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Lighting


It’s light, Jim, but not as we know it


Bright ideas for the future of lighting – including futuristic, ‘Star Trek’ style illumination that follows a person’s every move – are discussed in the latest podcast from office design experts Morgan Lovell.


Peter Hunt, chief executive officer of The Lighting Association - Europe’s largest organisation focused on


lighting – discusses how initiatives are being developed to deliver greater efficiencies and comfort in the workplace.


In the nine-minute podcast, Peter describes how LED lights are the green lighting choice of the future, following billions of pounds investment in their research and development by lighting manufacturers.


With lighting in office buildings currently consuming around 30% of total energy use, LEDs are already showing approximately a 50% reduction in energy consumption compared to fluorescents – although Peter describes


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this figure as a ‘moving target’ as the technology continues to evolve.


As well as product developments, Peter explains that a system approach to lighting, which involves the careful management of workspace lighting, can also offer substantial energy savings.


Peter says: “For years light has been thrown at the workplace, with high levels across desks, floors and corridors – and we don’t need that level of light.


“What we need is enough light to perform our tasks and make the environment comfortable but we also need to make it interesting with some contrast, with lower levels of light away from task areas and the local environment.”


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