(this post is uploaded on behalf of Katy Bryan, UK Sustainability Manager for Philips Lighting)


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Hi there,



Recently I have been working with various NHS trusts to see how lighting can help impact on their carbon emissions, energy consumption and maintenance costs. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Directors of Estates to map out what role lighting can play in the strategic direction of the trust. Much of the feedback is on how lighting companies can accelerate the adoption of LED in the market place. Amongst other suggestions, the need for clear and easy to access information on what to look for when specifying LED lighting is needed. All valid points!


I look forward to responding to this feedback and addressing such issues as below through CPD’s, which can be held on one's Estate.


  • The Basics of Light and Lighting
  • The Principles of LED
  • Introduction to Lighting Controls
  • Lighting for Medical Environments
  • Light and Wellbeing - How Lighting Impacts on Patient Comfort 


If you would like to know more, please email me: katy.bryan@philips.com.


Maybe you have some other suggestions for issues we should address? If so, we’d love to hear them. Why not comment here or mention them to me on Twitter @KatyBryan?


Thank you!



(This post has been edited on April 10 to include information on the Peckham Charette Exhibition)





At the beginning of February, we invited the AJ, four UK architects and three UK Lighting Designers to visit our base in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.The crew toured our High Tech campus, the Lighting Application Centre and a working production line in Aachen, Germany.











Architects included;


and lighting designers;


We showed the architects how low energy light sources could help them retrofit buildings and reduce the environmental impact of new build schemes and asked the lighting designes to help decode the various products that we encountered. A great blend!


Our May edition of Luminous Magazine is coming out soon with an article about this Inspirational Trip and insights from Ludovico Lombardi & Dominic Harris on Lighting-Architecture Integration.

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The #DesignDay we held recently with Architects Journal is well documented at this stage!


For the full online publication, see the Architects Journal (subscription required).

For the video, see our YouTube Channel.

For a 2degrees write-up on it, please see here.




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You can see the results of the above #DesignDay at an exhibition in The Architecture Foundation (136-148 Tooley St, London SE1 2TU) from Thursday, 12 April 2012 to Thursday, 26 April 2012, 12.00pm – 6.00pm.


At the launch of this exhibition on Thursday evening, we will have a guest appearance from Paula Rainha of the Philips Light World Tour in which Paula travelled from city to city around the world to find the most inspirational lighting installations & designs. Some images from the tour will be on show and Paula will also be available to chat & share her experiences and opinions on how lighting can create a liveable city.




"Nowadays a significant part of time we spent in cities are dark hours. This means that the way a city is experienced also depends on how it is illuminated. Lighting plays an important role not only in the recognition of the cityscape but also on the experience of each individual in their own environment through public lighting, illuminated architecture or public light art. This can see be seen all over the world, after all, light is an universal language."






For more information, send Teresa an email teresa.vallis@philips.com or catch her on twitter (@TeresaVallis)

(This blog post is uploaded on behalf of Katy Bryan, Philips Sustainability Manager. Follow Katy on Twitter here)









We're going to be presenting at two sustainability seminars hosted by the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management (IHEEM). The first will be on 19 April 2012 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel and the second will on 16 May 2012 in London (location to be confirmed).


Focusing on the environmental and financial benefits of energy efficient lighting, we will illustrate how lighting can deliver a centre's environmental targets and discuss the additional energy savings from lighting controls for the 'round the clock' healthcare environment.


Attendees will also get the opportunity to hear from Professor Kevin Lomas, an expert on the application of computer models to the design and assessment of buildings and cities, and the actual energy and environmental performance of occupied domestic and non-domestic buildings.


For a full list of speakers and more information please visit:



If you would like to connect with us before the event then please email katy.bryan@philips.com. We can also facilitate for you a 10% discount on the non-IHEEM member rate!


Hope to see you there!




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We at Philips Lighting UK are eagerly awaiting the highlight of the HIT charity calendar - The Industry Dinner.


As a key sponsor, Philips will be joining a host of other influential players in the hospitality industry to support a range of fundraising activities alongside the likes of Coca Cola who have secured a unique opportunity to have the London 2012 Olympic Torch present on the evening. These charitable donations support the bursaries scholarshop programme in awarding bespoke learning experiences to students.


Held at the prestigious Hilton Glasgow, HIT Scotland is showcasing an international flavour throughout the evening in the true spirit of the Olympics, delighting in the skills of some of the Hilton Group's most talented and well-respected chefs.


Created in 1994, the Hospitality Industry Trust is a Scottish-based charity which raises funds to support and encourage excellence in the hospitality and tourism sector. Through practical support, including bursaries, scholarships and industry events, HIT Scotland helps those training to enter the industry, and those already within the the industry to achieve their full potential.


Follow us @PhilipsLightUK for live updates and images of the #HITindustrydinner


*Post Event UPDATE*


Philips and other supporting hospitality leaders of the HIT Scotland Charity enjoyed a showcase of unique talents from the Bruce Sistaz extreme martial arts performance to Replay, a Scottish contemporary function band. The 350 guests, including this year's Lifetime Achievement Award winner Norman Springford - Chairman of Apex Hotels, were treated to an international flavour of skills from some of The Hilton Group's most talented and well-respected chefs from around the world.


Guided through the fundraising activities by host Bryan Burnett, we were given the opportunity to win or bid for some of the finest prizes from the Hospitality Industry raising a staggeringly generous £50,000 for HIT Scotland's charitable developments of emerging talent.


The evening was a fantastic show of generosity and shared long term goals for growth within the Hospitality industry, especially in the continually challenging and uncertain climate. Overall, an inspiring evening with continuing support from Philips.


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(Celebrating a decade of lighting design, the awards showcase the best of the lighting industry recognising designers and rewarding innovations in lighting technology.)



At the tenth Lighting Design Awards at the London Hilton yesterday, we won the light sources category with our MASTER LED Designer Bulb. Lionel Roussel (pictured below), Head of Product Management at Philips Lighting UK, had this to say:


“We are thrilled to have received this accolade. Philips is always seeking to push the boundaries of technology and design. The MASTER LED Designer Bulb is a truly unique light source offering flexibility and control, coupled with inimitable style.“






Also, a special congratulations to Sutton Vane and Speirs & Major on their accolades!


Teresa Vallis @TeresaVallis

“#LDA2012 mike grubb Sutton vane lighting designer of the year, well deserved!”


Rogier van der Heide @rogiervdheide

“And finally... #award for #design practice of the decade at #LDA2012 ... Received by @SpeirsandMajor !! Congratulations Jonathan and Mark!”


If you would like to enquire about our MASTER LED Designer Bulb, please email lighting@philips.co.uk and we will answer your query immediately.

We're excited to announce our first lighting innovations launch of 2012 for the UK market.



New Outdoor Product Innovations






New Indoor Product Innovations






Twitter Competition


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Like our Philips Lighting colleagues in the US, we want to give our UK fans the chance to enter a competition. We have 10 Philips MASTER LEDbulbs to give away, just tell us why you want one in less than 140 characters!


Send your answers via Twitter to @PhilipsLightUK using the hashtag:#LEDbulbAlert


Terms & conditions apply



For more information on these products, please email lighting.uk@philips.com.

"Essential, not just important, to Healthcare"


On Tuesday, Philips Lighting presented at the NHS Sustainable Development Conference held by Govtoday in The Brewery, London. The Conference provided analysis of the NHS Sustainabile Development strategy and progress to date in the achievement of Carbon Reductions, whilst also identifying areas for concern, discussing the solutions sought and the challenges ahead in the creation of the Sustainable Healthcare System.


Katy Bryan (@katybryan) and Richard Tandy, Philip Lighting Healthcare Manager, were delighted to present a Master Class on the social and functional benefits of energy efficient LED lighting in a healthcare environment.Together they showed how lighting can help deliver a centre's environmental targets, gave an insight into the science behind the social benefits of lighting to a patients well-being and illustrated the additional energy savings from lighting controls for the 'round the clock' hospital environment.



"A far cry from the traditional, sterile environment"



At the Philips stand, the attention we received about HealWell gave us the feeling that we had really engaged clinical stakholders and decision makers about the social benefits of lighting. We were able to discuss ,in more detail, the effects of blue light, how light affects a patient's melatonin & cortisol levels and, in particular, the benefit of lighting to those suffering from dementia. See here for more information on the white paper we researched with The Maastricht University Medical Center.



Many of these social benefits are further illustrated here in a case study on our Birmingham Childrens Hospital project, in partnership with The King's Fund.



If you’d like to find out more about Philips Lighting, please visit www.lighting.philips.co.uk.


If you would like to know more on the financial side of our Total Lighting Solution for Healthcare, please contact Richard Tandy. (richard.tandy2@philips.com).

This blog post is uploaded on behalf of John Gorse, Technical Marketing Manager for Philips Lighting UK. John is a member of CIBSE, ILP, LIA Techical Board & Lighting Journal Editorial Board. Follow John on Twitter here.



Hi all!


My recent article in LUX Magazine aimed to explain more about the background to ECA's and show that there is no easy 'tick-box' to a Capital Allowance.


There is not a 'list' of ECA complaint products, rather it is based on performance and many other end user and installation criteria.


I trust it will make things a bit clearer!


Also just today...


I've been alerted of breaking news released as an 'exclusive' by Lux Magazine; "LENI to be included in Part L". This is the first step in moving from the restricitve Lumens per Watt values.


I believe LENI will be the over riding factor in Part L  2016 and not the perfomance criteria as currently in place. This will allow the best technology to flourish!

We were delighted to get invited by Practical Action, a charity organisation that uses technology to challenge poverty in developing countries, to attend a ministerial event in London with Alan Duncan, Minister of State for International Development. The main item on the agenda will be to discuss how a company like Philips can work with an NGO and bring energy access and services to the developing world. This event coincides with the start of the "2012 UN International Year of Sustainable Energy for All" initiative which aims to support a movement for change on energy access.


I look forward to discussing some of the great projects that my Philips colleagues like Nick Kelso have worked on thus far in Africa. Projects that have provided solar lighting solutions to areas void of electricity, allowing people to read, write, interact and play sport in the evening.


We've found that up to 30% of an African families budget can go on generating light through kerosene and with ever increasing oil prices, this is not sustainable. In the Netherlands, the Dutch government initiated the ‘Sustainable Energy Solutions for Africa’ (SESA), which aims to provide 10 million people with affordable, sustainable energy services across 10 sub-Saharan African countries by 2015. It would be great to take a leaf from their book.


Philips have worked with some great ambassadors like Ruud Gullit (a personal hero of mine), Deborah Gravenstijn, Olympic judo champion and Lornah Kiplogat, world champion runner, who all show a real passion for improving the lives of African people.





Soon we hope to hear of the first results of our project with the Independent Development Trust which will show the effects of a new generation of solar powered LED road and area lighting in two rural off-grid communities in South Africa. This will help us understand the effects of evening time lighting on aspects of rural community life such as safety, education, productivity and general well-being.


From a personal point of view, I've always wanted to be involved in such projects which transform communities. The benefits to a community are endless: increased productivity, job creation, evening education and sport, improved road safety, stimulation of tourism, general improvement to one's quality of life. It's great to be a part of new developments that have the potential to transform life in the developing world, offering significant social & economical benefits.

Slightly later in the month than anticipated, here are Katy Bryan's, UK Sustainability Manager for Philips, foresights for 2012. Follow Katy and be part of her emergence in the Twitter world here.


Instead of the usual “Happy New Year” greeting on return to the office earlier this month, an enthusiastic graduate asked me what I was most excited about in the coming year, I pondered. If he had asked me this last year, I would have said “receiving an ethically sourced diamond engagement ring. “A year later, with the lack of a wedding to plan (I am still waiting) my mind turns  to whether 2012 will be the year that people start to realise all the benefits sustainability brings.




One of the key challenges I faced in 2011 was educating people about the difference between being “environmentally friendly,” and “sustainable.” Often when evaluating an energy efficient project, the key stakeholders I speak to are usually most worried about including the financial details of the project based on the energy and maintenance savings they can make and the carbon emissions they will prevent.


The social benefits associated with an investment are often neglected, I spent most of last year trying to understand why this is the case – in most cases I found that people were unaware of the social benefits of most projects and when they realised the benefits, they found it difficult to make these tangible to include in a business case.


I heard a great example of this at a sustainability conference, with so many local authorities turning their street lights off, it is tempting for others to follow suit. Simply turning street lights off is great for the councils pocket – they realise a financial saving (economic benefit) from lower electricity bills and an environmental benefit is generated by halting their carbon dioxide emissions.


However in my experience, not only is it extremely dangerous (see BBC article here of soldier Edward Heal who was killed recently in a road crash)  people are less likely to walk short journeys at night if a road is not lit very well and will opt to drive instead – collectively this behaviour may increase overall emissions in the area. The key is to put people at the heart of a project like this– realising the social benefits, asking how can light be used to create a safe attractive environment, a positive effect on society.


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Perhaps I should translate this to my home life, emphasising the social benefits of an engagement ring (he would get a quieter life, less washing up, ironed clothes etc!) rather than focusing on the initial capital outlay of an ethically sourced diamond ring......

This blog post is uploaded on behalf of Teresa Vallis, Creative Channel Marketeer for Philips Lighting UK. Follow Teresa on Twitter here.




For all lighting designers, architects and consultant engineer.....


Join us for lunch –  we’ll come to you.


Would you like to be kept up to date with new developments but just don’t have the time? Why not let us visit your practice and share

our latest innovative lighting solutions with you?


We’ll even bring lunch!


For more information or to book a lunch appointment, please contact:

teresa.vallis@philips.com or call 07747 006309


Twitter hashtag: #innovationlunches

This blog post is uploaded on behalf of Katy Bryan, Philips UK Sustainability Manager. Follow Katy on Twitter here.









If you haven’t already joined the 2degrees network, you really should, in my opinion its the world leading online community over 18,200 sustainability professionals from over 90 countries, so ideas worth spreading, spread fast.


I’ve found the 2degrees network really helpful for when I’ve had a challenge relating to CRC – for example clarification on the UK Carbon Reduction Commitment, but also useful in advising other members who are looking to implement energy efficient lighting, allowing us and them to harness the opportunities that sustainability brings.


I think the key differentiator of 2degrees is that they have community managers who ensure that information is shared with the right people within the network via webinars, physical roundtables and discussion forums online, tailored information is key these days with so much information being delivered online.


The purpose of this blog post is to vent my excitement of Philips being the key sponsor of the 2degrees Summit on 24th January at Tower Hill, London. The 2degrees Summit is a high-energy workshop event for business people serious about sustainability (I am quite competitive, I hope there isn’t anyone more serious about sustainability than me, but we shall see.) The summit will allow sustainability professionals share their challenges and experiences with like-minded people, learning how others have successfully engaged stakeholder groups to make change happen within their organisation.


Each delegate has submitted their sustainability challenges ahead of the Summit, meaning when they sit in their roundtables, the community managers from 2degrees will make it their mission for the day to put them in contact with other delegates who have solved similar challenges, or can offer a solutions. I think my challenge should be, “how do I stop over thinking about sustainability?” Which is a good challenge to have as I quite enjoy thinking about sustainability, but sometimes my brain can’t cope with “is it better to reuse or recycle this jam jar?”


The highlight of the summit for me will most probably be hearing Harry Verhaar, our Global Director for Sustainability giving his view on international approaches to sustainability to the audience. Harry is a really exciting chap, with a wealth of experience in this area, perhaps I’ve just found the person more serious about sustainability than me!


Follow the summit on Twitter with this hashtag: #2dsummit



Are you aware that more Salix funding has been released???


The Scheme allows UK public sector bodies to apply for an interest free loan to finance up to 100% of the costs of energy saving projects – lighting project usually qualify depending on the payback and carbon saved.


The application process will be in two stages:

• The application, project assessment and commitment to fund from Salix.

• The completion of the project with set up of the loan and payment of the money (unless Salix agree to fund on an interim payment basis).

The funding can be applied for in this current financial year only, ending on 31 March 2012.


Once a project is accepted for funding by Salix, the applicant has up to 9 months to complete the works from the date of a commitment letter from Salix agreeing to finance the projects applied for in the application form. Application notes and details of the scheme can be found by following the link below.


Applications will be processed on a first come first served basis until all funds are allocated so the sooner an application is made then there is a greater chance of obtaining the required funding.


If you would like a Philips representative to advise you on lighting projects that may qualify for Salix funding, please contact Katy Bryan, Philips UK Sustainability Manager (katy.bryan@philips.com),  for more information.


Alternatively please enter your details here for more information.



At the recent 2011 Carbon Reduction Conference in London, attendees were faced with the question: how do we reduce emissions while ensuring economic growth?


This raised an interesting debate about the transition to a low carbon economy. While there were varying opinions, I think there was a belief that current green technologies will allow us to reach 2050 goals and that carbon reduction is still of top priority for political support, plans & future budgets.


As the day progressed, I attended some interesting talks, especially one which addressed how Facility Management can achieve a greener organisation through a strategic approach and a joined up management plan. In simple terms, organisations need to take a step back and identify what areas they need to improve, how they will do it and then what is needed for this improvement to take place. There is not one solution that fits all but a great place to start is to introduce smart meters. Practical examples were then provided from new build universities to refurbished hospitals that introduced energy efficient lighting. The talk finished with an answer to a top three of most important changes to improve energy use in buildings:

  • introduce controls
  • full stakeholder buy in
  • power distribution


It was great then to listen to Balfour Beatty, the engineering & construction firm and hear how they were managing energy consumption and integrating sustainability in the design, construction and operation of infrastructure. They explained some practical energy performance measures they have taken to date, and one in particular, highlighted how a simple street lighting dimming control system can deliver startling energy efficiency.


The effect of sustainable outdoor lighting solutions was further examined by Mike Simpson, in particular the role of lighting in a livable city. Mike shared his belief of how the outdoor environment should be an extension of our living space. He progressed to discuss the concept of the sustainable building and the effect of changes in legislation like Part L of Building Regulations and the need for more transparency. He exposed the need for new legislation to address the consumption of energy (a carbon tax) and detailed how lighting control and presence detection technologies can contribute to energy consumption reduction. He also called for the UK to follow the US governments in producing such initiatives as setting manufacturers with the task of producing the most energy efficient lamp possible.


All in all, an interesting day with much to muse over. I look forward to the Society of Light and Lighting’s next event on December 13, 2011, which introduces a new Code for Lighting. Mike Simpson will argue that we need the Code and other standards as they give key guidance while Tim Downey will put the opposing view that we shouldn’t design by numbers and Jeff Shaw will explain why we need the Code but why we also need to move away from it. Much to debate!