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20 years of Light + Building: 8 to 13 March 2020

01 Jul 2019

Light + Building celebrates 20th jubilee: fascinating and pioneering work on lighting and connected building technology. / Source: Messe Frankfurt / Pietro Sutera


Under the motto ‘Connecting. Pioneering. Fascinating.', Light + Building is not only celebrating its 20th jubilee but also the upwind being enjoyed by a global sector. Connected lighting and building-services technology is the catalyser of the 21st century. "It has the potential to guarantee efficiency, security, comfort and health for a large proportion of the world's inhabitants. And this will be of particular benefit to rapidly growing urban areas", says Wolfgang Marzin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Messe Frankfurt.

Accordingly, Light + Building spotlights both the interlinkage of intelligent building-services systems and the influence of future-oriented light design. Answers to the worldwide demand generated by expanding markets will also be given by the top themes of the world's leading trade fair in Frankfurt am Main from 8 to 13 March 2020.

Top themes at a glance ‘Dynamic digitalisation' is the overarching theme of all top themes, which

refer to the claim of the anniversary edition of the fair in the ‘Connecting', ‘Pioneering' and ‘Fascinating' categories. In this way, Light + Building spotlights the sometimes varying roles of energy producers and consumers with ‘progressive energy management', which can be regulated with the aid of smart building-automation systems. Moreover, ‘smart urban' depicts the current situation and future of intelligent e-district infrastructures. Additionally, the likely increase in e-mobility calls for comprehensive and efficient charging infrastructure. ‘Advanced e-charging infrastructure' stands for this subject area at Light + Building.

Another important aspect for the sector and users is ‘connected safety and security'. All four thematic blocks are assigned to the top theme of ‘Connecting'. Parallel to this, the top theme of ‘Pioneering' covers areas that have a great potential but are not yet fully established in the market. For example, ‘X as a Service' whereby ‘X' stands for a specific product, such as lighting or security. ‘Predictive maintenance' is also pioneering work.

Thus, electronic installations in buildings can be monitored via the sophisticated use of sensors and software before any loss of efficiency or even the occurrence of a fault. The ‘digital twin - BIM' has not only become a thematic interdisciplinary interface for all players involved in systems integration.

Nowadays, design is not used exclusively to mean the form or shape of the luminaires. The technical specification is no less important, especially when it comes to connectivity. At Light + Building 2020, the top theme of ‘Fascinating' will spotlight important attributes of future-oriented lighting and luminaire design. ‘Functional aesthetics' describes a mega trend that consciously does without ornamentation while concentrating on the lighting requirements of different situations.

Meanwhile, ‘classic authenticity' triggers emotions with regard to, inter alia, different epochs. A link between the past and the future is created by the ‘historical ascendency' category, which revolves around modern citations of archetypical design in the past. Modern lifestyles and modes of operation are the subject of the ‘futuristic focus' thematic block, which throws the right light on subjects such as the breakfast table or co-working office - where flexible lighting concepts can be of great help.

The international product spectrum and top themes will be supplemented by the renowned, comprehensive complementary programme of events.

Light + Building has much of interest to all trade-visitor groups, from architects, designers, retailers and artisans to the industry, engineers, interior architects and planners.

A shining example will also be set on the occasion of the anniversary of Light + Building by Luminale, the festival of light from 12 to 15 March. With around 250,000 visitors, it ranks among the biggest events held in the Rhine-Main region of Germany. Luminale was founded by Messe.

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