Luxcrete: an invention that brought daylight to dark Victorian buildings

Posted: June 20th, 2017
When:
October 11, 2017 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
2017-10-11T17:45:00+01:00
2017-10-11T19:45:00+01:00
Where:
LONDON Alan Baxter Gallery
75 Cowcross St
Clerkenwell, London EC1M
UK
Cost:
Free
Contact:
London Meetings
0207 3714445

Luxfer 1905 P63A lecture by Ian Edwards. The origins of Luxcrete can be traced back more than 100 years to a British inventor based in the States who patented a product in the 1880s that used refraction of natural light to illuminate dark Victorian buildings. This system  performance was further enhanced by the prominent physics professor and spectroscopist Henry H Crew and leading light engineer Olin H Basquin.  Basquin developed the product by establishing the brightness of the Chicago sky for calculations to design prisms and is still credited with being the first person to record daylight measurements scientifically. The eminent American architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed many of the early prisms used in the system to transfer the daylight. First established in the UK in 1898 under license, the Luxfer British Prism Syndicate (Lux=light fer = to carry) was created and the modern system of borrowed lighting was introduced to Dickensian London. The Edwards family first became involved with Luxfer in the early twentieth century and continued the connection through Cyril and Ian Edwards to Luxcrete. Luxfer developed a large range of products from pavement lights to art and stained glass windows, wartime munitions and a joint venture with Crittall Windows.

Ian Edwards joined Luxcrete in 1969 and gained experience in various departments before being appointed Contracts Manager in 1972 and in 1977 Contracts Director in 1977 and  Managing Director on 1982 and remained in that role until the business was sold in 2008. He acted as a BSI appointed UK delegate to serving on the CEN and ISO working groups drafting product standards.

 

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