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

It’s not all about LEDs

Dear Editor,

Congratulations on the first issue of Lux magazine. While I applaud the emphasis on low-energy lighting and the focus on refurbishment and retrofit projects rather than new build, I would take issue with your heavy emphasis on LEDs and indeed OLEDs.

Tackling the technology

Dear Editor,
A funny thing happened to me the other day. I was on the phone to a contractor who was not too pleased that the LED sources he was installing did not appear to work. Not being the kind of company to let this be an issue, we rushed to site to find he had cut the fitting in half to make it fit into the recess.