Top Trends at LightFair 2016

By Roger ElliottMay 31, 2016

This is part one of our four part LightFair 2016 series.  

LightFair International, one of the largest annual trade shows and conferences on architectural and commercial lighting trends, was held in San Diego, California in April 2016. Providing one of the best global platforms for electrical contractors, manufacturers of lighting fixtures and the whole lighting fraternity, the event brings to the forefront innovative trends in the world of Architectural and Commercial lights.

Some WPGA team members attended this year’s LightFair, and we thought you’d be interested to know about some of the trends displayed at the event. Here are some trends we saw emerging at this year’s LightFair International.

Leveraging Technology in Lighting Innovation

The use of smart technology in introducing innovative illumination was a popular trend at LightFair 2016. In fact, smart technology coexisted equally with lighting design to help define the nature of the displays at the exhibit stalls. The remote controlled spotlight, the color amplifier and, most importantly, the digital lighting from several suppliers received major focus from visitors.  One manufacturer demonstrated how digital lighting can interact with software on smart phones, etc. to help customers navigate stores and received an LFI award in the connectivity, integration and analytics category. This product also helps in relaying inputs on customer behavior to retailers.

Light Fixtures with in-built sensors

In order to introduce a new level of granularity, manufacturers have evolved the new age light fixtures. They utilized the global stage of LightFair 2016 to showcase their latest innovation – light fixtures with built-in sensors. The built-in sensors will help lights to function with, and in some cases, without, any dependence on wireless network and control. This will also help to enhance automation without increasing labor or cost. Light fixtures with built-in occupancy sensors also provide vital analytics data, enhancing the monitoring capabilities of business owners.  They can now track employee and customer activity easily and effortlessly.

Innovation in Enhancing Light Quality

Enhancement in light quality was another prominent trend at LightFair 2016. The display of the superslim bi-directional light fixture, which provides brilliant lighting quality for both ceiling and walls in a single fitting, amply illustrated the concept of the innovative luminaire.

Tapping the color tuning facility in lights

Color tuning was another popular trend that found favor at LightFair 2016. Fine-tuning of color output quality is a very important practice in order to generate the right application benefits. Appropriate tuning of color temperature has significant impacts on our health, appearance of food and products, and in our approach to work. The event displayed a host of color tuning systems that leverages the potential of LEDs to produce a wide array of color temperatures to suit the various moods of users.

Smart Lighting for your Outdoors

A significant focus was on the display of outdoor lighting using smart technology. The advantage of cellular technology was leveraged by various first time exhibitors who displayed their designs of smart outdoor lighting at the event.

Lighting as a Service

In the current scenario, technology is leading more light into the Internet of things. Therefore, an increasing number of companies are considering light as a source of data aggregation, and are ready to provide light as a service. Therefore, LightFair 2016 emerged as an ideal networking venue for entering into strategic collaborations for leveraging the advantage of technology in helping companies assimilate and understand the data collected from smart nodes and enabling them to enhance efficiency in business processes.

Human-Centric and Agricultural Lighting   

There is a growing trend towards human-centric lighting which received significant focus at the event. This field has a lot of promise, but most agree that more research is required to fully understand the relationship between smart LED Lighting and improved vision, mood, performance and general well being.