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

Design and energy

Dear Editor,
Energy in lighting is going to be a big topic for the next few years. It is going to be important that the industry pulls together in a coherent manner to produce sustainable lighting schemes by default whilst allowing good and innovative design to be brought to the fore. This is achievable and design compromise can be avoided.

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.