Lighting : LIGHTING Jun-July 2018
June/July 2018 | LIGHTING MAGAZINE 43 42 LIGHTING MAGAZINE | June/July 2018 SHOW REPORT The tenth Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Spring Edition), organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), ran from 6-9 April attracted more than 20,500 buyers from 114 countries and regions. Buyer attendance from the United States, Chinese mainland, Taiwan, India, Russia, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia recorded satisfactory increases. The fair also gathered a record of 1,350 exhibitors from 13 countries and regions. HKTDC Deputy Executive Director, Benjamin Chau, said that the global market is seeing a rising demand for smart lighting products and he encouraged Hong Kong companies to capitalise on the opportunity by investing more in developing related items. “In response to the market trend, the Smart Lighting & Solutions Zone returned to the fair to showcase the latest smart and remote-control lighting systems, accessories and fixtures. Smart lighting was also covered in the seminars and forums held during the fair to help Hong Kong companies better grasp the latest developments in smart lighting technology,” said Mr Chau. MARKET OUTLOOK: CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC The HKTDC commissioned an independent on-site survey during the fair, interviewing more than 350 exhibitors and buyers about their views on industry prospects. The survey found that the industry is cautiously optimistic about the lighting market in 2018. Fifty-five percent of respondents anticipate overall sales this year will increase, while 36 percent expect them to remain unchanged. Forty-six percent of respondents predict product prices will go up, while 45 percent believe they will remain unchanged. The industry is most optimistic about the prospect of two emerging markets – Russia and Latin America, followed by Western Europe, India, South Africa and the Chinese mainland. The survey, which also gauged the industry’s views on product trends, found that smart lighting is expected to have promising growth. Seventy-two percent of respondents are optimistic about the market potential of smart lighting. WARREN JULIAN A very impressive 1000W LED narrow-beam floodlight was shown by Megree. One of the many new LED filament products on show was from Itoka. 2018 Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Spring Edition) a success Smart lighting systems designed for home automation, energy-efficient and wireless controls are seen to have the biggest development potential in next two years. With the industry showing keen interest in smart lighting, a number of seminars and talks were organised during the fair period. The Asian Lighting Forum 2018 gathered experts from professional organisations, including Bluetooth Special Interest Group, CREE, Microsoft, Philips, OSRAM and the Hong Kong Highways Department, to discuss everyday applications of smart lighting, connected lighting and IoT, as well as the latest technologies and industry outlook. At another seminar on Artificial Intelligence and Smart Lighting, experts from the Zigbee Alliance, Alibaba AI Labs, iFLYTEK, JD Smart, ZTE, Tuya Smart and YEELIGHT discussed ways AI can help enhance smart lighting. IMPRESSIONS The first day of the Fair included a number of talks on topical issues in lighting. There were interesting presentations on Bluetooth Mesh for Smart Lighting and Smart City Lighting to mention just two. One speaker also showed examples of city beatification projects in China. Some included very large numbers of buildings with complex façade lighting (ie lighting installed on their façades, post construction). In most countries getting planning approval plus the agreement of the various building owners can make these projects very difficult, if not impossible, to achieve. So, I asked if there were problems getting agreements regarding both installation and ongoing maintenance from a diverse group of private and government owners. The speaker’s answer was that “in China it is not a problem”. There can be some advantages in having positive leadership in public policy matters such as this. Discussion during the morning and afternoon sessions indicated that there is ongoing interest in trying to develop standards necessary for the development of smart lighting for both internal and external applications. It is likely that harmonisation will occur with external lighting first because there is usually only one “owner” of roadlighting systems in a city. And that owner may often control over 100,000 poles and luminaires. I look forward to hearing future reports on developments in smart city lighting. SUMMARY The attendance at this year’s spring fair was slightly lower than last year’s and could be attributed to the closeness of the fair to Messe Frankfurt. I recommend your attending the Autumn Edition of the fair, being held from 27 to 30 October this year. The 2019 spring edition will be held from 6 to 9 April. I recommend noting the dates in your diary. I visited the fair as a guest of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council. An independent on-site survey commissioned by the HKTDC during the Spring Lighting Fair found that the industry is cautiously optimistic about the lighting market in 2018. Fifty-five percent of respondents expect overall product sales to increase this year. The media breakfast is an enjoyable part of the fair, allowing one-on- one discussions with exhibitors with new products. The Asian Lighting Forum 2018 gathered experts and professional organisations, to discuss the everyday applications of smart lighting, connected lighting and IoT, as well as the latest lighting technologies and industry outlook, drawing 430 attendees.
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