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Lux Awards 2017 winners revealed

The Lux Awards were presented in front of 800 senior lighting professionals at a gala event at the O2 InterContinental on the final night of the LuxLive 2017 exhibition.

The best lighting products, projects and companies leading innovation and change were recognised at the 2017 Lux Awards in London last night. 

The Awards were presented in front of 800 senior lighting professionals at a gala event at the O2 InterContinental on the final night of the LuxLive 2017 exhibition.

From over 200 nominations, the judges drew up the initial shortlists, tested products and visited projects the length and breadth of the UK to see them in action for themselves.



The 2017 winners in full:


Retail Lighting Project of the Year

The most outstanding lighting project in the retail sector

In association with Aurora Lighting

Winner:  Varana, London – PJC Light Studio

Judges called the installation at Varana by PJC Light Studio an ‘exemplar scheme of great precision’. The has low ceiling heights – 2.27m in some locations – and is spread over four floors with a long and narrow footprint.

The lighting concept successfully deals with these challenges to provide the correct balance of light and the flexibility to respond to changing retail displays below and to create an inviting high end environment. An integrated concealed linear LED uplight detail along the top of the shopfit perimeter wall to uplight the ceiling and create a feeling of brightness to overcome the low ceiling heights. Nice touches include spotlights lighting through ratan shelves to cast shadows to suggest rays of warm sunlight A Multiload control system creates different scenes for daytime, evening and events.

PJC Studio: Phil Caton, Alan Lam, Francesca Gosling, Laura Cizauskaite; Interior Design: Pentagram;  Shopfit: Clements Retail; Electrical Contractor: Preece & Co; Lighting equipment: Atrium / Flos, Precision Lighting, LightGraphix, Monoled, Lucent Lighting, Vexica, Osram, Multiload Controls

Shortlisted: Ground floor, Harvey Nichols, London – PJC Light Studio
Shortlisted: The Light Leeds – Hoare Lea
Shortlisted: Sunset Walk, Centre MK, Milton Keynes – Lighting Design International



Industrial and Transport Lighting Project of the Year

The most outstanding project in the industrial and transport sector

In association with Helvar

Winner: Pritchitt Foods, Newtownards, Northern Ireland – Resourceable

A transformed working environment and savings of 84 per cent were the result of a considered refurbished lighting installation at Pritchitt Foods.

In the warehouse, 131 400W low bay fittings were replaced with a mix of 67W and 176W fully sensored LED fittings, with a payback period of just 1.5 years. The ECA compliant fittings allowed the company to claim tax rebates on the project.
It has saved 360 tonnes of carbon so far with the next phase due to push that figure to over 500 tonnes.  The electrical load has been reduced enabling some distribution boards to be replaced with smaller units. A new sample store and chill room both benefitted from the high lux output but low running costs and cool running temperature of the new lighting.

Credits:  Design engineer: Sean O’Kane, Resourceable; Lighting equipment: Dexeco, Impervia and Verteco LED.

Commended: Port of Nigg, Tain, Scotland – Holophane Europe
Shortlisted: Handyside Car Park, Kings Cross, London – Nualight
Shortlisted: Thakeham Farms, Pulborough, West Sussex – Megaman



Hospitality, Leisure and Faith Project of the Year

The most outstanding project in this sector, inc. hotels,
restaurants, sports and places of worship

In association with eldoLED

Winner: Mathematics: The Winton Gallery, Science Museum, London – Arup

Arup created a ‘breath-taking and unforgettable’  lighting display that takes visitors on a journey into mathematics.

The lighting for the Science Museum’s Mathematics: The Winton Gallery, in collaboration with Zaha Hadid Architects. It integrated fluid lighting with static lighting to artistically showcase the mathematical significance of a full size 1929 Handley Page aircraft; a key feature of the gallery. The lighting scheme follows the aerodynamic field of the plane and the main generative elements. Two spotlights, ceiling recessed, illuminate the propeller, whilst a number of fixtures are installed in a ceiling cove to create brushes of light on the floor, along the streamline. All case lighting was developed for the specific requirements of the project and use the latest LED technology to reduce energy loads, meeting thermal and spectral requirements for object display.

Credits:  Lighting Design – Arup Lighting: Giulio Antonutto-Foi (lead lighting designer), Arfon Davies (lighting designer), Guillermo P. Martinez (lighting designer); Architects – Zaha Hadid Architects; Consultants – Arup Structural and Building Services: Andy Lerpiniere (project director), Ana Fernandez (building services), Jon Moore (building services), Shane O’Riordan (electrical engineering),  Carolina Bartram (structural engineering lead), Jenny Pattison (structural engineering) Lighting equipment – circulation areas: Mike Stoane; spot lighting: iGuzzini; cove lighting: Optolum ELX; pod lighting: LED Linear;  colour uplighting: iGuzzini; emergency lighting: Zumtobel

Highly Commended: Greenwich Market, London – Hoare Lea
Highly Commended: Reform Club, London – Connected Light
Shortlisted: Fairmont St Andrews, Scotland – dpa lighting consultants



Office, Education and Healthcare Lighting Project of the Year

The most outstanding project in the workplace, education and healthcare sector

In association with Waldmann

Winner: Dunnhumby, London – Troup Bywaters + Anders

The commercial fit out at this Grade II-listed former Ford Motors warehouse in Hammersmith, London was never about numbers such as 300 lux here 150 lux.

Contrast, drama and visual interest were all key drivers, with varying levels of light, colour and design solutions. Harnessing daylight through the beautiful domed roof is a standout feature of the design as this covers three floors of working areas and breakout spaces. Two very distinct lighting effects were employed; daytime and the view of the sky after sunrise give two contrasting light scenes for the occupants.

The unique themed zone design allowed for playful inclusions into the breakout spaces helping the lighting design team to develop creative lighting concepts to showcase the quirky nature of the client.

Credits:  Franklin Design Associates ISG; Electrical contractor: Phoenix Electrical; Architecture: LOM Architecture and Design; Lighting equipment: Glamox, Fagerhult, Erco, Beta Calco, Belux, Light Net, Flos, Wever & Ducre, Zero Lighting and Prolojik

Highly Commended: Maggie’s Oldham – Atelier Ten 
Highly Commended: Arts Centre, Pipers Corner School, High Wycombe – CBG Consultants
Highly Commended: Arup, Sheffield – Arup
Commended: Land Securities, London – BDP



Outdoor Lighting Project of the Year

The most outstanding project in the outdoor, public realm,
façade and streetlighting sector

In association with GVA Lighting

Winner: Saint Blaise Square, Bradford –  City of Bradford

The judges cited the lighting at the refurbished Saint Blaise Square in Bradford for its ‘transformational’ quality in turning a neglected and unloved part of the city  into a safe, clean and attractive environment while giving people a warm and colourful welcoming experience.

The scheme’s key innovation is the use of 64 in-ground recessed LED luminaries to illuminate ten heritage railway arches that progress in height, wall façade and trees. Sixty luminaries were recessed into the block paving at the base of each arch wall, and four luminaries recessed in a raised planter amongst trees and façade. An intricate layout of underground ducts and chambers conceals a vast length of power and data cables that originate from a discretely positioned feeder pillar which houses the associated electrical equipment.

Credits:  Lighting design: Darren Stansfield, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council and Joseph Brook, Urbis Schreder; Bradford Council Street Lighting Operational Team, Urbis Schreder, Alfred Bagnalls and Sons; Lighting equipment: Urbis Schreder, Lucy Zodion, Northern Civils Group, Sign Focus, North Midland Construction Network Rail, L.I.T.E

Highly Commended: Nottingham Biocity – BDP
Highly Commended: Vicarage Gate House, London – Syntax Lighting
Shortlisted: Oxford Street, London – Lighting Design International



Interior Luminaire of the Year

The year’s most ground-breaking interior light fitting.

In association with Philips

Winner: The Blade – iGuzzini

Derived from the development in recent years of the highly innovative and multi-award winning Laser Blade, The Blade goes a step further, becoming a ‘step change’ in miniaturisation and precision.

It consists of a wide range of highly discreet, superslim luminaires which can disappear into a ceiling during the day yet deliver a glare-free punch at night.  The extensive range includes multiple shapes and sizes, square and linear. At the smallest end, the 28mm version of The Blade range is the world’s smallest wall washer. It features patented optics with Opti Beam technology, where multi-faceted texture amplifies the reflections of light rays emitted by the LED to create a clean final effect. The wall washer versions feature an exclusive combination of reflectors and optical screens.

Highly Commended: ZipThree 707, Vode Lighting
Commended: I90-P, Glamox
Commended: Valto, Filamento
Shortlisted: 3D LED Flex 40, Radiant Architectural Lighting
Shortlisted: AXiO Linear, Aurora Lighting
Shortlisted: CompoSe, Archilumo
Shortlisted: HI-MAX, Luxonic
Shortlisted: Litex Elite, Eaton
Shortlisted: Palco Low Voltage Framer, iGuzzini
Shortlisted: Vaero, Zumtobel



Exterior Luminaire of the Year

The year’s most ground-breaking exterior light fitting.

In association with ZEN Lighting Control

Winner: CityMax – Holophane Europe

CityMax is a concept that delivers a versatile urban lighting system with a ‘modern, innovative’ design for a variety of urban applications.

Its circular design revolves around LED modules that make the  landscape a comfortable and pleasant space at night, whilst ensuring a discrete, elegant look in the day. The CityMax design means that its modules can be upgraded in line with future technology for maximum energy efficiency. The LED module system covers a large contact surface that conducts heat away from the critical electronic components which is then dissipated throughout the housing. The channel between the modules and the gear compartment generates a constant flow of air that passes through the luminaire. This process of convection ensures the luminaire is running as cool as possible resulting in a long system life.

Highly Commended: Light Up Adjustable, iGuzzini
Commended: Katana, DW Windsor
Commended: Lif, Selux
Shortlisted: Continulux, Footfall Lighting
Shortlisted: 3D LED Flex 40, Radiant Architectural Lighting
Shortlisted: P860, CU Phosco Lighting



Emergency Lighting Product of the Year

The most outstanding innovation in this sector including luminaires,
testing systems and signage

In association with ICEL

Winner: EM ready2apply – Tridonic

Judges described the EM ready2apply as ‘outstandingly creative’ product.

It’s an emergency light which fits through a 40mm hole and fits within a ceiling void of 80mm. Tridonic engineers managed to create the EM ready2apply after the combination of multiple design and technology innovations over a four-year development. The first challenge was a battery that would be small enough, but also pack enough power, for all suitable applications. Instead of NiCd and NiMH batteries, the unit uses LiFePO4 battery which exceed the safety, lifetime, and performance requirements. Judges were also impressed by the combination combining an LED driver, battery charging circuit, Dali interface, and monitoring circuit inside a space of just 75mm x 35mm x 25mm.  The use a strap allows the product to flex over on installation.

Highly Commended: Laser Diffraction Grating, Parhelion
Commended: Miresa, Remotian
Shortlisted: i-P65+, Eaton
Shortlisted: Monitor, Liteplan
Shortlisted: Omega, P4



Connected Lighting Innovation of the Year

Includes all VLC, IoT, Lifi, IP-based systems, data management
and smart cities technologies.

In association with Arrow

Winner: YellowDot technology – Philips OEM

Judges cited the YellowDot technology for ‘bringing the power of GPS to indoor retail applications’.

Each YellowDot-enabled fixture sends its own unique identifier to a shopper’s smartphone, allowing the system to accurately pinpoint the shopper’s location in the store. Once pinpointed, to an accuracy of less than 30 cm, this allows shoppers and store staff to receive directions to products or to receive location-based notifications.YellowDot is the only open program for lighting based indoor positioning, allowing flexibility in purchasing luminaires from multiple parties, while securing interoperability with Philips’ indoor positioning software with these luminaires. YellowDot offers a new and unique positioning performance level as it is hyperaccurate, needs no additional infrastructure  and is fully scalable. There are currently three power options (60W, 100W and 150W) available.

Highly Commended: LiFi-X, pureLiFi
Shortlisted: IoT Node, Nedap



Connected Lighting Concept of the Year

The best use of IP-connected lighting including apps, software or
service using the platform

In association with Gooee

Winner:  Gary Thornton



Enabling Technology of the Year

The most exceptional development in sources, drivers, optics,
thermal products and innovative materials

In association with IC Lighting

Winner: Programmable Multichannel Driver – Samsung

Samsung’s Programmable Multichannel Driver is the fundamental platform for white tuning.

The PMD is one of the most cost-effective driver solutions to tune color temperature (CCT) and dim light output through two-channel driving without using two conventional drivers. The PMD supports DALI and 0-10V output ports and universal input voltage for the global market and provides intuitive native white tunable control functionality with 0-10V legacy dimmers which has only two slide bars for CCT tuning and dimming. Its programming software enables the PMD to easily change the operating value settings, such as CCT and current and dimming range. Moreover, the PMD can be linked with other control modules and sensors by 24V auxiliary power. This helps customers keep their stock keeping units low.

Highly Commended: Direct Mountable Chip, Nichia
Highly Commended: Xitanium SR Driver,Philips
Commended: Laser Diffraction Grating, Perhelion
Shortlisted: CubePower, Luminus Devices
Shortlisted: InteGrade Premium White, Philips
Shortlisted: Integrated Downlight, Harvard Engineering
Shortlisted: Large Format LED Light Engine, Universal Science
Shortlisted: Lucian High Power PLW7070 LEDs, Plessey Semiconductors



Controls Product of the Year

The most outstanding innovation in this sector including
control systems, interfaces, ECG and sensors

In association with LEDs Magazine

Winner: Encelium Wireless – Osram

This networked light management system impressed the judges as a ‘flexible and powerful’ wireless control system.

It features  360 degree, 3D graphical control and reporting so you could control one fixture or an entire campus. It scales from a single control server and uses wireless and wired devices on the same system. It can integrate into other BMS systems via a BACnet® interface. It’s supplier-agnostic control that is also compatible with third party components. The Polaris 3D software is the core element and it facilitates the commissioning, usage, and data analysis of the lighting installation. Judges loved the 3D colour gradient visualisations which show how efficient the installation is and immediately reports the savings acheived. Zooming, panning, or tilting the view with just a few clicks helps the user to optimise the lighting performance of the building.

Highly Commended: Easyfit Bluetooth switch, EnOcean
Highly Commended: LEDrose, Multiload Controls
Highly Commended: zencontrols
Shortlisted: Shockwave, Saco Technologies
Shortlisted: Easilite, Saturn LED



Recycling Award

For exceptional achievement in the recycling of lamps and luminaires from refurbished projects

In association with Lumicom and Recolight

Winner: Zumtobel

Judges said the combination of Zumtobel and industry compliance body Lumicom was ‘an exemplar partnership that demonstrated what could be achieved with recycling’.

In this case, 100 per cent of removed lighting equipment – some 30 tonnes – has been removed and recycled from 82 stores. Since January of this year, the Zumtobel Group Services self-delivery team has installed Zumtobel and Thorn fittings in 82 Wilko stores and a further 22 stores in both central London and nationally. ZGS’s partnership with Lumicom ensures that all waste lighting products are removed. This did have issues with access and egress being sometimes hard to achieve due to most stores being in large shopping centres, but with good planning this was achieved and the team managed to remove the waste materials effectively.

Highly Commended: Pulsar
Shortlisted: Procure Direct
Shortlisted: Proven Energy Solutions



Manufacturer of the Year

The lighting equipment maker who has shown exceptional
performance and innovation in 2017

In association with Osram

Winner: Astro Lighting

The judges called Astro ‘a true lighting industry success story of recent years’.

The company started in the basement of a house in Sevenoaks when founders John Fearon and James Bassant set out to tackle the dearth of well-designed light fittings for bathrooms. The company now has the largest range available anywhere. Astro puts design at the heart of what it does and boasts a team of ten creative design engineers. It has undergone spectacular growth in recent years and has opened a subsidiary in the US. New Jersey-based Astro USA works with a number of rep agencies across the states and has an established partnership with Y Lighting, one of the largest e-commerce lighting brands in the US.

Highly Commended: Luxonic
Shortlisted: FUTURE Designs
Shortlisted: Holophane Europe
Shortlisted: Plessey Semiconductors
Shortlisted: Samsung
Shortlisted: Tamlite



Client of the Year

The end user who has most embraced innovation
in lighting in pursuit of its goals

In association with Tamlite

Winner: Maggie’s Centres

Maggie’s Centres are a network of drop-in centres which help anyone who has been affected by cancer.

Founded by Maggie Keswick Jencks, they provide a caring environment that can provide support and information and practical advice. Architecture and design, and their role in uplifting people, is at the heart of the enterprise. Carefully considered lighting always plays a key role in the centres, not least at the latest, Maggie’s at the Royal Oldham Hospital, designed by Altelier Ten. Direct light is avoided (as many cancer patients are sensitive to it) and the light is tuned to avoid making patient’s skin look unnecessarily unhealthy. Concealed, warm sources were used throughout. This is a highly efficient scheme at only 6 W/m2 installed lighting power density.

Credits: Lighting design – Atelier Ten: Wes Lloyd (senior lighting designer), Jonathan Gittins (associate director),  Elga Niemann (associate director). Architect: drMM; Main contractor: F Parkinson; Electrical contractor: Copelands; Project management: Robert Lombardelli Partnership; Lighting equipment: LightGraphix, Deltalight, KKDC,Ares, Vexica, Mode


Highly Commended: City of Bradford
Highly Commended: Dunnhumby
Commended: Pipers Corner School



SLL Young Lighter of the Year

In association with Amerlux

Winner:  Matt Hanbury



Lux Person of the Year

The person who has made an outstanding
contribution to the lighting industry in 2017

In association with Samsung

Winner: Peter Boyce

Peter Boyce is a world authority on lighting for people, and has been researching light’s effects on human beings for over half a century.

He wrote the seminal book on the subject – Human Factors in Lighting – and his insights have informed standards and practices for decades. He is a Professor Emeritus at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, where he conducted research on visual performance, visual comfort, circadian effects, emergency lighting and lighting for driving. He is also a fellow of the Society of Light and Lighting. This year he steps down as the technical editor of the industry’s peer review journal – Lighting Research & Technology – after almost a decade’s outstanding service. His current interest areas are photobiology, lighting for elderly, security lighting, light pollution and lighting quality.


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