Lighting in Design Q1 2023

Towns in France let the citizens control the streetlights Turn on the streetlights in one click: around ten French towns have already been seduced by the J’ignite ma rue application.

sumption by turning off the light for six hours a night. The bill has only dropped by 25%. “Like everyone else, we are facing the rise in the price of electricity,” comments the mayor who intends to generalize the system throughout his city. “It took longer than expected because not all of our streetlights are equipped with LED bulbs. For those, it’s fast, they light up as quickly as they go out, but we also have sodium lamps, which need a longer heating and cooling time.” The municipality plans to eventually change them.

In Île-de-France, Longpont-sur-Orge (Essonne) was the first to take the plunge. Since the end of 2021, the inhabitants of this municipality of 6 300 inhabitants have been able, on demand, to control the lights in the city centre using their smartphone, which are off from 11 pm to 5 am. The principle is very simple: once connected, the user is automatically geolocated. All they have to do is press the digital bulb which sends information to the nearby electrical cabinet, which controls the streetlights in the area. Energy consumption halved “On average, we record two to three uses per night, indicates Alain Lamour, the mayor (DVG). “We wanted to turn off the city lights to save money but also to reduce our carbon footprint and allow nocturnal species like bats to find a more natural space. This on-demand ignition system solves the problem of insecurity that some people may feel when they find themselves outside in the dark.” And it works. In one year, the town has halved its energy con The Designers Lighting Forum of New York is ready to launch the 2023 edition of the LEDucation Trade Show and Conference on March 7–8, at the New York Hilton Midtown. Thousands of lighting professionals are pre paring for two days of vital networking, education, and discovering new opportunities and products. “We’re counting down the days until LEDucation returns to its full pre-pandemic glory. Our goal is to bring inspiration, education, and excitement to the l ighting community,” LEDucation Commit tee Co - Chairs Burt Grant, Metro Areas Sales, and Caroline Rinker, O’Blaney Rinker Associates, stated. “All signs indicate that the industry is just as excited as we are. We’re seeing a strong influx of prominent lighting designers and architects who will be in attendance, as well as distributors, engineers, interior designers, specifiers, energy consultants, and students from the US, Canada, and Europe.” Over 380 exhibitors will be showcasing their latest innovations in smaller, intimate creative spaces on two floors of the NY Hilton Midtown event space. The booth layouts allow for a more personal approach for relationship building and have always proved to be a highly productive experience for exhibitors and attendees in past shows. A networking event in the Trianon Ballroom (3rd floor) will take place Tuesday night at 6:00pm for all to unwind from the day with refreshments with colleagues, new and old. Thirty-six educational sessions, including virtual sessions on Monday, March 6th, appear to be attract ing lighting professionals experiencing rapid change Final countdown to LEDucation 2023

in the marketplace and in business operations. This exchange of ideas and aspirations will foster exist ing relationships and form new oppor tunities and networks. LEDucation falls on International Women’s Day Wednesday, March 8 th , and Women in Lighting Design (WILD) is partnering with LEDucation to call attention to this important day. We ask attendees to help by donning their best pink attire and turn color-changing lights pink. The WILD table, across from registration, will offer a wearable token to those who want to shine a light on discrimination and gender parity. The 24 th IESNYC Student Lighting Competition, presented by the Illuminating Engineering Society New York City Section will be held at LEDucation on Tuesday, March 7 th in Americas Hall 2. More than 100 students from New York City schools will be display ing their creative lighting projects based on the theme “Circle of Light.” This theme challenges students to construct a three-dimensional study, exploring how light plays a role in the cyclical nature of life. Lighting pros and young people will network and enjoy re freshments while viewing the exhibition, and $9000 in cash prizes wi l l be awarded. The Competition showcases both MFA students and undergraduates from diverse educational tracks. Join in virtually to the LEDucation 2023 Confer ence on ‘Virtual Monday’, March 6 th 3 pm-1:30 am South African time.


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