Lighting : Lighting December 2016
78 LIGHTING MAGAZINE | December 2016/January 2017 December 2016/January 2017 | LIGHTING MAGAZINE 79 SHOW REPORT Once again I had the pleasure of visiting this fair at the end of October, as a guest of the HK Trade Development Council. The Autumn Edition of the show has built a reputation, amongst foreign buyers, as arguably the most important lighting fair in Asia. GROWTH The Fair has been getting larger and has run out of space at the Wan Chai Exhibition Centre and has shifted around 380 exhibitors (out of about 3000) to the new but concurrent International Outdoor and Technical Light Expo held at the Hong Kong AsiaWorld-Expo at Hong Kong International Airport. I can see why it was done but, despite Hong Kong’s excellent public transport, it takes an hour each way at peak times. The secondary venue is OK if you have an interest only in (some) outdoor lighting or if you had no interest, in which case you would need to visit only one or the other. A venue closer to Wan Chai would make the Fair more cohesive. THE NUMBERS The Fair handled more than 77,000 buyers from 148 countries and regions, an increase of 5.6% year-on-year (Figure 1). The number of buyers from mature markets including the United States, Germany and Australia recorded a considerable increase, as did those from emerging markets such as China, the Philippines and Indonesia. A survey of 654 exhibitors and buyers found that over 60% of the respondents regard North America and Western Europe as the traditional markets with the highest growth potential, while the industry considers China (64%) and ASEAN countries (42%) as the most promising emerging markets. The on-site survey also found that 40% consider LED and green lighting to have the greatest growth potential in 2017 and they expect indoor household lighting and smart lighting systems to have the highest growth among all LED application areas. THE EXHIBITION There was an enormous range of products on display covering the gamut of interior and exterior lighting over a range of prices from the inexpensive to high-end products. Traditional light sources are occupying less and less of the show that is now dominated by LED products. Interestingly, there are more LED sources that are better retofits for traditional sources than in the recent past. For example, there are LED GLS “lamps” with flux distributions more closely simulating those of GLS incandescent lamps (Figure 2). Lighting controls and home automation has become an increasingly important part of the show. An increasingly large area is being devoted to products that can be set by remote controls, by mobile devices with control aps and by internet control. These can provide not only on-off functions but also dimming and varying the correlated colour temperature of the sources. Attempts are being made to standardise protocols but there is still some way to go before sources can be interchangeable. Clouding the issues are claims regarding “wellbeing” and “health”. In amongst all the competing systems was the Vaxcel Instalux motion-controlled indoor lighting by Luminex International which brought some common sense to the controls in the domestic application. Figure 3 shows one of their products — an LED GLS retrofit lamp that can be controlled by a traditional light switch or by motion detection. The lamp can be turned on and off by waving your hand once over the detector. The lamp is dimmed by holding your hand under the detector; when the desired level is reached, you remove your hand. The correlated colour temperature can be varied, from 3000K to 5000K by waving your hand twice under the detector. I think the advantages are obvious: no searching for a (lost) remote control and no fiddling with your phone to find the ap just to switch it on or off. These are just two of the many new products presented at the Fair. Another clever product that I must mention was Light Stax, Lego-type blocks containing LEDs from Get More Co from Taiwan (Figure 4). The electrical connections between the blocks are built into the pin and socket connectors of the blocks. They can be stacked in any way. The show also had talks by experts on many aspects of lighting, including, new products, standardisation, market trends and case studies. THE 2017 SHOW I had an exhausting but enjoyable time exploring dozens of halls and hundreds of products. The many Australians and New Zealanders I bumped into at the show said that they were having a great time. The 2017 autumn edition of the Fair will be held from 27-30 October at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Perhaps I’ll see you there? Hong Kong International Lighting Fair AUTUMN EDITION 2016 WARREN JULIAN Figure 1. The entrance to the Fair gives an idea of the popularity of the exhibition. Figure 4. Get More Co’s Lego blocks. The rechargeable battery pack is at the bottom of the stack of blocks. Figure 2. SIM Lighting’s Simbulb Classic has a spiral “filament” giving a more uniform flux distribution than those using linear LED “filaments. It won a 2016 Reddot Award for its Hong Kong designer. It is also dimmable. Figure 3. This Vaxcel Instalux lamp is fitted with a motion detector in the top of the lamp.
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