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.

Your three main project features – Nomura Bank in London, International House in Ashford and Birmingham’s PFI in streetlight – were all either LED-only or heavily skewed towards LEDs. I am aware that some of the founders of Lux have a background in the LED industry so you may have an built-in bias. But it is worth restating: LEDs only account for about 10 per cent of the industry’s sales but to read magazines like yours you would imagine it’s 90 per cent.

Where are the interesting articles about fluorescent, HID and other technologies? They have a long life ahead of them and can be improved even further.

Also, there is a danger that we focus too much on the light source, and not enough about how you use it and when you use it.

Yours faithfully,
Fadhil Habib
New London Road Centre

Tulips or people?

Dear Editor,
I just flew into Amsterdam airport at 5am and noticed an amazing number of small, bright sodium light patches on the clouds at relatively low level. It struck me that these are above the fields of poly-tunnels where flowers are grown. Apart from the light pollution aspect, is this really a sensible use of energy?

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.