LIGHT + BUILDING 2018 – a megalite perception

Yet again, another impressive week long demonstration of a plethora of innovations where digital future meets design hotspot, from a total of 2,714 exhibitors from 55 countries. According to Messe Frankfurt, more than 220,000 trade visitors from 177 countries made their way to Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre to discover the latest products, solutions and trends offered in the fields of lighting, electrical engineering and home and building automation.

Our perception of the fair is that LED’s is the continuing “new norm” for luminaires with an overwhelming buzz among stands, manufacturers and the lighting industry being the Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices and Human Centric Lighting (HCL). This lead to innovative and eye-catching displays of products and technologies. With some manufacturers going over-the-top to showcase their products and solutions – not to mention some clever tactics to attract trade visitors to stands with loud music, exotic models, fully stocked bars and cafe’s.

Research and development at the Fair 2018
Our researchers at the Expo

Some huge trends and announcements included Philips Lighting rebranding as Signify, who then announced that its expanded Interact platform will now include landmarks. This means it can now connect to large-scale infrastructure projects. The cloud-based platform connects fixtures to sensors, other smart devices and systems for streamlined lighting installations or data collection.

Osram also revealed its new Lightelligence platform, which allows for IoT connectivity for lighting and building services. With Lightelligence, users can monitor and control lighting and other building systems for improved energy efficiency.

Other major manufacturers debuted their “Future Proof”, “Prepare to Connect” and “Ready to Connect” technology, which enables users to purchase lighting that can be connected using standardized technology at a later date, thanks to the Zhaga standard. With an integrated sensor or communication module receptacle, luminaires can function as traditional lights until users opt to connect the devices (such as camera’s, speakers, electric car charging ports, to name a few) when budgets or timelines allow, as sectors prioritize safe and energy-efficient lighting. This tells us that the lighting industry is anticipating IoT-enabled devices for infrastructure as a major market in the coming years.