London Lighting the unseen buildings

Dear Editor,
Pick up any magazine and there are photos of wonderfully lit buildings by the UK’s top designers. For those without a designer, there is plenty of advice in the series of Lighting Guides produced by the Society of Light and Lighting.

Whilst a lot of effort is put into producing low-carbon new buildings, the elephant in the room is the refurbishment of existing buildings, where there are many more constraints on the design. It is estimated that 66 per cent of the 2050 building stock already exists.
There are still far too many buildings where no thought has been given to the lighting. They are dull, energy-inefficient and do nothing for the users.

Energy regulations such as Part L are often used as an excuse for poor lighting design. But regulations are just another constraint on the lighting design in the same way that budget, client taste, timescale and the architecture are.

Any journal that shows how the lighting can be made better for the vast majority of our ‘unseen’ buildings is to be welcomed.

Yours faithfully,
Alan Tulla

Don’t ridicule LED retailers

Dear Editor,

I find your article on Topshop in the November issue a little on the silly side – especially when such a cutting edge and bold LED lighting statement has been made. I cannot comment on behalf of Arcadia, but I do feel the lighting industry owes a little more respect to companies that push the boundaries against many odds.

Can ethical audits be credible?

Dear Sir,

Today’s UK/European lighting business would not survive without supplies from ‘the developing world’ – but the problem of verifying the ethical audits of factories is contentious, and has recently been highlighted in the press, including The Guardian.