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Lux to analyse the accelerating rail lighting revolution

The railways are changing and lighting is at the forefront of the revolution, at this year’s Lux Lighting for Rail Conference, we intend to tell you the best ways to stay ahead of the curve.

From the responsibilities of drivers to the standards that govern the industry, nothing is what it used to be. The challenges that rail operators face are different too. Light pollution, suicide prevention, energy reduction and easing the pressures on drivers are all issues that need to be tackled.

Lighting will play a major role in the continuing modernisation of the railway network, so it is crucial to stay up to date with the latest developments within an industry that always seems to be in flux.

Lux’s Lighting for Rail Conference will take place at the Cavendish Conference Centre in Central London on Thursday 18 May 2017. You can read the full programme and register to  attend by clicking  here.

One of the hot button issues in rail lighting at the moment is lighting for driver-only operation, especially in light of the string of strikes that have been seen on the Southern rail franchise over the issue.

From missing a boarding passenger due to poor uniformity to experiencing ‘wipe-out’ on CCTV monitors to discomfort and debilitating glare, train drivers face lighting hazards every day.

Li-Fi is set to appear in 66 stations across Paris, a massive project that will give two million daily commuters access to the interent via the lights.

In a special session at the event, Richard Morris of Arup will explore how to assess lighting performance at railway stations, depots and power signal box control rooms for driver-only operation.

Dominic Meyrick of Hoare Lea will also advise on how to model lighting hazards for the train driver. Hoare Lea is responsible for creating an interactive, virtual reality tool which assesses potential issues from the driver’s point of view.

Another of the day’s key note addresses will be given by Benjamin Azoulay of Oledcomm, explaining the fascinating  application of Li-Fi on the Paris Metro. 

Over two million daily commuters on the Paris Metro now have access to the internet via the lights. This radical installation, which uses data embedded in visible light, is appearing initially in 66 stations across the French capital, a massive undertaking, that is sure to change the way we think about lighting in rail.

Another inventive use of light, this time blue light, will also be discussed. The use of blue light at stations has been proven to reduce ‘one-unders’ or track suicides. Pioneered in Japan, the technology is now being rolled out world-wide, but we will consider if the facts and the evidence back up the claims.

Frazer Scott of Govia Thameslink Railway will also analyse the changing nature of the rail industry’s lighting standards and the challenges and opportunities that the changes will present to the network. As well as this Lux regular, Paul Meenan, of the Dockland Light Railway in London, will inform the audience on the best ways to keep your emergency lighting provisions in tune with ever changing rules.

A wave of new train sheds are also currently being built across the United Kingdom to house InterCity Express rolling stock. Axel Stockmar of LCI Light Consult International, will issue wise words of warning about a number of issues that need to be considered when lighting new sheds, including heat, glare and uniformity.

  • Lux’s Lighting for Rail Conference will take place at the Cavendish Conference Centre in Central London on Thursday 18 May 2017. You can read the full programme and register to attend by clicking  here.