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The “THINKLIGHT: Embracing Changes Forum” provides an industry platform for the global lighting community

04 Jun 2018

The final stages of preparation for the 23rd edition of Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition are underway. Held from 9 ‒ 12 June at the China Import and Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou, the show serves as an ideal business platform for the lighting and LED industry as more than 2,600 exhibitors convene to showcase the latest products, solutions and services.

Acknowledging the show's ongoing development, Ms Lucia Wong, Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd, commented: "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."

To echo with the show theme, the THINKLIGHT: Embracing Changes Forum will be held alongside the exhibition. The three-day event programme is structured according to four major changes witnessed in the industry while being split into two distinct sections, the THINK and ACT forums. The THINK forum will examine the changes from both conceptual and strategical points of view, while the ACT forum will focus on practical topics that can tackle these changes in the industry and present a range of real-life case studies. The four major changes are outlined in more depth:

Changes in the concept of lighting

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 on cross-industry technologies in order to develop smart lighting and link seamlessly with other devices.

Changes in technology

LED lamps create form factor innovation and also lay the foundations for the next revolution in the lighting industry - the race for connected and intelligent lighting systems. The transition to an LED future is a crucial step in the industry. 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.

Changes in lighting fixture design

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, a 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.

Changes in the market

LEDs have provided the lighting community with a new vision and business opportunities. In this final segment of the forum programme, shifts in market focus from general lighting to niche applications will be explored in greater depth.

Commenting on the concurrent event programme at the fair, Ms Wong added: "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."

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