Lighting : LIGHTING Apr-May 2018
April/May 2018 | LIGHTING MAGAZINE 45 44 LIGHTING MAGAZINE | April/May 2018 displays of products and innovative technologies. A number of companies are now turning their attention to Human Centric Lighting as research is starting to confirm the positive role lighting can play in our lives. Whether it be in the home or work environment, lighting companies are increasingly using smart technologies to deliver start-of the-art outcomes for customers. “A number of our leading members exhibited at the event including Zumtobel and Philips. We also had an Australian company – Aglo Systems – exhibit. Aglo Systems launched their new online product selection tool, Mondolux, and was supported by a team from Australia aiming to develop relationships in the European market,” said Lighting Council Australia CEO, Richard Mulcahy. “Our national technical manager, David Crossley, was impressed by the technologies on display and took time to visit many exhibits. “I also found the event useful for meeting up with my opposite numbers from Germany, Italy, Ireland and the UK,” Mr Mulcahy said. Mr Mulcahy said that the industry is increasingly operating in a global regulatory environment. “One must appreciate that Australia represents only 2% of the global market. We cannot have rules in Australia that are out of line with the rest of the world markets. We are advocating closer alignment on regulatory matters and, given we are not manufacturing LEDs in Australia, our approach makes sense. “One of the more interesting sessions we attended was presented by Lighting Europe where we heard detailed discussions on new regulatory measures being planned by the EU. “The European Commission also addressed the forum and we were taken aback by their heavy-handed attitude towards regulation,” Mr Mulcahy said. Mr Mulcahy said that by having face-to-face meetings with European colleagues he is confident that future dialogue will be enhanced. “We look to Europe in this industry to ascertain which new measures are likely to be introduced as these will inevitably flow into the Australian market. “Lighting Council Australia has moved into the political space in a noticeable way in the past year. This is the only way we can ensure satisfactory regulatory outcomes for our members. “In fact, I sensed that we are now much more visible in this space than Lighting Europe but that is their call as to how they advance their messages. “I am firmly of the opinion that relying on bureaucrats to look after your interests is always a major mistake. Political support is often crucial in securing outcomes, “Mr Mulcahy said. TONY MILNE Arclite One thing I noticed was the lack of talk about light output. Now that all LED solutions are offering more than enough light for applications from display lighting to arena alighting LED has solved the lumen level problem. DAVID CROSSLEY Lighting Council Australia The 2018 Light+Build exhibition brought together an incredible collection of lighting manufacturers, industry leaders, innovative products and technologies. The scale of the exhibition was truly astounding, leading one to easily agree with European lighting colleagues who estimate there are an average of around two million lighting products on the European market at any one point in time. The European Commission presented to the lighting industry potential new European regulations that will ask the lighting industry to register and maintain a database of all lighting products available on the European market. Industry is sceptical as to how this will be practically possible and even the German surveillance authorities expressed the view that such a database will not be useful. In terms of product and technology innovations, LED developments still lead the way. Displays demonstrated a continued maturing of the LED market including improvements in all aspects of light quality – especially in the areas of efficacy, colour rendering, glare control and flicker. Also, product miniaturisation continues. In the controls area the trends include the continued integration of presence and photoelectric sensors into individual fittings. Human centric lighting continues to build momentum and a large number of tuneable fittings now mimic the dynamic colour temperatures and brightness patterns of natural lighting. Many products also include internet and Bluetooth connection controllable via webpages and device apps. A few suppliers are producing LED luminaires with replaceable light engines (not lamps). For example, the replaceable part may include the LED modules, driver components and optics all mounted onto a robust circuit board. This aligns with the European market goal of a circular economy that facilitates refurbishment, recycling and re-use. This approach may build momentum over coming years but it certainly does not encompass the majority of the market right now. Laser LED module suppliers were making big claims about their products potential for increased efficiency, lower heat losses, longer life, no flicker, high CRI and no infrared or ultraviolet spectrum content. These products may first need to gain traction through specialty applications. In architectural lighting the movement towards more compact yet high power luminaires continues. I also witnessed small motorised, moveable, programable track lighting with articulating head for dynamic general architectural applications. The visible light communication market is obviously growing through an increased number of suppliers. Applications include wayfinding and Luminale2018; The Römer, Frankfurt Fades. Credit: Messe Frankfurt GmbH/Pietro Sutera. Luminale2018; Old Opera House, changing times. Credit: Messe Frankfurt GmbH. Lighting magazine’s Adam Cail (L) and Richard Mulcahy, CEO Lighting Council Australia. Image: Adam Cail. One of the many halls at Light+Building 2018. Credit: Messe Frankfurt GmbH/Pietro Sutera. Previously manufactures spent time trying to convince how there increased light output and wattage was enough. Now they are concentrating back on product design and quality as key selling points. The lighting industry has returned to some sort of normality. CUONO BIVIANO ULA Group “This year’s Light+Building has fulfilled all our expectations. It is a great platform for all our exclusive architectural lighting manufacturing partners to showcase their evolving technologies and new products and get a maximum exposure. Griven has presented their groundbreaking high-powered luminaires for architectural projects demanding powerful but sustainable performance. The AGC Glass has launched their unique product – Glassiled Uni – a brand-new way to light up the building façade with RGBW LED embedded glass, with a very high uniformity and 100% transparent when off without any glaze. SGM has introduced their LED VideoPixel Linar Strip – IP –66 and IK05 rated, marine, UV and corrosion resistant luminaire with real time remote monitoring. Pharos control and LumenRadio came to present their new architectural lighting control platforms and protocols. The quality of the visitors is superb at Light+building, the networking opportunities are brilliant. An excellent expo in every aspect!” customer heat mapping. OLEDs are being used in very thin luminaires and interestingly are starting to be used as an audio source. Light diffusing textiles combined with modular luminaires are enabling large scale, low glare luminaires. i.e. luminous walls and ceilings. LUKE BONNER Aglo Systems Exhibiting at the 2018 Light + Building in Frankfurt was firstly a great opportunity to present Aglo Systems internationally. It gave us invaluable insight into the latest trends in lighting technology and to discuss these with the many different people we met. Next, to introduce our new lighting brand: Mondolux. A brand-new range of light fittings including a new interactive website with an intuitive product specification tool. Finally, to demonstrate our custom designed and engineered light fittings and metalwork solutions. We’ve found in the past, people have had custom lighting requirements, however, perhaps been uncertain of where to go for them. We also found other themes of interest at the exhibition including connectivity between lighting and devices; the use of light in the health sector and human centric lighting and the miniaturization of LED, where lamps are now needing less and less physical space, giving designers more opportunities to create.
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