LED professional Symposium 2013 Review


Over 1,100 visitors from 34 countries attended the LED professional Symposium 2013 in Bregenz, Austria, from September 24th to 26th. Research institutes, lighting organizations and the lighting industry presented their insights on the latest trends in LED and OLED lighting technologies in multiple sessions, workshops and exhibition area.

Record breaking

Luger Research, the organizer of LED professional Symposium 2013, announced a new attendance record with increased international visitors and exhibitors. The positive feedback from visitors, attendees, exhibitors and organizations confirm the importance of the event for the lighting industry. Almost 60% of all visitors were from manufacturing companies, over 10% were from distributors, about 8% came from engineering and design services and around 5% came from universities. The largest percentile of visitors was made up of executive and corporate managers (20%), followed by research and development and design engineers (17%), then distributors and sales people (14%) and finally, application engineers (4%).

Technology Focus & Quality Presentations

The indepth technology focus and quality of the presentations have become highly valued trademarks of the event. Intense discussions between CTO’s, research and development engineers, project managers, engineers and manufacturers took place throughout the event. Stephane Rosa, Director of Lighting at Arrow Electronics EMEA declared: “This is the third time that we are here at the LpS event and we find it to be one of the best technology fairs in Europe. The value in this fair lies in the fact that people come here to see and understand the new technologies. I think it is more the quality rather than the quantity of customer contacts. Here you have a more quality approach with the customers. We have a lot of customers seen from Spain, from Israel, from everywhere. And I think the reputation of this fair is growing year by year.” An attendee from Norway said: “One of the highlights is the technical level! For me it has been very useful.”

Hands-On Workshops

Forty-six lectures given by international experts were covered in 16 sessions titled: Light Sources I-IV, LED Future I, LED Systems I-II, Driver & Controls I-IV, Illumination Optics I-II, Thermal Management I-II and Applications I. There were workshops on the subjects of Testing and Standardization, 3-Dimensional System Design and Printoptical Technology, Computer Supported Design of LED and OLED Systems as well as Qualification and Reliability.

Trends and Innovations

Over 80 exhibitors from all over the globe showed their latest innovations, products, equipment and services. The 2,000m² exhibition space was sold out again this year. There were so many innovations and trends on show that they cannot all be listed.  The following are just some examples representative of the numerous products and services presented.

Light Art Project

On the first evening of the event, the Zumtobel Group invited exhibitors and visitors alike to view their innovative light installation at the newly renovated Vorarlberg Museum. This installation built the bridge between technology and application. Outside, the famous artist, Peter Kogler, used the museum’s façade for a fascinating light show.  The 200 people who attended received detailed information about the lighting requirements given by the museum and the lighting system created and implemented by Zumtobel. Stefan von Terzi, Marketing Director at Zumtobel, talked about how they created a system that is customized and can be adjusted flexibly and quickly for the various needs of the museum. This system can be operated and configured via smartphones and tablets, which makes high precision controlling easy.

Get-Together Event

Almost 250 people came on board the MS Vorarlberg for a cruise around Lake Constance at the Get-Together Event. People got to know each other in a relaxed atmosphere while continuing discussions they started during the day. A beautiful sunset on the lake with mountains in the background was the perfect setting for the delicious food served.

LED professional Symposium 2013 Event Organizer

Although many cutting edge developments have taken place already, the fundamental change process of the lighting industry is still ongoing. “Companies have to work on the profitability of their products. The challenges of phasing out old technologies and ramping up new technologies are huge. New processes, structures, partners, alliances and a new understanding of the lighting sector itself are necessary to compete in this rapidly changing market.

New and enhanced technologies are the major innovation drivers in lighting. Smart Lighting technologies are being increasingly merged on a sub-system level while diverse industries are intensifying collaborations. But the key question remains: “What will the winning approaches be in the years to come?”

The next edition of the LED professional Symposium + Expo, LpS 2014 will be held from September 30 until October 02, 2014 in Bregenz, Austria again.

Source: Luger Research / LED professional

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