Lighting giants from world over presented their latest best in the field of lighting, bringing forth a variety of products and solutions besides unfolding a wide range of new applications.
A central focus in the recently concluded Light + Building 2018 remains at the presentation of the latest solution and design trends in the international lighting market reflecting the exhibitors’ high levels of expertise in these fields. Altogether, some 1,650 companies exhibited with their broad spectrum of lighting products and services for both residential and non-residential segments.
Well-known brands, such as Philips, Osram, Artemide, iGuzzini, Zumtobel, Lumileds, Bega, Brand van Egmont, Erco, Fagerhult Group, Faustig, Flos, Ingo Maurer, LG, Louis Poulsen, Luceplan, Martinelli Luc, Nimbus, Nordeon Group, Occhio, Samsung, Schréder, Tobias Grau, Trilux, Vibia Lighting, and Zero, all put their latest best on display at Frankfurt Lighting Exhibition. Here are a few select ones for your review:
Philips Lighting Announces LiFi IoT platform
The Dutch technology subsidiary and world’s largest lighting firm, Philips Lighting, announced its break into the LiFi market during the Light +Building trade show in Frankfurt. The firm has launched an Internet of Things (IoT) platform and connected lighting system, dubbed Interact. LiFi technology involves LEDs and sensors that transmit data wirelessly to computers and tablets through light waves. The system offers decorative LED lights and an outdoor range to its smart lighting cannon, as well as services beyond singular customers – Interact City, Interact Landmark, Interact Office, Interact Retail, and Interact Sports.
As the lighting company for the Internet of Things, Philips Lighting is the first major global lighting company to LiFi-enable luminaires from its existing office lighting portfolio. LiFi is a two-way, high-speed wireless technology similar to WiFi but uses light waves instead of radio waves to transmit data in a highly secure way. Philips Lighting’s office luminaires enabled with LiFi technology provide a broadband connection with a speed of 30 Mb per second (Mb/s), without compromising lighting quality. At 30Mb/s a user can simultaneously stream several HD-quality videos while conducting video calls. Icade, the French real estate investment company, is piloting the ground-breaking technology in its smart office in La Defense, Paris.
WiZ Unveils Professional Range ‘WiZ Pro’ Smart Lighting
WiZ Connected Lighting, one of the most innovative and advanced smart lighting systems available, unveiled its new WiZ Pro combined hardware and software solutions dedicated to residential and commercial lighting. With WiZ Pro’s Wi-Fi connectivity, thousands of lights within a building can now be networked through the WiZ Pro management software allowing building and facility managers to monitor energy consumption, organize preventive maintenance and receive customised feedback. WiZ ecosystems, together with commercial lighting partners, provide robust, innovative, easy-to-manage solutions for professionals.
The WiZ Pro range combines a new series of lamps with professional-grade colour rendering index (CRI), up to 95—far greater than most other connected LED lighting available today. New retro-connectors now make it possible to integrate legacy light points into the WiZ ecosystem where they can be controlled and monitored, whether fluorescent, halogen or LED. In addition, Bluetooth technology and beaconing capability enables all products to communicate with enabled accessories, overcoming a primary challenge of commercial lighting.
The WiZ Pro software platform addresses many building management needs with a minimal impact to infrastructure and IT resources and provides a lightweight and flexible software platform to control and monitor lighting. Controlling hundreds of Wi-Fi connections in multiple rooms and on multiple floors, the use of programmed lights and managing associated Bluetooth low-energy devices becomes trivially easy. Preventive maintenance alerts and action lists ensure high-quality management of all lighting elements.
Delta Premiered Integrated Building Automation with an IoT-Concept Lighting Solution
Delta, a global leader in power and thermal management solutions, has rolled out its integrated building automation and new IoT-concept lighting solutions of integrated services. Apart from its versatile solutions for office, commercial, industrial, and street lighting, Delta also offers an advanced solution that integrates its lighting products, security & surveillance equipment, building control systems, and related products. Delta´s latest solutions provide flexibility and feasibility for upgrading intelligent buildings that was once difficult to achieve for so many different market segments.
Delta’s lighting control system is empowered with a wireless communication capability, which is advanced enough to enable Bluetooth 5 Mesh Networking (many-to-many device communications) with a dedicated communications module applying DALI-compliant functionality. This allows users to fully convert conventional lighting scenarios into ready-to-use lighting options available either on a mobile APP or on a voice control system, reducing the hassle of modifying any original lighting fixtures. This innovative solution solves substantial problems that often arise when adapting a conventional lighting control system to newer technologies, such as difficult integration as well as high costs.
Delta also put forth its much-touted Astra series of wall washers, namely ultra-wide-angle floodlights using asymmetric optics technology for large-scale outdoor billboards and indoor commercial lighting. Astra’s hallmark characteristics of ultra-wide-angle luminosity enable it to emit light with an illumination range of up to three times the width of any conventional floodlights, and yet with a more uniform luminance.
Osram Unveils Prototype Oslon Pure 1010 Chip-Scale Package LED
Osram Opto Semiconductors GmbH of Regensburg, Germany unveiled the prototype of the Oslon Pure 1010 LED, to be used as spotlights for retail lighting (where exceptionally compact LEDs with high light output are needed to bathe articles on display in an attractive light). The scalability of the chip-scale package (CSP) LED enables flexibility in putting together individual lighting solutions. According to the company, with typical luminous flux of 100lm at a drive current of 350mA and a colour temperature of 3000K, the prototype almost perfectly follows Lambert’s law and achieves a flux density of 237lm/m² when operating at 1000mA. The achieved luminance is then much higher for the same component size. This property is useful particularly if the new LED is used for illuminating merchandise in retail outlets.
Because of its compact 1.0mm x 1.0mm x 0.25mm dimensions, the Oslon Pure 1010 gives lighting designers a high degree of flexibility. The new LED comes without a primary lens, and the reduction in height is due to the chip-scale package. The light-emitting surface is contacted not in the usual way (with a bond wire from above) but within the component itself, without the need for bond wires. These properties, together with the small dimensions, enable multiple LEDs to be placed very close together in a small space. Warm-white and cold-white LEDs can be combined, so the number of individual LEDs, their arrangement and the relative proportions of warm-white and cold-white LEDs can be tailored to meet specific customer requirements.
If applications call for highly concentrated spotlighting, appropriate secondary optics can simply be added. Due to the compact dimensions and directional emission of the Oslon Pure, the secondary optics can also be very small, which in turn means that the overall solution will save even more space and cost. In the CRI-80 version, the LED will be available as early as May. A CRI-90 version will then follow in fall 2018.
LG Display Showcases Luflex OLED Lighting Products
LG Display, unveiled various innovative OLED lighting products, emphasising the limitless flexibility and infinite inspiration that they offer. LG Display’s Luflex OLED light panels, while enabling slim and unique designs with a thin and flexible form factor, provide soft and natural light with less blue light, thus reducing eye fatigue. Luflex is a portmanteau of the Latin word lux, which means light, and the English word flex, which not only refers to flexibility in physical form but also in application. Most notably, Luflex panels can be twisted and rolled up to a 30mm radius of curvature without compromising any functionality. The panels’ thickness of 0.41mm puts them in a league of their own when compared with traditional light sources, and they also offer design potential that is sure to set fire to creative imaginations.
LG Display introduced its Crystal Sound OLED (CSO) Lights by extending the use of its CSO technology used for its TV panels to OLED light panels for the first time in the world. The paper-thin OLED light panel itself serves as a speaker diaphragm with the sound emanating directly from the panel which is vibrated by exciters attached to the back. A flexible, natural lighting installation that also serves as a speaker not only delivers futuristic design and natural illumination, but also premium sound — hence the name. This new technology is expected to be widely used in AI-integrated mood lamps and ceiling lamps that will be able to talk with you as well as light up your life.
Zumtobel Group Services Presents Light as the Infrastructure of IoT
Apart from highlighting tailored project solutions and specific-use cases to underline the benefits of connected and intelligent lighting solutions, ZGS presented light as the infrastructure for the Internet of Things (IoT). The group showcased its software-based digital services, detailing how sensors and data processors enable data from activity within the building or environment to be captured, processed and translated into valuable business intelligence. Because luminaires are everywhere that people are, lighting provides the perfect infrastructure for the Internet of Things. By networking and communicating between devices, businesses can gain valuable real-time insights into energy consumption as well as the way space is populated and utilised. In retail, brands can improve customer loyalty and increase sales through lighting-driven real-time marketing.
Lumileds Displays its CoB Core Range
Dimming technology is a critical component in luminaire design. With this in mind, longtime GRE Alpha partner, Lumileds showcased its fourth generation of chip-on-board (CoB) LEDs, the LUXEON CoB Core Range which leads the market in efficacy and quality of light. The product incorporates GRE Alpha’s warm dimming modules to provide a smooth dim-to-warm effect. With the new LUXEON CoB Core Range, Lumileds sets a new standard with 5% greater efficacy than the closest alternatives. The major applications include use in spotlights and downlights.
GRE Alpha is a long-term reliable partner with Lumileds. GRE Alpha dimmers offer some distinct advantages besides getting easily linked with Lumileds constant current COB LED chipsets. Plug-and-play dimming modules create eye-catching, color temperature changing effects without colour distortion. Apart from that GRE’s dimming module can provide extremely low output ripple current which creates the best flicker control.
iGuzzini Puts Forth a Range of Lighting Solution
The designer lights giant, iGuzzini showcased a range of its designer wall-washers lighting solutions. First developed as a custom product, Lander is a bollard designed by architect Renzo Piano for the park of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation in Athens. This product is characterised by a specific light emission focused on the paths, with road (ST1) and asymmetrical optics. The wall washer version has an optical compartment aligned with the body of the product resulting in exceptional vertical lighting. The range also includes an applique version for direct or direct/ indirect light emission, with options of more comfortable or more powerful optics.
Walky, winner of the Design Plus award, is an extraordinary collection of miniaturised devices starting from 45mm in height, and comes in round, square and rectangular shapes in two options of flush and surface-mounted. Walky was born from the idea that iGuzzini’s excellent vertical lighting skills could be transferred into horizontal applications. Walky’s new optic distributes perfect horizontal light: precise, pure and shadow free cones near the wall, and perfectly uniform light along the entire surface in question.
Radiant Lighting Showcases its 3D LED Flex 100 IP66 and Centura
Radiant Architectural Lighting is set to make a splash with its 3D LED Flex 100 IP66 7 Centura. Building on the commercial success of the IP20 version, which was originally created for Zaha Hadid Architects’ Heydar Aliyev Centre in Baku, Radiant has introduced an IP66 version of the 3D LED Flex 100. The exterior linear lighting system is designed for applications with non-linear lit surfaces, such as columns, domes and curved facades. Able to follow curved surfaces and facades, it is perfect for direct and indirect architectural lighting applications, including coves and wall washing or grazing. It comes with a unique articulated joint system which offers three-dimensional flexibility as well as consistency with equally spaced LED’s to ensure uniformity when creating the perfect lighting solution. The system provides up to 7,000 lumens per mtr depending on optics, colour temperature and CRI.
Centura is a flexible LED interior linear lighting system, designed to make complex designs simple. An innovative design offers the flexibility to follow curved surfaces, encapsulate columns and domes, and to make irregular shaped pendants. Available in uplight and downlight solutions, surface mounted or suspended, and with lumen outputs of up to 5,000 lumens per metre, Centura is ideal for a range of application areas including architectural, hospitality, leisure and retail. It offers complete flexibility, adjustability onsite and a choice of colour options ensuring there is a solution for any lighting challenges. This makes it ideal for a wide range of applications, including hospitality, leisure and retail.
Lucite International Presents Perspex® – Intelligent Acrylic for LED Lighting
Lucite International presented its renowned brand Perspex® acrylic, the perfect partner for LEDs in lighting. Giving live demonstration of its Perspex® Light i.e. Perspex® Edge and Perspex® Diffuse products on specialised light boxes to lighting manufacturers and design engineers, the acrylic specialist came up with its latest ‘Light’ range, the best-in-class diffuser and light guide panel (LGP) products.
Perspex® acrylic is a natural partner to LEDs and offers unique advantages, enhancing LED performance in lighting units. The Perspex® R&D team has developed Perspex® Edge, the latest in light guide panel technology, especially developed for edge illumination, offering slim panel designs and cost efficiencies. Each of the four available grades is individually optimised for specific panel widths.
Thorlux Showcases Comboseal & Comboseal Plus Range LED Luminaires
Thorlux Lighting put on the anvil its Comboseal & Comboseal Plus range of low profile, high efficiency, IP66 circular LED luminaires for high and low bay applications, designed to be used as direct replacements for traditional single point suspended discharge luminaires up to 250W & 400W respectively.
Integral Smart controls and optional SmartScan wireless connectivity allow the installation of energy saving luminaires without the need for additional cabling. While Comboseal is available in 65W, 98W and 137W, with SmartScan versions with integral PIR suitable for use up to 8m; Comboseal Plus is available in 171W, 251W and 326W, with Smart versions suitable for use up to 18m.
The Thorlux designed PCBs are capable of producing over 19,000 lumens and 44,000 lumens of white light respectively, with colour rendition greater than 80 CRI, which is suitable for various applications including general industrial areas, manufacturing, food processing, leisure centres, high level racking aisles, retail and commercial areas.
Carclo Optics Comes up with its High Bay Strip Optics
Carclo Optics released a new high bay product into their range of strip optics. The High Bay Strip Optic can be installed up to 12 metres high and has been designed to optimise both floor and shelving illumination. Ideal for warehouse and other high bay applications, the new strip optic is available in 600mm and 1200mm lengths. Produced using optical grade PC, the new strip optic has a high impact resistance.