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Who deserves to be the Lux Person of the Year?

In recent years the winners have included two scientists, a civil servant, the head of an industry scheme responsible for recycling and the president of a trade body which created an media attention-grabbing lighting installation.

The hunt is on for a very special individual – the Lux Person of the Year.

The Lux Awards judging team is seeking someone who is making an outstanding contribution to our industry, in any form. 

It could be a high-performing CEO, a leading product designer, the founder of an innovative start-up, a scientist responsible for a breakthrough or someone making an impact in some other fashion that benefits everyone.

In recent years the winners have included two scientists, a civil servant, the head of an industry scheme responsible for recycling and the president of a trade body which created an media attention-grabbing lighting installation.

The Lux Person of the Year category is sponsored annually by leading LED lighting tech brand Samsung. In 2016, the winner was Professor Russell Foster, the  distinguished neuroscientist based at Brasenose College in Oxford. He led the team which was responsible for a major a breakthrough which could completely transform lighting in buildings. 

The Oxford University scientists identified a group of photosensitive cells in the eyes which were unknown to science. These cells hold the key to our understanding of our body clock, and how light affects us in profound ways, and discoveries of this type are creating a whole new genre called circadian lighting.

In 2015, the winner was the President of the Society of Light and Lighting, Liz Peck. Peck was commended for her personal passion and energy in promoting the cause of good lighting and for her enormous contribution to the lighting family and the wider community. She works tirelessly and gives freely of their time in industry initiatives.

The Lux Person of the Year in 2014 was the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills policy advisor Tony Howells. He acted as a key bridge between the industry and Government and was pivotal in the launch this year of the Government’s first ever Lighting Sector Strategy. The judging team cited him for ‘his personal enthusiasm, drive and energy’ in assisting the industry achieve its objectives.

In 2013, the Lux Person of the Year was arguably the man who single-handedly created the current LED revolution. Shuji Nakamura invented the blue LED which made white LED lighting possible. Judges described him as a’tireless innovator with an awesome intellect, whose work is benefiting all of humanity’.

In 2012, the Lux Person of the Year played a leading role in helping the lighting industry recycle more of what it produce. Nigel Harvey is the CEO of Recolight, an organisation that has funded the recycling of no fewer than 125 million lamps, one fifth of all the electrical equipment recycled in the UK.