Top 10 stories of the year

Ringing in the New Year is just weeks away, so it's time to take a look back at the most popular stories that have been featured on our website this year.

2016 has been a rollercoaster year for the world and the industry. But what has been piquing your interest during the last 12 months? Here we reveal our ten most popular stories of the year. 





10) The Best of Lighting Spy 

Crime and Punishment Lux style. We compile forty high crimes and misdemeanors collected by our spies, informers and double agents stationed around the globe.  Warning: The blunders and screw-ups found within may upset you.




9) Ten lighting trends you need to know 

There is a revolution happening in lighting right now and if you don’t catch up then you’re going to get left behind. In this quickly moving situation, we went out on a limb and attempted to identify the biggest trends you need to know about. And a few were rather surprising….





8) Maintenance factors: Why everything you know is wrong

Fifty years ago the world was a different, dirtier, place. Factories produced air-borne pollutants the size of small rodents, every office was a pall of cigarette smoke and there were still enough open coal fires in the home to warrant the Clean Air Act of 1968. It’s a wonder any of us survived. Out of that gloom came the idea that lighting schemes should be designed to take such filth into account. Out of the filth came the maintenance factor. 




7) The ten best energy-efficient replacements for retro-style filament lamps

While the downfall of the hipster filament was discussed at LuxLive, our countdown of the ten best energy-efficient replacements for retro-style filament lamps continued to perform well, helping you to get the look and feel of incandescent without the guilt.




6) How to lower your electricity bill: Hack your smart meter

Many green-minded people promote smart meters as a way to help consumers reduce their electricity bills. And boy are they right: Determined users can tamper with the devices to artificially lower their usage readings, or even to get someone else to pay.




5) REVIEWED LED GU10 lamps

We review GU10 lamps and give one lucky fixture a rare five stars…..




4) LEDs don’t attract insects. True or false. 

Gordon Routledge, lighting expert, investigates a widely held belief about insects’ lighting preferences. The search for the truth is startling.




3) Emergency lighting: Five things that could land you in jail

 If you think your emergency lighting complies with the law, you might want to think again. It’s easier to stray than you think.




2) Ten things you MUST know before you dim LED lamps

We list the actions that you simply have to take once the decision has been taken to go ahead with a dimmable LED installation.






1) Dimming LED lamps: The dos and do nots

The adoption of dimmable LED lighting for new installations is rising fast, but with a vast retrofit market to address, there is an opportunity for further growth if the user experience can be optimised. LED lighting has already captured the imagination of consumers in a way that CFLs never did with LED lamps offering many of the energy-saving benefits of compact fluorescents but in a much more familiar package. We list the dos and do nots when its comes to dimming LED lamps.