The 23rd Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition, to be held from 9-12 June at the China Import and Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou, China, will also feature the Thinklight: Embracing Changes Forum. This forum will focus on the changes the industry is seeing as a result of technology, and will be split into two streams to discuss examine the changes from conceptual and strategic points of view, as well as practical topics and case studies.

“The lighting industry has embraced the concept of ‘Internet of Things’. Today, lighting has the potential to go far beyond illumination, it is able to connect and convey meaning. The event programme will go into depth about how the lighting industry can leverage cross-industry technologies in order to develop smart lighting and link seamlessly with other devices,” says Lucia Wong, Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt, organisers of the event.

“The lighting industry is in a phase of rapid transition and the quest for the next industry innovation continues. To better serve the industry, we have dedicated considerable resources and effort into devising the concurrent event programme at the fair. We aim to position Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition as more than just a business platform, but as an insightful and engaging industry gala featuring specialists from around the world. Our goal is to provide participants with an enlightening journey that hopefully sparks new ideas and shapes industry breakthroughs.”

In recent years there has been ground-breaking research in Visible Light Communication (VLC), using LEDs for lighting and information exchange. Dr Yue Zhang, Assistant Professor at the University of Leicester, will present ‘The Internet of Radio Light (IoRL) in Buildings’. His presentation will demonstrate how an IoRL project can develop a safer, more customisable and intelligent VLC system.

Integrating network connectivity and intelligence into LED-based luminaries helps form the backbone of smart buildings and cities and makes the vision of IoT feasible. Currently, lighting manufacturers are faced with a diverse array of options when choosing the communication protocol that could support them. Skip Ashton, VP of Software at Silicon Labs, will present ‘Growth of the IoT – Lighting’ where he will examine how lighting manufacturers can protect their development investment when considering connectivity. In addition, representatives from Bluetooth SIG, Zigbee Alliance and Wi-Fi Alliance will present at the forums to showcase their applications.

LED lamps have laid the foundations for the next revolution in the lighting industry – connected and intelligent lighting systems. The transition to an LED future is a crucial step for the industry, and the forums will discuss new developments in LED technology such as micro LEDs, full spectrum LEDs and LED optics. Presentations on OLEDs, AMOLEDs and laser diodes will also be covered.

While it’s safe to say that the LED revolution has already happened, falling prices and an increasing difficulty to differentiate products are still big concerns. In the lighting fixture design forums, special focus will be given to the challenges faced in lighting fixture design and also the use of interactive lighting and 3D technology in lighting fixture production.

The aesthetic value as well as the functional role of lighting design will be examined in detail with Prof Hong Lin, The Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts and Prof Fan Yu, Jiangnan University. Alexandre Lemieux, Business Development, Creos Experts-Conseils inc and Louis-Xavier Gagnon-Lebrun, Artistic Co-Director and Designer, Atomic 3, will present ‘The Art of Bringing Art to the World’, sharing how to use light as the primary tool in a project, to tell stories and spark the imagination.

Creating innovative lighting fixture designs can require new concepts in materials and production methods.  Paola Amabile and Alberto Fabbian, the founders of Faberhama, will present ‘The Combination of Glass Blowing and 3D Printing Technology in the Production of Lighting Fixtures’.

 “The lighting industry has changed and evolved into so much more. Born from these changes are new products and design ideas as well as increased connectivity. This has encouraged the lighting community to think ahead and interpret new trends that present lighting in a new dimension. I am confident that participants will discover a wealth of new knowledge from our extensive forum programme,” Wong concludes.


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