A Bright Start to the New Year – January 2018 Newsletter


It’s hard to believe that we have entered a new year, 2017 flashed by so quickly. It is often said that time flies faster as you get older. Of course that is only perception, because the day still has only 24 hours and a year still has 52 weeks.

I am of the firm opinion that 2018 is going to be so much better for all of us than 2017, a year which had its fair share of surprises and uncertainty. A year in which many were faced with some tough belt-tightening and where business lost a margin of confidence. I believe that whilst we live in a real world where change does occur, some of the uncertainty has now been dealt with to the satisfaction of most South Africans.

Accordingly, BHA School of Lighting now offers 15 courses on a variety of specialist subjects and for particular groups of people. We will also tailor make courses for professionals to address specific technical aspects of lighting when requested to do so. Read more about the range of courses now offered a little further on in the Newsletter.

It goes without saying that the Enrollment demand for the Diploma in Illumination Engineering continues unabated at a steady rate. The first enrollments for the Master Diploma in Illumination Engineering will commence in January 2018. We look forward to welcoming all new students.

We wish you a very successful 2018.

As George Peppard in his role as Hannibal Smith of the A-Team famously said: “I love it when a plan comes together” and that’s what I said on completion of the lighting, said to be the best LED stadium lighting in South Africa at Eurolux Boland Park.

What to expect from technology advances in 2018

Lighting is changing, and the next 12 months will be a defining period in the sector as we move away from an energy-saving offer to fully embrace all things digital.

The global Light + Building show in March 2018 will be a key moment, and all the while disruption and uncertainty look set to be continuing themes. Here’s how Lux sees the big trends to watch for in 2018:

Luminaires will boast more functionality

Expect this to be a big trend at Light + Building in Frankfurt in March. Due to increased commoditisation and falling prices, light fittings simply won’t just illuminate any more. They’ll have on-board capabilities such as increased intelligence, sensors, build-in wireless connectivity and colour tuning. Expect buzzwords such as ‘IoT ready’ and ‘digital light’.

Controls will leave the cupboard

Traditionally, lighting controls have resided in a big black box of electronics which sat in a cupboard. In 2018, expect to see the intelligence move into the luminaire. The interface will increasingly be standard devices using Bluetooth. The ‘self-learning’ algorithms popular on consumer thermostats will also begin to appear as standard on lighting control platforms.

Emergency lighting standards will be driven up

Sir Martin Moore-Bick’s inquiry into the London’s Grenfell Tower fire kicks off in earnest in 2018, and a spotlight will be shone on the regulations, standards, guidance, specification, installation practice and maintenance regimes for emergency lighting. It will be an uncomfortable watch for the industry, but should concentrate minds and drive up standards.

Li-Fi will begin to get adopted

Thanks to the launch at LuxLive in November of a range of certified kit, including drivers and luminaires, we expect to see the delivery of the internet via visible light start to gain traction in the market. Early adopters will be in the security, military and diplomatic sectors where computer users want the convenience of Wi-Fi but without its vulnerabilities.

Lighting will join the connected office

The so-called ‘connected office’ will start to become a reality in 2018, driven by the big property developers. Companies such as Land Securities and CBRE – under pressure to be seen to be innovating in the sector – already have extensive trials of IoT lighting and will be the ones to create compelling use cases for their clients. The big drivers will be well-being and productivity.

Bluetooth will win the protocol war

After two years of internal wrangling, Bluetooth chiefs have ratified a standard which meshes together its beacons, allowing them to give instructions to each other. The move boosts Bluetooth’s reach far beyond the typical10m range that’s familiar to consumers. In 2018 expect this development to drive IoT lighting into retail, warehouse, commercial offices, and other locations.

Human-centric lighting will get serious

Current ‘human-centric’ lighting installations are often unworthy of the name; ‘colour temperature-changing’ would be a better term. However, thanks to an increasing body of research from Scandinavia in particular, expect to see more and more true human centric systems installed. Offices and care homes, especially those with dementia patients, will be first.

Lighting pollution will be a major issue

Lighting pollution has been an issue in the industry for decades, but expect clients and regulators to take it super seriously in 2018, driven by increased awareness and concerns that the low price and cooler colour temperatures of LEDs are causing more lighting pollution more than high pressure sodium ever did.

The WELL Building standard will be big

It may be an American import and the product of an independent, non-government organisation, but the WELL Building Standard is rapidly gaining traction on this side of the pond as current guidance fails to keep up with trends in workplace wellbeing and productivity. Clients see it as added value for their tenants, so expect lighting specs to demand compliance in 2018.

The industry will be driven by consolidation and partnerships

Stand-alone lighting manufacturers will look increasingly isolated in 2018 as consolidation really takes hold in the market. Expect to see lots of acquisitions and mergers as the fragmented industry tidies itself up. But the really big trend will be partnerships – such as the Philips and Cisco tie-up – where lighting makers buddy up with tech specialists.

The next Episode of How the IoT can Help to Solve Everyday Problems Focuses on Offices

Do you really need to build an extension? Smart lights can tell how well your buildings are being used, and what areas are hot spots and what are underused, leading to major savings.

IoT lights can prioritise cleaning

Cleaning companies can use information from smart lights to determine the frequency of cleaning visits required for areas of buildings based on occupancy and traffic.

IoT lights can help manage meeting rooms

Connected lights with smart sensors can tell facilities managers if meeting rooms are being used after booking, and by how many people. The information can help too with space planning.

IoT lights can help employees personalise their lighting

Using just a smart phone detected by the IoT lights, hot-desking employees can tune the illumination levels – and even the colour temperature – of the lights wherever they are.

IoT lights can deliver the internet securely

Internet-connected PoE (Power over Ethernet) lights with Li-Fi functionality can deliver ultra-high internet connections to enabled devices, avoiding the security and bandwidth issues of traditional Wi-Fi. Pic: Philips Lighting

Attention Lighting Specifiers!

Do you have peace of mind when specifying lighting systems?


Do you know what to ask the supplier to provide when considering LED products?

If your answer is NO or if you have some doubts, contact BHA School of Lighting about the BHASL015: LED Lighting Specification online short course.  It will provide you with all that you need to know and what to include in your specification for tender documents.

Contact me, Philip Hammond on 081-523 5374 for more information.

BHA School of Lighting Courses 2018

  1. BHASL001: Foundation Lighting course
  2. BHASL002: Primary Lighting course
  3. BHASL003: Diploma in Illumination Engineering course
  4. BHASL004: Scotopic/Mesopic Richness of Light
  5. BHASL005: Master Diploma in Illumination Engineering
  6. BHASL006: Photometry: Theory and Practical
  7. BHASL007: Lighting Economics
  8. BHASL008: LED Lighting technology and applications
  9. BHASL009: Emergency Lighting (Not standby)
  10. BHASL010: Lighting for Architects and Interior Designers
  11. BHASL011: RELUX Intermediate course
  12. BHASL012: RELUX Advanced course
  13. BHASL013: Glare
  14. BHASL014: Latest technologies – how to design, instal and use the Internet of Things, Power over Ethernet, Visible Light Communication and Indoor Positioning Systems. Human Centric Lighting is included
  15. BHASL015: LED Lighting Specification for Requests for Proposals and Tender Documents

Contact BHA School of Lighting:

Philip Hammond – 081-523 5374 – phil@bhalighting.co.za


Daniel Hammond – 060-519 7185 – daniel@bhalighting.co.za

Welcome to the following new students who have enrolled for BHASL003: Diploma in Illumination Engineering Course:

  • Daniel Banfield, Eagle Lighting, Cape Town


Welcome to the following members of Consulting Electrical Engineering Practices who enrolled for a private tuition session for BHASL004: Scotopic/Mesopic Richness of Light.

I trust that the tuition session was of tremendous value to you all.

  • Paul Trewartha, Carin De Beer, Franz Fertig, Kevin van Schelt, Kwame Adu-Asomaning, Vicki Vermeulen: Arup Cape Town
  • Zen Singh: Arup, Durban
  • Zayd Vawda, Kavitha Govender: Arup Johannesburg
  • David Cousins, Thomas Vollmer, Jacobus Fouche, Sonto Msimango, Rudi Scholtz: Rawlins Wales Cape.


Happy birthday to the following shining lights:

  • Bradley and Warwick Muller, 6 January
  • Pablo Albarello, 10 January
  • Aadil Vahed, 31 January

Control the lights from your phone at Hilton Hotels

Hilton Hotels has unveiled a high-tech guest room that enables guests to control the lighting from their phone. 

Dubbed ‘Connected Room’, the technology allows guests to also control the temperature, the TV and the window blinds. 

Connected Room is live in one hotel but will be rolled out in coming weeks in several more, and will begin to scale rapidly to hotels across the United States in 2018.

In the longer-term, Connected Room will support a range of connected devices, engagements and experiences. Guests will able to use voice commands to control their room or access their content, and to upload their own artwork and photos to automatically display in their room. Guests will also be able to set various preferences in their Hilton Honors account profile to further customize their in-room experience to their individual preferences.

‘At Hilton, almost all digital products are born out of necessity and shortcomings in the marketplace – and Connected Room is no exception’, Joshua Sloser, senior vice president of digital product, Hilton, told Lux. ‘The technology we put in hotel rooms has to be intuitive, simple and quick to pick up because guests typically spend a limited amount of time in their rooms and we want them to spend that time enjoying the experience instead of adapting to new technology.’

Hilton says the Connected Room is the industry’s ‘first truly mobile-centric’ room, building on the success of the Hilton Honors app. Hilton says that the digital adoption is rapid: Honors members are already using the app to check-in, select their room, and open their hotel room’s door with Digital Key. Since the technology was launched, there have been some 34 million digital check-ins, four million room key downloads and more than 18.7 million doors opened. In the month of October, a door was unlocked with Digital Key every 1.5 seconds.

I believe in giving you constant encouragement.  The world of lighting is advancing so fast. New technologies and even more importantly, new techniques continue to evolve.  It is essential to master all of these if you want to be acknowledged as an expert and as the “go to” lighting design person.  The only way to achieve this, is to learn and study at every opportunity.



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