Light + Building 2018 will focus on aesthetics and smartification

LightingEventsSouth-East European INDUSTRIAL Мarket - issue 1/2018

The upcoming iteration of the lighting industry’s largest exhibition in Europe - Light + Building, will take place from 18 to 23 March 2018 in Frankfurt am Main. It will be united under a new motto - ""Connected - Secure - Convenient"" , and held with new main themes, a new special exhibition and an additional exhibition hall.

The event organizers from Messe Frankfurt expect that Light + Building will yet again bring together all power-controlled building-services systems and will promote integrated building planning with a product spectrum unrivalled in both horizontal and vertical terms. So far, major market leaders have already registered for the fair, and a total of 2600 exhibitors are prepared to show off their latest products and innovations onto the world market for lighting, electrical technology and house and building automation.

"Light + Building is the setting for big ideas and decisive impulses. Accordingly, we are delighted with the very positive exhibitor response and are sure that the coming edition of Light + Building will once again underscore its unparalleled function as the leading trade fair for the sector"", stated the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Messe Frankfurt Wolfgang Marzin.

Safety and security technology as a major accent

The combination of different systems, such as video monitoring and access control, their interconnection and integration in building automation are some of the aspects that Messe Frankfurt as identified as points of interest to the industry and to everyday users. For that, the areas for house and building automation, power-controlled safety and security technology will be organized concurrently in Hall 9.1 at Light + Building 2018. The idea is to create a focal point, or a so-called centre for integrated building-services technology, which will offer the visitors a complete overview of the entire spectrum of house and building automation, as well as electric safety and security technology.

The new location will become home to the special show called ""SECURE! Connected Security in Buildings"" and the Intersec Forum, which will take place on four days from 19 to 22 March 2018. Moreover, in addition to the concentrated presentation in Hall 9.1, some of the leading industry manufacturers will present their innovations from the sectors of safety and security technology in other halls of Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre.

The ""SECURE! Connected Security in Buildings"" special show is intended to give visitors an insight into the way innovative technical solutions can make a building more efficient economically, and able to take account of the individual users’ needs. The show will include distinctive exhibitors presentations and will take three specific applications (hotel - office - industry), blending all aspects from the point of view of security and user interfaces.

Top themes will be aesthetics and smartification

The Lighting product segment at Light + Building 2018 will greatly focus on the presentation of the latest design trends in the lighting market. This year’s event has two main focal points - the exhibitors will unite under the themes ""Aesthetics and well-being in harmony"" and "" The smartification of everyday life"". The participating companies are expected to exhibit high level of design expertise within the first major theme.

"Digitalization has paved the way for a new dimension of luminaire design, and lighting-technology innovations are shifting the spotlight to people and their personal needs, as shown by the increasing significance of Human Centric Lighting (HCL). This involves, inter alia, the effects of light on people and on their health, performance capability and well-being"", outline the organizers of the fair.

Messe Frankfurt also underlines that in the case of HCL, digitalization is also the key to street-lighting management and is the prerequisite for a variety of other services, such as charging points for e-mobility, W-LAN infrastructure, sensor technology for surveillance, loudspeakers for emergency announcements and emergency-call buttons. As it’s enriched with supplementary functions of this kind, street lighting offers interesting smart-city lighting concepts and is an important factor for the creation of smart cities.

The companies that will exhibit at Light + Building will present luminaire design of all kinds, technical lighting and lamps in a variety of versions and for all applications. A big selection of lighting components and accessories, as well as outdoor and street lighting, will also be in stock for the visitors of the fair in Halls 1 (Design Trend Spot) to 6, as well as Hall 10 and the Forum.

The smartification of everyday life

Light + Building 2018 will also present the key role of electrical technology and house and building automation in regard to the construction and operation of intelligent and networked buildings. The second main theme, smartification of everyday life, will explore the electrical technology that plays a crucial part in building-services technology and the cross-sectional technologies oriented towards holistic solutions. As such, the electrical solutions to be found at the event will also be demonstrated in the context of other disciplines, such as lighting and building automation.

Building automation for example plays an important role - because the increasing interlinkage and digitalisation of electrical installations increases the quality of life at home and at work. At Light + Building, various industry representatives and major market players will present solutions and technologies oriented towards low energy consumption, modern safety and security expectations, as well as individual creative options and a high level of comfort. This will include a range of energy-efficient building-system solutions, electrical installations and building infrastructure in Hall 8.0. In Hall 11.0, everything revolves around electrical installation and networking technology while design-oriented electrical installations and building-systems technology are in Hall 11.1.

Additionally, the leading exhibition is also characterized by a multi-faceted complementary programme of events for all trade visitors, i.e., architects, engineers, planners, interior architects, designers, artisans, the trade and industry, from special exhibitions and expert lecture to trend presentations.

In anticipation of the upcoming edition of the fair, the South East European Market magazine presents an interview with Maria Hasselman, Director Brand Management at Light + Building