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The top 10 Lux videos of 2017

What were the most popular videos of 2017? Our top 10 includes Li-Fi technology, human centric lighting – and journalists dressing up in medieval costumes…

THE LUX VIDEO crew has had a busy year, criss-crossing the world to capture the views of top experts in lighting.

But the team also made time to give its light-hearted take on the history of lighting for the Lux Awards presentation ceremony. 2017 was a big year for the technology of Li-Fi and the concept of human centric lighting, and that’s reflected in our top 10 list. So sit back, grab a coffee and check any videos you may have missed throughout the year…



1 How to design human centric lighting – by scientist who discovered it
The lighting industry needs to take a much more ‘dynamic’ approach to lighting workplaces, Professor Russell Foster, says in this interview with Lux. Foster is credited with discovering light sensitive ganglion cells in the retina of the eye, which have an influence over the body’s internal clock.



2 The (unreliable) History of Lighting
Team Lux raids the dressing-up box to bring you the history of lighting from the beginnings of man via medieval times and the Victorian era to the groovy 1970s…and into the future! First shown at the Lux Awards 2017.



3 School installs experimental lighting to improve grades
Lux created this video for our friends in Lighting for People. This experimental human centric lighting scheme has been installed at Lindeborgskolan school in Malmo, Sweden, aimed at improving pupil’s grades and exam results.



4 How will Li-Fi change the world?
As Philips announces they are investing in Li-Fi, this week we explore a new technology that has the ability to change the world. What is Li-Fi and how will revolutionise the way we receive the internet into our homes? Lux Today  21 February 2017


5 Lux Awards 2017 – The winners!
All the action from the InterContinental at the O2 in London, where 18 outstanding recipients of 2017 Lux Awards give their reactions. For more, including downloadable pictures and information on how to enter for 2017, visit www.luxawards.co.uk


6 Sneak peek: The world’s first Li-Fi luminaire
The first luminaire with integrated Li-Fi – the internet delivered by visible light – will be unveiled at the LuxLive 2017 show in London on Thursday 15 November. It has been developed by pureLiFi and Lucibel. View a sneak peek of the tech in this short video.


7 Lighting industry needs to ‘wake up’ to hacking
The UK’s leading ethical hacker has warned that the lighting industry needs to ‘wake up’ when it comes to Internet of Things (IoT) security, or risk the technology being turned into a Trojan Horse for hackers.



8 Lux exclusive: See inside the world’s first Li-Fi office
The world’s first fully-networked Li-Fi office is the Edinburgh home of tech start-up pureLiFi. Here chief operating officer Harald Burchardt walks us through the space and shows how the internet is being delivered using visible light from LED luminaires


9 The challenge for luminaire makers in 2017
Dean Skira – keynote speaker at the Lighting Fixture Design conference in London on 21 and 22 February 2017 – outlines the challenges facing lighting manufacturers in a disrupted market. View the full programme and reserve your place for this crucial event at www.lightingfixturedesign.com


10 Lighting is ‘no magic bullet’ to cut suicides, says top police officer
The use of coloured lighting to deter social ills such as crime, suicides and anti-social behaviour is no magic bullet, says Mark Stokes, crime reduction supervisor with the British Transport Police, in an interview recorded at LuxLive 2017 in London. Interview by Randy Reid.



BONUS TRACK: Lux’s best performing video of all time…

The artificial skylight that you won’t believe isn’t real
With over 1.3 million views, this video has gone well and truly viral. We take a look at the revolutionary CoeLux artificial skylight which recreates the scientific process that makes the sky appear blue. It also creates an illusion of depth to make the ‘sun’ appear to be far above.