Lighting : LIGHTING October-November 2017
October/November 2017 | LIGHTING MAGAZINE 39 38 LIGHTING MAGAZINE | October/November 2017 SHOW REPORT Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition 2017 Kicking off on 9 June, the 22nd edition of the Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition (GILE) welcomed visitors for the four-day fair during which key industry players had the chance to explore the convergent future of the lighting industry. I was one of those attending as a guest of Messe Frankfurt. As I mentioned in my editorial in the August issue of Lighting, it was “very clear this year that the confidence and quality of the relatively new and unknown companies had grown considerably over the past several years so that they will probably be the future leaders of the lighting manufacturing industry. Companies that were OEMs are now promoting their own brand names and quality products on stands that are the size of those that were seen from the previous major players. The displays are of fewer, selected products rather than cluttered stands of everything they make. The quality of the stands is as much a statement as the items on display”. The fair maintained its position as an influential and comprehensive lighting and LED event, demonstrated by its largest visitor figures in recent years, with an 8% from 2016’s 145,080 to 156,898. The top 10 overseas visitors were from Hong Kong, India, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, US, Thailand, Russia, Malaysia and Australia. There was a slight increase in exhibitors to 2,428 (2016: 2,399). The convergence of lighting with state-of-the-art design and technologies was prevalent in the exhibits. Luminaires, such as panel, linear and indirect types have moved into the mainstream. Smart controls and programmable lighting were the in-demand products for this year. The highlights from each of the major section of the exhibition were: Production sector: equipment and assembly solutions Exhibitors presented light and display metrology products some of which can quantify new colour metrics and flicker. Also on display were assembly solutions such as silicone adhesives, conformal coatings, encapsulants, silicone adhesives, gap fillers and thermal interface materials. In response to the emerging trend of Chip Scale Package (CSP) use, the LED package industry is reducing component sizes. Silicon encapsulation techniques have improved in terms of photo-thermal resistance and mechanical stability. Technology sector: LED packaging and lighting control One of the highlights within the technology sector was to see high CRI LED packages on display. LED applications in automation, medical and horticulture lighting were also prominently featured. Visitors were able to see a wide variety of packaged LEDs, including filament LEDs, IR LEDs, LED backlights and displays. Application sector: smart lighting and speciality lighting With the advent of IoT (Internet of Things), more electrical devices are becoming ‘smart’ due to greater analytical capabilities and improvements in sensor technology. Exhibitors presented “intelligent and human-centric” lighting systems that focused not only on the functionality of lighting but on a person’s physical and emotional needs and responses. However, most lacked evidence of their health claims. Many “smart” roadlighting manufacturers showcased products that offer traffic monitoring and rerouting, security, parking availability, local weather data and flood monitoring BY WARREN JULIAN Two examples of the use of larger, stylish and less cluttered stands that were a feature of this year’s fair. through sensor integration and city-wide networking. VLC (Visible Light Communication) technology gave an insight into a not-so-distant future where light sources will be used for transmitting data (Wi-Fi). Embracing the theme THINKLIGHT: The Convergent Future, the 2017 fair had a program with over 100 seminars featuring expert speakers from the lighting community. These prove to be very popular. In addition there are associated organisations that run conference programs, for which people pay a small fee to attend. An example was the Asian Lighting Design Association at which ran the 2017 Asia Lighting Arts Symposium at which I presented a paper on Lighting Design. Another regular is the China Lighting Design Association which offered a program of talks. The convergent future: Light and IoT, lighting and digital art theme included a talk on the convergence of lighting and digital arts by Dr M Hank Haeusler, Director of Computation Design, Built Environment, at UNSW, who commented that “Outdoor media advertisements exist in many cities around the world and making sure these advertisements are effective is crucial. Convergence is what the industry must do, bringing building, lighting, software and other kinds of technology together to facilitate developments”. The new concept of lighting: Embedded technology theme heard from Mr Brad Koerner, Product Marketing Manager, Philips Lighting, on his new concept for embedded lighting: “IoT and digital controls add tremendous value to lighting, they allow full customisation, rhythm, temperature control and dimming of animated lighting. I believe embedded lighting will be the future of architectural lighting as we move away from simple LED fixtures”. Facing continued issues caused by pollution, Professor Toyoki Kozai, Chief Director, Japan Plant Factory Association, shared his company’s new method of “plantation” (green houses). “LED is the key technology as it can increase the plant yield and quality by 20% to 30%. Since LEDs are small we can grow plants in a much more compact space.” At the Lighting application: City and museum lighting theme, Mr Qu Guojun, China Central Television, shared his professional view on city lighting: “Among China’s tourism sectors, night tours are the most popular. The so-called “Moon Economy” implies extending the stay of tourists and thus increasing their expenditure. Telling unique stories with lighting to attract tourists is now the main way to achieve this purpose.” Ms Ai Jing, National Museum of China, made similar comments regarding museum lighting: “Museums are all unique and require extremely high quality lighting. The ultimate concern should be the preservation of the museum’s cultural relics but with more and more people visiting our museums we must ensure that they are also aesthetically pleasing. LEDs offer endless possibilities to designers, such as the use of intelligent control and colour control, but museum lighting and its installation must be thought about very carefully.” Overall, it was a great show, quickly maturing, especially in terms of quality products. The 2018 Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition will run from 9–12 June, 2018. It is part of Messe Frankfurt’s Light and Building Technology fairs worldwide, headed by the biennial Light + Building event which will take place from 18–23 March, 2018, in Frankfurt, Germany. For more information, visit www.messefrankfurt.com There is something irresistible about filament lamps! Everfine, a photometric instruments manufacturer had one of its goniophotometers on show. Your intrepid author is reflected in its mirror. More companies exhibited horticultural lighting solutions than previously.
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