Light + Building is the world’s leading trade fair for lighting and building services technology,
Light + Building is the stage for the latest lighting trends and a source of inspiration for building services technology. From 8 to 13 March 2020 Frankfurt am Main is the place where premieres are celebrated and trends are set.
About Light + Building
More than 2,700 exhibitors present their world firsts at Light + Building in the Frankfurt Exhibition Centre. Of over 220,000 visitors, almost half come from outside Germany. Amongst the major visitor groups are architects, interior architects, designers, planners and engineers, as well as tradesmen and women and representatives from the retail and wholesale sectors and from industry.
Light + Building is a trade fair for innovation, covering all electrically based building services systems; it seeks to promote the integrated planning of building services systems with a product spectrum that is unique, both in its breadth and its depth. Light + Building showcases solutions for reducing the energy consumption of buildings, at the same time as raising the levels of comfort within them.
The show covers everything from LED and photovoltaic technology to electric vehicles, ‘intelligent’ ways of using electricity with ‘smart metering’ and ‘smart grids’. By combining lighting and networked building services, the industry can offer an integrated range of products and services that make a crucial contribution to fully exploiting the potential for energy savings in buildings.
Light + Building product segments
As the world’s only trade fair to combine the fields of architecture and technology, Light + Building presents the key sectors for integrated building planning.
Light + Building represents the world’s largest stage for the lighting market. The total spectrum of exhibits includes designer luminaires in a variety of styles, technical luminaires and lamps in various forms and for all kinds of uses, as well as a huge range of technical lighting components and accessories, including outdoor and street lighting.
There are, at the show, all sorts of new and inspiring ideas relating to lighting, as well as to electrotechnology and home and building automation.
With its central, cross-sector technologies aimed at overall, integrated solutions, electrical and electronic engineering occupies a key position within building services technology.
In 2020, Intersec Building, the international platform for building security technology, will revolve around the subject of ‘Connected Security’ while ‘Young Competence’ is the first port of call for visitors eager to add to their knowledge.
The integration of all technical disciplines means that building automation plays a vital role: the growing interconnection and digitalisation of electrical installations is leading to an increase in the quality of life at home and at work. At Light + Building, the industry presents solutions and technologies aimed not only at low energy consumption and modern safety expectations but also individual design opportunities and a high level of convenience.
Home and building automation
The increasing networking and digitalisation of electrotechnical installations enhance the quality of life both at work and at home. At Light + Building, the industry showcases overall solutions and technologies that seek to meet demands for both lower energy consumption and modern security systems, as well as providing opportunities for individual design and high levels of comfort.
The home and building automation product group is presented together with electrically controlled security technology in Hall 9.1. This results in a single port of call, a centre for integrated building services engineering, which offers an all-round overview of the entire spectrum of home and building automation, as well as of electrically based security technology.
Connecting. Pioneering. Fascinating. – in these three categories, the top themes of Light + Building refer to the claim of the anniversary edition of the fair. The overarching element of all three top themes is Dynamic Digitalisation.
Scenario: Dynamic Digitalization
When the street light senses that the electric car has been parked in front of the house, parking fees will be charged, charging initiated, the footpath to the dwelling illuminated dynamically, the front door opened via face recognition, lighting appropriate to the time of day switched on and the occupant’s favourite music played.
In the future, application scenarios for buildings and districts will only be subject to the bounds of imagination. Beforehand, however, all electronic components must be connected digitally and speak the same language.
Connecting is a top topic dealing with systems whose key elements are connectivity and interoperability. The goal: To increase comfort and efficiency.
Progressive energy management
The aim of future-oriented energy management is not only to serve users in the most economical, sustainable and secure way but also to control and optimise energy consumption throughout the whole building. The meta aim: efficiency and resource conservation. Moreover, progressive energy management can help, for example, to add transparency regarding the specific energy demand of individual consumers and building sectors.
In the future, it will also be important to turn consumers temporarily into suppliers when their electric vehicles are not in use and the battery capacities can be released. Then, smart building automation will regulate organisational aspects thus making, for example, the integration of alternative, decentral energy generation – such as photovoltaic systems – particularly attractive.
Modern buildings or ways of protecting them are inconceivable without intelligent systems. Monitoring, access control and data protection are equally essential, especially when security facilities are interconnected and integrated into all other building services.
Smart urban stands for the intelligent infrastructure of a district. At the same time, the interconnection of the home and working spheres as the smallest and the town as the biggest unit of living and working space is part of the top theme. This includes production facilities, digital charging infrastructure for electric vehicles and dynamic street lighting, as well as connected surveillance technology and intelligent parking systems.
Advanced e-charging infrastructure
Electric mobility and urban development are closely interlinked. Private fast-charging units, public induction chargers, billing systems, car-sharing and travel planning – only with an intelligent electrical infrastructure can bicycles, cars and commercial transport become part of mobility concepts suitable for mass implementation.
Pioneering is the top theme spotlighting the progressive vision of models and systems that are, in some cases, already reality today.
X as a Service
Leasing cars and renting apartments are everyday occurrences. As are, for example, using light or security as services without having to pay for the necessary building technology. In this case, the specific properties of a product, i.e., in the home, at work, in education or the hospitality sector, are provided as a service. Thus, the ‘X’ in ‘X as a Service’ stands for a specific product, e.g., office lighting, security or predictive maintenance.
Building installations, such as security systems or lighting, are fitted with sensors that continuously measure their performance. Thus, it is possible to make predictions as to when maintenance work must be carried out or a part changed to avoid qualitative or quantitative declines in performance.
Digital twin – BIM
All themes are linked by a future-oriented interface: BIM. Building Information Modelling is the digital twin of the physical building and, therefore, an interdisciplinary tool for planning, equipping and operating a building digitally and centrally documenting everything.
All building-relevant installations are noted and illustrated three dimensionally in a database that even contains details of the manufacturers, product identification or dimensions.
Fascinating is the top theme that focuses on light and luminaire design, at the same time as showing how light can be part of the network.
By consciously going without ornamentation in design and focusing on the specific lighting requirements, Light + Building 2020 will give a further boost to a megatrend. Subtle luminaire designs with variable lighting spectrums for different scenarios – in some cases controlled by the smart building – are being used more and more in the education, work and leisure fields.
Stringent and timeless – classic lighting design satisfies expectations in numerous offices and private residences. Some designs seem to never lose their attraction. On the contrary: the older the design, the greater the enthusiasm of potential users.
In 2020, Light + Building will present luminaires from very different epochs and styles: from reduced to exalted, from sparkling chandeliers to the uncluttered lines of Nordic standard or industrial loft luminaires.
Regardless of whether Wilhelminian, art décor or the Phoenix Group – successful design elements frequently reach the pinnacle of design. In the past, some designs have been so archetypal that relevant details are often to be seen in modern designs.
In 2020, international design studios will present their exhibits at Light + Building. With their luminaires, they create a link between the past and the future. And for no element does this hold truer than for the invisible because it is the invisible – the connectivity of many modern luminaires – that bridges the technological gap to the future.
Living and working are becoming increasingly flexible. After a hard workday, when you are back home, it’s time to relax with a good book in an armchair. And, always on hand: the favourite luminaire with a variety of atmospheric settings controlled via an app. Smart, portable, light and sustainable – that’s the future of luminaire design.