Light and Building fair in Frankfurt 18 to 23 March 2018

Released: 24 March, 2018
Light and Building fair in Frankfurt 18 to 23 March 2018

Light + Building fair in Frankfurt 18 – 23 March 2018

The world’s leading trade fair for lighting and building services technology

Walking through ankle-deep snow wasn't what I expected as I made my way to the first day of the Light & Building trade fair in Frankfurt. While Sydney was experiencing unusually hot weather Frankfurt was experiencing unusually cold weather. The weather didn't seem to reduce to crowds however as 250,000 + visitors will attend this giant exhibition complex over 6 days.

It is billed as the pre-eminent lighting fair and from my experience of attending lighting fairs throughout Asia, the US and the UK, I certainly concur with that. Whilst the Asian shows are based on price, this trade show is very must focused on innovation, quality and lighting outcomes.

With decorative lighting it is all about using LEDs to create new forms of light and …wow they are impressive. With operational lighting is all about quality and of course controls. Everything is smart; we have smart cities, smart polls poles, smart sensors and apps to control the light from your smart phone everywhere. Electric vehicle charging was also becoming an essential ingredient especially when connected with street lighting.

It was certainly a high-tech show with virtual reality being used to commission control systems, train users on the technical aspects of systems or simply to attract punters into the stand. Human centric light Marching which has been spoken about for many years is finally been incorporated into many products and although still expensive it is starting to be adopted in education and health care. It's no longer theory and cutting-edge Australian corporates and institutions will start to take notice.

The focus on sensors was extraordinary with significant investment over the past few years to improve the reliability and range of indoor and outdoor sensors. One of the more sophisticated sensors could detect a person breathing. The days of a standard light being activated by an on and off toggle is long gone. Lights will now be connected to individual sensors, meshed with a group of sensors and possibly even connected into the Internet if the application warranted it.

Aside from the controls the thing that excited me the most was incorporation of RGB (multi-coloured light) into operational lighting. Our lighting is moving away from just being white and we can look forward to colour enhancing our workplaces as well.

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Steve Cahill

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