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

Light for every age

Dear Editor,
One of the few good things to emerge from the new Con-Dem government in recent weeks is the announcement that it intends to ban compulsory retirement at 60 or 65. As an ‘oldie’ already in this category, I welcome this – even though I can’t sack myself. But has anyone really come to terms with the implications for office lighting design of this move, which will inevitably push up the average age of our already ageing workforce?

Vertical integration will scupper compatibility

Dear Sir,