Light+Building tradeshow breaks records in Frankfurt
Light+Building had a big leap in visitor numbers this year, a strong emphasis of energy efficiency, and of course plenty of LEDs.
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A major theme, particularly among the largest exhibitors, was energy efficiency and environmentally friendly technology. Importantly, major lighting companies such as Philips and Osram highlighted the benefits of LED technology but also promoted their latest steps forward in other technologies (sample headline: "Philips introduces world's most energy-efficient halogen lamps for the home").
Incidentally, to give a sense of scale of L+B for anyone who attended the Strategies in Light (SIL) event in February, the entire exhibit floor at SIL would have sat comfortably in the space occupied by Philips. This was a big event.
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This is a slight exaggeration, and it's also worth pointing out that some manufacturers seemed to be showing LED fixtures just for the sake of having an LED fixture on their stand, rather than because they had made any commitment to the technology. One Hall showcased outdoor lighting, and there were a number of manufacturers with very high quality LED fixtures such as Advanced LEDs, LEDworx, Ruud Lighting and Schréder. But there were several other manufacturers that had a range of luminaires, mostly based on other light sources, with LED luminaires thrown in almost as an after-thought.
But this should not detract too much from what was, for LEDs in general, a great event; as well as new and interesting technologies there were many, many examples of LEDs used in real, practical, high-quality fixtures. As LED maker Cree told LEDs Magazine, in 2006 their focus was to show people that high-performance LEDs were available. This time around, they exhibited lighting fixtures from their customers, to demonstrate what is being done with LEDs, right now.
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