Light + Building 2016 Top Themes Reflect Driving Forces in the Sector

Where modern spaces come to life: ‘digital – individual – networked’ is the motto of the world’s leading trade fair for lighting and building-services technology

The latest technology is vital when it comes to achieving an improved quality of life at home and work. Integrated building planning, digitalisation, increased interlinkage and pan-system solutions are the key to a modern and flexible environment at work not only in public buildings, hotels, hospitals, etc., but also at home. Light + Building presents the latest developments and technologies in the field of lighting and building-services technology, a component part of modern life, in Frankfurt am Main from 13 to 18 March 2016.

Smart system solutions and modern design provide the foundation for an improved quality of life, as well as make it possible to take account of widely differing individual needs. Accordingly, the world’s leading trade fair for lighting and building-services technology will be held under the motto, ‘Where modern spaces come to life: digital – individual – networked’, with the industry showing solutions and technologies that increase the economic efficiency of a building and make life easier for the user. The top themes at Light + Building 2016 will be ‘Smart technologies: the keystones of modern building-services technology’ and ‘Bright spots in the future: design and function in harmony’. They reflect perfectly the main themes of digitalisation, intelligent building networks, safety and security technology, trends in the lighting market and the impact of light on humans.

Smart technologies: the keystones of modern building-services technology

This top theme combines a variety of aspects and Light + Building puts the spotlight on the subjects of the smart home, the smart powered building, safety and security technology and building information modelling (BIM).

In the smart home, smartphones and easy installation play a leading role, a fact that is thematised by exhibitors and in the complementary programme of events at Light + Building.

The umbrella term Smart Powered Building covers the subjects of energy management and sustainability, as well as the latest developments in the field of intelligent building networks. At Light + Building, visitors will be able to see solutions for new buildings and planning new buildings, as well as for retrofitting and modernisation.

Safety and security technology is one of the main themes at the coming Light + Building. Building safety and security is a vital aspect of smart building-services technology for both dwellings and commercial premises – with video monitoring, fire and burglar alarms, access control systems, blinds and exterior lighting. Light + Building shows the latest technologies and trends in the field of safety and security technology, and how they can be linked and / or integrated into smart buildings.

Building information modelling (BIM), the digital planning method in the building industry, will continue to grow in significance. Light + Building shows how BIM accompanies the life cycle of a building and the advantages it offers for planners, architects, artisans, companies and facilities managers.

Bright spots in the future: design and function in harmony

Modern design, new materials and the creative use of forms come together with future-oriented lighting technology: the latest design trends in the luminaire market will be shown by national and international exhibitors at Light + Building 2016. The digitalisation of light has paved the way for a new dimension in lighting design. Light is combined with the room, sets accents and becomes an independent design feature. Lamps and luminaires are smaller and more efficient. They fit discretely into the architecture or emphasise it. Depending on the activity or room situation, there are many different kinds of light available today, e.g., direct / indirect luminaires with variable light distribution for illuminating the ceiling pleasantly or for non-glare work-place lighting. When it comes to decorative luminaires for the private and commercial spheres, tomorrow’s trends are characterised by versatility and individuality.

Innovations in the field of lighting technology focus on people and their needs. The subject of People and health – human centric lighting plays an important role in the lighting market and, of course at Light + Building. Human centric lighting influences more than just people’s vision. It helps improve the performance of young people, makes people of all ages feel better and promotes the healing process. Thus, it is an important, future-oriented subject for the sector and beyond.

Light + Building 2016 will offer a wealth of information about the latest trends. Over the six days of the fair, the approx. 2,500 exhibitors will present all trends from the sector, which will be illuminated in the multifarious complementary programme and explored in depth in expert lectures. Additionally, the leading international trade fair will offer a clear overall picture. It is split into three main sections – lighting, electrical engineering and home and building automation – with national and international exhibitors presenting their products and services in 22 exhibition halls: a perfect blend that enables trade visitors to amass comprehensive information about subjects of topical interest and to keep their finger on the pulse of the age.

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