...
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Recolight: Lighting and the Circular Economy – webinar 28 May

The Recolight Circular Economy webinar will take place on May 28 at 11am. The webinar will give attendees ...
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uvtio antimicrobial lighting responds to COVID-19 in China

Early in the days of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Chinese government worked with uvtio, a UK lighting company ...
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7 ways to spot a quality LED lamp (and avoid the duds)

One of the best-kept secrets in the LED world is knowing where to buy (and specify) decent quality ...
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Explainer: something about Photons

This piece should be read with The Moody Blues ‘In Search of The Lost Chord’ playing softly in ...
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Trump: The New Joker?

I had more important things planned for this morning than doing this. If The Most Powerful Man On ...
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Our Favourite Lights (1)

Maybe not an original thought, but while we're all stuck at home, let's give it a bit of ...
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LIA: A statement on UVC germicidal lighting

We've been highlighting the potential risks associated with UV-C disinfection, given the proliferation of products appearing on the ...
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Book Review: The Little Book of Colour by Karen Haller

There’s nothing quite like a lockdown to help create a space to ponder the eternal verities and take ...
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The Lighting Tree

The Lighting Tree: Ray Pang

Ray is a co-founder of Match Lighting Studio. His background in Architecture and Engineering drives a passion for ...
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The Rule of Three

The Rule of Three: A meditation on residential lighting design [Video Podcast]

Every project is different . . every project is the same: two sides of a coin Certainly, for ...
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EDA Sector Survey 2019: insights into the old manufacturer+wholesaler+contractor three-step

The Electrical Distributors’ Association (EDA) likes to keep a finger on the pulse of the electrical supply sector ...
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Give me something interesting to do – please!

Chris Fordham and I were e-chatting . . . there must be something interesting to do, quoth I. ...
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Explainer: the UV disinfection spectrum

The lighting industry began to take an interest in UV lighting about four years ago, when UV LEDs ...
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Book Review: Our House Is On Fire

Why is a website dedicated to Good Lighting bothering with a book about the Climate Crisis? Well - ...
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The spektd Interview

The Spektd Interview [Video Podcast]

Spektd is a new on-line platform, designed by and for lighting designers, with the express intention of helping ...
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Beware flesh-burning UV-C Death Lamps!

If your inbox is anything like mine, you’ll have noticed that there seems to be a lot of ...
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Sustainability challenge

Sustainability Challenges [Video Podcast]

John Bullock is challenging the lighting industry to become more sustainable.
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Light and Colour: in perfect harmony

Could I write something about the relationship between Light and Colour?Probably . . . Light and Colour - ...
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Staying Healthy during LockDown

None of us have any idea how long the current situation is going to last. Any information on ...
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JB memory lane

You Mean You Charge for This Kind of Thing? [Podcast]

The old designer-client riff is a constant source of hard-wearing material for teeth-gnashing and general grumpiness. Here's a couple ...
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JB memory lane

Protracted Parsimony [Podcast]

Some things never change . . . like clients and their attitude to budgets. This was written for ...
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Dear Prime Minister . . .

Tracey White, Chief Executive of the Institution of Lighting Professionals (ILP) has written to the Prime Minister asking ...
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Bad Business and The Supply Mesh

Up until the current health crisis I, like many of us, had been watching another crisis unfold at ...
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What is the Circular Economy and Why is it Important?

This article was written for LightLines, the journal for the Society of Light and Lighting and appears in ...
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Tamlite: taking back control with Starlite

It’s time that we talked about lighting controls. The LED came in with fanfares and circuses, taking everyone’s ...
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RIBA Plan of Work 2020 is good for lighting specification

The RIBA has published its Plan of Work 2020 and very interesting reading it makes. Why do we ...
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Orluna showing the way on coronavirus management

Its said that management during the good times simply involves turning up and watching things happen. As we ...
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Online training for asset managers and street lighting engineers launched by Institution of Lighting Professionals

Institution of Lighting Professionals (ILP) Guidance Note 22, Asset-Management Toolkit: Minor Structures - ATOMS is the key document for everyone ...
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SLL Lighting Factfile 16: Visual Guide to Emergency Lighting and Signage

Paul Ruffles has produced this very handy visual Factfile that is useful for anyone involved in emergency lighting, ...
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Latest news from LIA

Unique Commercial Photometric Service Launches The Lighting Industry Association (LIA) is pleased to announce a collaboration with 42 ...
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Light Creators; James Turrell’s Constellation series

James Turrell, light artist extraordinaire, has returned to the UK with a solo exhibition of new works at ...
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3 More Knocks . . . light, according to Mary Rushton-Beales

Its hard to believe that a whole month has gone by since my first missive. In that time ...
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Product review: Dyson Lightcycle Morph

A new light offering from Dyson is always worth getting out of bed for . . . or ...
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The Circular Economy: avoiding the GreenWash

These are difficult times to be a lighting manufacturer; or a lighting distributor; or a lighting agent. You ...
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Lewes Light 2020

Latest news from the South Coast: Lewes Light is a matter of DAYS away and it's all getting ...
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Frankfurt Light+Building 2020: Covid-19 Update

This press release was issue by the organisers of Frankfurt Light+Building 2020 today: . Facts first: international technology ...
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Recolight Circular Economy Conference: News Update – NEW DATE ANNOUNCED!!

We've heard from the Recolight back office that things are going Splendidly in the run-up to the Circular ...
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JB memory lane

Angels and Lumens [Podcast]

I’ve been going back through the archives and came across a file marked Total Bullock. This was a ...
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Urbis Schréder: Adaptive Lighting at Frankfurt Light+Build 2020

We’ve spent the last few months talking about the way that Public Realm lighting is changing. Clients are ...
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Light Creators: Bruce Munro – Time And Place

Chris Fordham reports: Driving in the evening through rural Wiltshire on the way to a Light Show, I ...
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SG Lighting: the Headline acts for Frankfurt Light+Build 2020

. SG Smart consists of a number of devices that are easy to use and install in both ...
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Coronavirus – what kind of infection is this?

Until today, every conversation that I’ve had about coronavirus has been about the health risks and, chiefly, will ...
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ILP publishes new Guide to obtrusive light

Fresh out of the box for 2020 is the revised Guidance notes for the reduction of obtrusive light, ...
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Cundall Light4: How does the lighting industry feature in the circular economy?

By Andrew Bissell - Director of Cundall Light4, Manchester. (Originally published by Cundall Light4 in Cundall Conversations: 23.Nov. 2017) ...
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Light Creators: Liz West

Liz West is British visual artist, famous for site specific artworks, sculpture and immersive light art installations. The ...
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Urbis Schréder: imagining the future of Public Realm

We've been writing about where Public Realm lighting has come from and where we are at the moment ...
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The People Matter Charter: mind your PQQs!

Its reckoned that the UK construction industry needs over 150000 new entrants by 2021; this into an industry ...
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What is ‘Lighting Design’?

A company in India is offering to take the drudgery of producing lighting layouts and lighting schedules off ...
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OSRAM: presents DEXAL LED drivers for smartly connected lighting systems

Its time to get ready for the IoT – with smartly connected luminaires and linear LED modules . ...
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Richard Hayes asks: is that light OFF?

"What does off mean?" In the good/bad old days you turned off your lights with a physical switch.  ...
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Arup launches Luminaire Broker, and a new way of working

This is how lighting specification usually works. A designer has a very good idea of what’s wanted for ...
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Design Guild Mark for Lighting in 2020. Here’s your chance to enter!

Here at the Light Review we just love shouting (writing!) about great design, so when we heard that ...
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The Circular Economy – but how will it work?

Lighting manufacturers are rightly embracing the principles of the Circular Economy and we’re looking forward to seeing lots ...
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Slow Design: why risk flygskam when you can tågskryt

The Light Review finished 2019 with a couple of pieces on Slow Design (add links). Its one of ...
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The Lighting Tree

The Lighting Tree: Alison Gallagher

Alison is a senior lighting designer with Arup, London. She has also served on the national committee of ...
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Sustainable thinking – just look up!

I’d like you to imagine this: you’re rolling through the Wessex countryside. In front of you the road ...
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Low energy? It’s not good enough

Low energy is no longer enough, we have to look forward to a truly sustainable industry. The lighting ...
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Urbis Schréder: Taking Control

We have been speaking in this series about where Public Realm lighting has come from and where we ...
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Recolight Conference: Lighting and the Circular Economy: NEW DATE ANNOUNCED!

Transformation to a circular economy is increasingly being seen as essential if manufacturing is to be sustainable.  This ...
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Knock 3 times . . . Light, according to Mary Rushton-Beales

In my time on this planet as a lighting designer it has come to my attention that for ...
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The Benefit of Brexit ( . . . what did he say??)

We’re entering a New Year – and I wish you all a happy and successful one. The general ...
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Women in Lighting: in conversation with Sharon Stammers

I sat down for a Skype conversation with Sharon Stammers to look back on an amazing year for ...
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Slow Design: the principles

A few weeks back, we introduced you to the concept of Slow Design. Since then we’ve been asked ...
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Olafur Eliasson: ‘In real life’ at Tate Modern, London

Chris Fordham writes: Light has played an important role in art over the ages, all the way from ...
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Urbis Schréder: manufacturer and designer working together in the Public Realm . . . the bespoke conversation

The relationship between the designer and the manufacturer is arguably the most important factor in determining the success ...
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Explainer: calculating Maintenance Factor

Richard Hayes recently took a look at the way that Maintenance Factor is often 'tweaked' to make the ...
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Light Creators: the candlemaker

Now here's a challenge for you. Most people coming to this piece will be in and of the ...
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The Status of Human Centric Lighting Today [Podcast]

Here’s a piece of good news: we’re introducing a new Podcast feature for 2020.  In the first year of ...
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Explainer: how to choose an electrician for your home

Black Friday has passed and you have received your boxes of replacement lights and want it all installed ...
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LewesLight 2020 is Announced – Huzzah!

A missive arrives in my inbox from East Sussex. My good friend Graham Festenstein wishes to announce the ...
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LuxLive 2019: what are exhibitions for?

I’ve been in several minds as to whether I should even attempt this piece. My recent history with ...
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Slow Design: an introduction

At PLDC 2019, in Rotterdam, the audience was introduced to the principle of ‘slow design’. Dr. Amardeep Dugar, ...
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Recolight

Recolight: disturbing news on scale of WEEE non-compliance

Disturbing EU-wide scale of WEEE non-compliance through online marketplaces Eucolight workshop, Brussels, Nov 2019 The results of a ...
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Urbis Schréder: the new public realm lighting.

Look through the product range of any major manufacturer engaged in highway lighting and there are ranges that ...
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Light a London Landmark: the winner is announced

It was way past sunset, but if Terry and Julie were making their way to Waterloo Station last ...
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Getting Maintenance Factor right

We recently posted an investigative piece, looking at the provenance of a Philips IP65 batten that scared the ...
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PLDC 2019: a Rotterdam diary (Putting it all together)

And that is a wrap . . . PLDC 2019 closes its doors, the big top is packed ...
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Budget LED luminaires: when things go wrong . . . or not

I want to tell you a story . . . It started with a typical LinkedIn post – ...
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EDA: 2019 state-of-the-sector research findings – worth reading

Research released by the Electrical Distributors’ Association (EDA) shows that in-person support offered by wholesaler trade counter teams ...
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Light a London Landmark: the judges have decided

The closing date for entry was 30th September, so if you're still trying to puzzle out just how ...
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SLL Lightbytes 2019-2020: People|Space|Time|Place

The new season of SLL Lightbytes began in Birmingham at the beginning of October. Joining the regular presenters ...
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Explainer: ‘entry level’ luminaires?

I mean, 'whut?' This was a new one to me until a couple of weeks ago. Its not ...
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PLDC 2019: one week to go

By this time next week my bags will be packed and I'll be standing by the front door ...
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Visiting: Otherworld | London

With increasing urbanisation and the constant assault on our senses from work emails, Skype calls, WhatsApp groups, Facebook ...
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Cheap LED lights and Toxic Pricing

A message went across my screen recently informing me that I can buy a 10W exterior floodlight for ...
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The Light Review at [d]arc room 2019

For all those who couldn't make the show, The Light Review let Chris Fordham, our resident product reviewer, ...
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Urbis Schréder – lighting for the public realm in the 21st century

The story of street lighting goes back hundreds of years, when the simple imperative was to be able ...
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Explainer: Software as a Service (SaaS)

What is Software as a Service (SaaS) When you purchase software, it comes on a CD-ROM or DVD, ...
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How long to become a lighting designer . . . 12 months?

Thanks to Mary Ruston-Beales for bringing this to my attention. Becoming a specialist in lighting design in just ...
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The Lighting Tree

The Lighting Tree: Kerem Asfuroglu

After almost 8 years at Speirs+Major and being awarded the title Dark Sky Defender in 2017, Kerem established Dark Source in 2019 ...
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Integral LED – Official Opening of Aylesbury Logistics Hub

When it comes to managing a commercial operation there has to come a point when issues like Brexit ...
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The hidden problem in sealed-for-life LED luminaires.

The Light Review has been looking at sealed-for-life luminaires; those fixtures that come out of the brown box ...
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Explainer: the Orange Donald

Should I really need to write this? Its depressing to think that, even now, some slack-jawed deniers will ...
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PLDC: a vote on recognition of qualified lighting professionals

As PLDC is the largest gathering of lighting professionals across the lighting design community, its been decided that ...
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Light a London Landmark: designers exercise their gobo muscles

The days of flattening a baked bean tin and punching out a Rorschach-esque pattern to make a gobo, ...
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PLDC 2019 – press release!

This just in from the PLDC team: Online registration closes on 18. October • Pre-convention meetings complete • ...
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Say hello to eFixx

You know the thing; you’re sitting quietly in the garden, enjoying the unexpected sunshine with a fine chilled ...
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Explainer: luminaires and fire risk

We have a somewhat tense relationship with light and fire. After all, for millenia, light and fire meant ...
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Recycling isn’t always the right answer

It might seem strange for the CEO of a recycling scheme to argue that recycling is not always ...
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Explaining: IP ratings

The IP Rating system is there to provide a guide to the degree of protection that lighting equipment ...
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Looking for a new way to specify? Spektd is here for you.

The Light Review’s Lighting Tree asks lighting designers for their least favourite activity in the creative process of ...
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Lighting – who ya gonna call?

I was talking with Peter Harrison, Technical Director at ILP, the other day. The conversation came round to ...
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Bluetooth lighting – renaissance or another false dawn?

Fred Bass turns his investigative eye onto the uncertain world of Bluetooth-enabled lighting. When the first Bluetooth LED ...
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Recolight

The net is closing-in for online non-compliance

A new EU regulation[1] means that online fulfilment houses will be required to take responsibility for compliance documentation, ...
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Explainer: understanding lighting Standards

Standards are there to ensure that products and services are delivered in a ‘standard’ fashion. Often, standards refer ...
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Picture of health: A boost for wellness lighting from the Urban Land Institute?

According to The Urban Land Institute the UK can expect a boom in architectural and fit-out projects that ...
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Circadian Lighting? – you’re asking the wrong question

We’ve recently seen the term Human Centric Lighting (HCL) be dropped in favour of the apparently more focused ...
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Explainer: why Power Factor is important in an LED luminaire

WARNING: electrical talk here! Power factor is all about wasting energy. The LED chip is only one part ...
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The Lighting Tree

The Lighting Tree: Rachael Nicholls

Rachael is a Senior Designer with dpa Lighting Consultants, in Oxfordshire. The Lighting Tree is a celebration of ...
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Explainer: Melanopic Lux

At the core of ‘circadian lighting’ is the phenomenon that we call ‘the melanopic response’. This comes from ...
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UGR16: what’s going on?

A year ago, manufacturers were complaining about the rigours of UGR19. Specifiers - or, more to the point, ...
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Emergency lighting obligations explained

Bad things happen, hands get wrung, promises are made - and then we quietly slide back into the ...
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Human Centric Lighting: it’s time for a change

Human Centric Lighting is shifting its focus or, to put it another way, Human Centric Lighting is finally ...
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The security of Connected Lighting.

Jasper Hijink of lux-it Lighting Technology asked me what we've done to promote security in connected lighting systems ...
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The Future for the Circular Economy

I sat down with Simon Fisher of F Mark the other day and we talked about where lighting ...
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The 7-Step Programme to Good Lighting: Step 3 – The Specification

I’m in a hotel room and have just finished what was laughingly called ‘a breakfast box’. There is ...
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Are LED lifetime figures a ticking timebomb?

There is a conversation underway about how we can check the rise of inferior products, poor installations and ...
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Can I borrow your pen?

Last week I wrote about the Climate Change Challenge and its good to see that everyone's keeping their ...
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Chasing the Sun: an interview with Linda Geddes

A few months ago we reviewed 'Chasing the Sun', a book by Linda Geddes that looks into 'the ...
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The Museum of the Moon at Sherborne Abbey

Luke Jerrams's Museum of the Moon has gone on display in Sherborne Abbey, Dorset. From Friday 5th July ...
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The Climate Crisis Challenge

Usually, when the lighting industry goes quiet over something its for one of two reasons; expect a mass ...
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The Lighting Tree

The Lighting Tree: Phil Copland

We welcome Phil Copland to The Lighting Tree.Nominated by Juliet Rennie, Phil is a senior designer with Nulty+.For ...
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Clerkenwell Design Week 2019: on the streets

Chris Fordham wanders the romantic streets of Clerkenwell on behalf of The Light Review. "When in this area ...
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Good Lighting : counterfeit product

At a recent EDA Regional Business Forum in Exeter, the delegates were received with an update on the ...
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Wellness and Deep Biophilia

If we accept that ‘biophilia’ describes our love for nature, then how far does that love go? Day ...
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Wellness: the 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design

 This planet has, or had, a problem, which was this. Most of the people living on it were ...
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Wellness and Integrative Lighting

 We’ve been looking for a term that encompasses the approach that we need to take to achieve a ...
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The Biophilic Office: Living Walls

Why are we talking about plants in offices? Its not the first time that we’ve been fascinated with ...
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The 7-Step Programme to Good Lighting: where does that come from?

They say: ‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step’ They also say: ‘The road ...
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The Book Review: Urban Lighting for People, edited by Navaz Davoudian

The strapline for this book is “Evidence-based lighting design for the built environment”, which should be warning enough ...
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The Lighting Tree

The Lighting Tree: Juliet Rennie

The latest addition to The Lighting Tree is Juliet Rennie. As we all know, Juliet is coordinator for ...
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The Biophilic office: the designer’s view

Oliver Heath Design is responsible for the design of the refurbished offices at BRE that will become The ...
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New Lighting Products

Producing photometric data – what do we need?

Specification of data required for a luminaire – photometric data There is a practical reason for data collection ...
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Recolight: A WEEE update for lighting

Good things are happening with the WEEE regulations, all contributing to a fairer and more sustainable system.  Nigel ...
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The Lighting Tree

The Lighting Tree: Alex Bittiner

The ground rules for The Lighting Tree are simple. The previous candidate suggests the next candidate – and ...
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Euroluce 2019; the view from the aisles

"I know you. You're John Bullock!" Damn, I thought; the debt collectors have found me at last. But, ...
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Circadian Lighting: improving the care home environment

I suspect that, for many of us, our idea of a care home – whether experienced or imagined ...
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The Biophilic Office, BRE; the researcher’s view

Cosmin Ticleanu, principal lighting consultant for the Biophilic Office project explains the background to the project.  'We spend ...
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The Biophilic office, BRE: the manufacturers view

The Lighting Approach for the Biophilic Office. Waldmann was approached by the BRE to be a core partner ...
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The 7-Step Programme to Good Lighting: Step 6 – The Install

All things being equal, this really shouldn’t be a problem. The problem is – not all things are ...
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LED streetlighting: holy grail or unfit for purpose?

Its probably written into statute by now that whenever two lighters come together to share a soft drink, ...
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MADE BY EMIRATI: a new educational initiative in Dubai

Where do we get our next generation of lighters from? More to the point, where do we find ...
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The Lighting Tree

The Lighting Tree: Ellie Greisen

The ground rules for The Lighting Tree are simple. The previous candidate suggests the next candidate - and ...
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Responding to the SLL Position Statement on Circadian Lighting

The Society of Light and Lighting (SLL) has issued a Position Statement on Circadian Lighting (April 2019). In ...
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Lighting terms Glossary (thanks to SLL)

Someone suggested that The Light Review should have an explainer for all those head-scratching technical terms that the ...
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Emergency lighting batteries – one size fits all?

The technology behind emergency lighting is changing. We asked Simon Coates, Technical Manager of Orbik to tell us ...
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Changing to a 4-day week. Part 3 of 3

This is the final part of Neil Knowles' LinkedIn blog, talking about how he took the plunge and ...
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Society of Light and Lighting: Lightbytes, Bristol

LightBytes events offer a day of peer-reviewed, bite-sized presentations, focusing on key issues relating to lighting professionals and ...
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SLL Young Lighter 2019

Brendan Keely has been on, asking if I can make a bit of noise about the SLL Young ...
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The Biophilic Office: Wellness and Biophilia Symposium

6 - 7 June 2019: a 2-Day Symposium at BRE, Watford How can nature-inspired design foster office occupant ...
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Changing our company to a 4 day week (Part 2 of 3)

The Light Review is shadowing Neil Knowles' blog series on how he took Elektra Lighting to a 4-day ...
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Wellbeing in the Workplace, with the Supply Chain Sustainability School

This event in London on 26th March 2019 was the first SCSS Facilities Manager Supplier Day to focus ...
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The future of Smart City street lighting after Harvard?

The offer of more efficient, cost-saving, almost failure-free street lighting, all thanks to the favourable conjunction of new ...
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I introduced a 4 day week at my company. How did it turn out? (Part 1 of 3)

Loitering through The Guardian a few days ago I ended up with one of those mental images that ...
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Lighting as a Service to enable circular economy

I bumped into Fred Bass at Futurebuild. The conversation, as it always does, came round to what was ...
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Futurebuild: where’s the lighting?

The stated aim of Futurebuild is “to explore and tackle the biggest challenges impacting the built environment and ...
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Retro-fitting escape lighting on residential staircases

Let me set the scene: a low-rise residential block, probably three or four floors of flats, with a ...
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Wellness: reporting the Light Diet

A couple of weeks ago, I introduced you to Lys Technologies and their Light Diet. Read about it ...
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Women in Lighting

“When we talk about women in design, we should not turn it into a minority issue. We need ...
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The Lighting Tree: Stuart Alexander

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In-job training: throwing some light on it

The Electrical Distributors Association (EDA) has introduced a series of Product Knowledge Modules to help wholesalers improve the ...
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3:30:300 – the conundrum for office lighting design

Most of us have been raised with the idea that the single aim for office lighting design is ...
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Wellness: taking care of your circadian rhythm

Never mind those 10,000 steps, are you getting enough LIGHT in your diet? A new wearable sensor from ...
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How to cheat: pricing emergency lighting

Can you price up 212 standard 3W non-maintained emergency downlighters? Best we can do so far is €??. ...
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IoT: who ‘owns’ smart lighting?

The first LIA Technical Forum of the year was given over to a dicussion of the Internet of ...
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Museum of the Moon: 2019 Tour

Created by Luke Jerram, the Museum of the Moon is one of his newest arts projects. It tours ...
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How to cheat: bungs and kickbacks

Earning a living as a lighting designer/specifier can be a challenge. There must be an easier way to ...
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The Book Review: Chasing The Sun, by Linda Geddes

Linda Geddes' new book explores the vital relationship between the sun and the human race suggests directions for ...
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LED dimming – a 2019 update

LED Dimming: what’s going on? I was looking for a replacement 1-10v dimmable LED driver and was surprised ...
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The Lighting Tree

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Emergency lighting – do we have all of the exits covered?

We're so used to the conventions of visual exit signage and audible alarms, but does anyone ever think ...
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How to cheat: ‘Equal and Approved’?

What are we to make of 'equal and approved'. Who is the beneficiary when products get swapped out ...
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