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London finds £11.5 million more for energy efficient buildings

01 September 2014

Facing criticism that he is missing his carbon reduction goals, Mayor Boris Johnson has found an additional £11.5 million – most of it from the European Union – to retrofit London's buildings for energy efficiency.

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Ikea invests in light sheet specialist Design LED

27 August 2014

Scottish LED company Design LED, which specialises in flexible LED light sheets with embedded optics, has won the backing of retail giant Ikea.

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Can social research improve lighting on London's housing estates?

22 August 2014

London's housing estates are not noted for their inspiring lighting.

But the LSE believes lighting design, backed up by social research among local communities, can help.

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Chepstow streetlight switch-off threatens drunks

21 August 2014

Chepstow will soon become the latest British locality to turn off street lights during the wee hours, over the protests of taxi drivers who have provided yet another reason why it's a bad idea: They might run over hard-to-see drunks.

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New material could slash LED costs

20 August 2014

Researchers at Cambridge and Oxford universities have demonstrated a new way of making LEDs that could eventually slash manufacturing costs.

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They're off. They're on. They're off. Action heats up in great British streetlight battle

19 August 2014

The roundup over the last week on UK streets: Lights Off 2, Lights On 1.

As the debate continues on how best to save energy and on whether turning off lights increases or decreases crime, the city of Exeter and the town of Loughborough both scored for the “Offs,” while Gloucestershire kicked in with an “On”, taking the next step in a countywide LED deployment.

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Guests gripe: London hotel rooms too dim

15 August 2014

This story resides somewhere between industry scaremongering and the truth: The lighting in London hotel rooms is often too dim or sparse and guests can't stand it.

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Wigan spending £11 million on LED street lights, expects big savings

14 August 2014

The borough of Wigan, long associated with George Orwell and more recently with the World Pie Eating Championship, is catapulting into the modern lighting era with an £11 million scheme to install 31,000 LED street lights over the next three years.

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LEDs brighten up offices at Dept. of Energy and Climate Change

12 August 2014

Here's one for the practise what you preach file: The government's energy department has replaced the lighting in its London headquarters building with efficient LEDs which it says are indeed cutting electricity consumption and that have also improved brightness.

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A football first? LED floodlights kick into action at Chelsea

07 August 2014

LED lighting, which is spreading across a wide area of usages, will kick into yet another field next week when London's Chelsea Football Club starts floodlighting its pitch with the technology.

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