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Could the lighting find your lost child?

Internet-connected light fittings with sensors combined with wristbands could help parents track children in supermarkets and other large spaces. This is just one of many ideas submitted to the judges of the new Connected Lighting Concept of the Year category of the Lux Awards 2017.

INTERNET-CONNECTED lighting could help parents track children in supermarkets; it could assist jet-lagged travellers adjust quickly to new time zones; it could find meeting rooms, desks and colleagues in large workplaces; it could tell retail assistants and their customers the real-time back-of-house stock; and it could personalise lighting automatically by detecting a user’s smartphone.

These are the ideas that have earned a shortlisting in the Connected Lighting Concept of the Year category of this year’s Lux Awards for Jim Cadman of Tesco, Gary Thornton of neolight global, Yatish Narsi of GRID, Matthew Walsh of Thorlux and Jack Martin of Acoulite respectively.

The judges in the Connected Concept of the Year are looking for apps and services which represent a compelling and exciting application of the technology.

The category – new for 2017 – is sponsored by connected lighting technology pioneer Gooee and reflects the direction in which the industry is rapidly moving: from  illumination to data and digital services which use the ubiquity of luminaires to generate useful data for building occupiers.

The judges are looking for concepts such as apps and services which represent a compelling and exciting application of the technology.

‘This category reflects the exciting new possibilities opening up in the market and point to a future where lighting and the internet fuse together to save energy, deliver a responsive environment and create new digital services’ says Ray Molony of the Lux Awards.

‘With luminaires now able to produce data such as presence detection and location, temperature, air quality, humidity, traffic density and speed and well as link to other devices such as mobile phones, machinery and RFID tags, there are lots of opportunities.

The shortlisted candidates will now pitch their ideas before a Dragons Den-style panel at the Gooee IoT Arena at LuxLive 2017 at 11am on Thursday 16 November. Judges include Steve Moore of Dixons Carphone, Russell Sweeting-White of Network Rail, Dan Lister of Arup and Simon Coombes of Gooee.

The winner will be announced later that evening at the glamorous Lux Awards 2017 at the InterContinental at the O2 in London.


  • The LuxLive 2017 exhibition and conference takes place on Wednesday 15 November and Thursday 16 November 2017 at ExCeL London. It features three arenas and four theatres, including the central Gooee IoT Arena, with a rolling programme of presentations, demonstrations and discussions. Entry is free if you pre-register HERE.
  • See the full shortlist of the Lux Awards 2017 HERE.


Main pic: Jurijus Azanovas 2017 via Flickr Creative Commons