LpS 2016 Review

LpS 2016 Review: Further Transformations forecasted by the Leading European Lighting Conference

The 6th LED professional Symposium + Expo opened its doors on September 20th, in Bregenz, Austria. About 1,500 lighting professionals and over 100 exhibitors took part in Europe’s foremost lighting conference and exhibition. Experts from academia and industry, including Prof. Shuji Nakamura, Nobel Laureate in Physics 2014, discussed cutting edge findings and explored new technologies and applied them to business models and use cases in applications. This LpS 2016 Review captures the highlights of this years’ event.

The conversion of lighting, which started with LED and OLED light sources, will continue with new technologies such as communication tools and IoT. LpS 2016 also showed that lighting will be transformed into specific solutions for things such as Horticultural Lighting, Automotive Lighting and Indoor and Outdoor Lighting. Smart Technologies for Lighting Innovations, the motto of the LpS 2016, conveyed the key aspects for new lighting solutions – building synergies between devices, algorithms and usages.

Lectures & Scientific Award Winner

The comprehensive symposium program with about 100 first-class lectures attracted the global lighting community to take part in the conference and visit the exhibition. While the speeches in earlier years were focused on light sources, this year technologies like smart lighting, connectivity and Internet of Things were added to the extended conference program. This reflects a trend moving away from pure LED hardware and towards intelligent lighting. In the field of Solid State Lighting applications, current developments in Human Centric Lighting were presented and discussed.

Picture: LpS / Matthias Rhomberg

LpS 2016 Conference Openings. Picture credits: LpS / Matthias Rhomberg

Workshops and Forums

The eight interactive workshops and forums covered the subjects of Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Horticulturak Lighting, Measurement Standards, Lighting Design Requirements, Color Tunable Lighting, Alternative Light Sources, Risk and Finance Management and Collaboration Strategies with Asia. In summary it can be said that future lighting systems will need a holistic design approach that is based on advanced technologies, covers global regulations and has adaptive and flexible applications for users. The transformation from hardware to software based
lighting systems, using the latest digital technologies, can be seen as a primary direction for future designs.

Expo Floor Area

Alongside the LED professional Symposium was the world-class exhibition that visitors have become used to in Bregenz. Exhibitors from all over the world presented high tech products, equipment and services. The Expo showcased a complete range of state-of-the art products from components to systems including controls, subsystems and peripherals for luminaire producers and manufacturersin the main user market segments. Another highlight this year were the Start-Up companies that exhibited and brought totally new and innovative ideas to the show.

Among the myriad of products and services there was also a humanoid robot to see. Picture: LpS / Matthias Rhomberg

Among the myriad of products and services there was also a humanoid robot to see. Picture credits: LpS / Matthias Rhomberg

New Product Launches

Exciting product launches were presented in the exhibition and at the international press conference. Auer Lighting introduced a new color-mixing glass optic named “Shopwhite” which was designed for multi-color LED arrays. Gigaherz-Optik launched the measuring system “TPI21-TH” for testing and binning of back-end LEDs. The IA-1200 hot melt room-temperature vulcanization adhesive by Dow Corning was formulated to achieve instant green strength. Ophir Photonics pioneered with the “FluxGage” LED luminaire measurement system, which is three times as small as an equivalent integrating sphere. An innovative approach to directional lighting application provides the new Plessey OrionTM PLWSC3000 series.

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Lps 2016 Review – A full show floor area. Picture credits: LpS / Matthias Rhomberg

Dow Corning’s MS-4002 moldable silicone retains high transparency even in harsh environments. UL introduced a verification service for lighting products with the opportunity to have an independent third-party laboratory verify the validity of claims about the level of optical flicker. “Synapse” developed by iLumTech is an innovative, intelligent and dynamic smart city control and monitoring system. Last but not least Flip Chip Opto released its firstin-class “Ares Series” UV-A spectrum flip chip COB.

The dates for the next edition are unveiled: September 26th to 28th, 2017 in Bregenz, Austria. The Call for Papers for the LpS 2017 will open by the end of October 2016.

Thanks for reading this LpS 2016 Review. In the next weeks, we’ll post about some remarkable products and innovations we found at this years’ show.