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Cutting Edge and Future Oriented: The very best Themes nowadays

Yesterday experimental, today a practical everyday application: the growing pace of digitalisation is generating chances, new opportunities and challenges. Innovative ideas are welcome and there's a great willingness to test something new.

Nevertheless, the growing utilization of digital communication solutions is leading to a greater appreciation of tried and tested products.

Against this background, Light + Building in Frankfurt am Main from 13 to 18 March 2022 is set to provide orientation. The increasing pace of digitalisation impacts all aspects of life – and is closely bound up with the topic of sustainability. Green lighting and building services embrace the whole product life cycle, which begins with the look and careful manufacture of modern causes of lighting, is aware of component exchangeability, integrates a competent control system, is characterised with a good ecological balance and ends with the correct disposal and recycling of recycleables.

The top themes of Light + Building are selected on the basis of their current and future relevance to the market and sector. Accordingly, dynamic digitalisation and sustainability are to be seen reflected inside them repeatedly. But exactly what do 'Intelligent', 'Future-proof' and 'Trend-predicting' actually are a symbol of?

Dynamic digitalisation is really a recurring aspect in the very best themes at Light + Building.
Source: Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH

The top theme 'Intelligent' focuses on systems whose important elements are connectivity and interoperability, which enable them to communicate seamlessly with each other. It makes sense increased convenience and efficiency in buildings. Additionally, it's easier to monitor specific climate goals.

'Energy + Efficiency' may be the first category owned by this top theme. It spotlights LED lighting in combination with intelligently linked operations using sensors and actuators. The 2nd category, 'Connectivity + Security' involves the interoperability of the many different building-automation systems and components. In this case, too, a huge role is played through the prioritisation of automatically interconnected functions and processes.

For example, what goes on with the emergency escape route if, when it comes to fire, a building's windows close automatically to lessen the flow of oxygen? Covering a totally different theme is the 'Charging Management + E-Infrastructure' category. The long periods spent at work or at home represent ideal circumstances for charging e-cars. To this end, the charging point must be built-into the building and, optimally, connected to an intelligent control system, which allows the availability of electricity to be regulated in accordance with the time and also the number of devices.

Just how can production processes be made more effective? When will the machinery actually need servicing and in which language does the house door contact the heating? These and lots of other questions are at the center of the top theme 'Future-proof'.

To hire or buy? Anybody who chooses 'X plus service' has already answered this. Naturally, 'X' can be anything from a person technology or plan to a complete package, which is then taken care of like a leasing agreement. Typical applications in the field of lighting and building-services technology include 'Light like a Service' (LaaS) and 'Safety as a Service'. Whether within the health, automobile or heating fields, regular monitoring promises the first detection of defects or likely malfunctions. In the lighting and building-services sector, new technologies have the ability to connect components with one another and to collect data continuously.

This permits servicing requirements to be forecast and is covered by the 'Analyse + Predictive Maintenance' category. In the case of 'Physical + Digital Twin', the main focus is around the numerous disciplines involved in the planning, construction and operation of the building. As with a great orchestra, all should interact perfectly and access the necessary data whereby the 'digital twin' from the building helps in the type of the IT-aided data interface, Building Information Modelling (BIM). 'Human Centric Lighting' (HCL) involves the targeted and longterm impact of light on humans. And this is the subject of 'Health + Light'. As well as the visual excellence of the light, modern lighting systems may change the color temperature depending on the time of day.

This top theme not just emphasises lighting and luminaire design but additionally shows how light becomes part of the network.

An office at home turns into a wellness zone, a waiting room turns into a prestigious lounge. The focus from the 'Practical + Beautiful' trend theme is around the challenge of adapting the person lighting requirements in the most effective way. Luminaires are variable and changeable, on the design and technical levels. Track-lighting systems and modular components are suitable for use in both public and private spheres. And could be coupled to smart control systems. Classic luminaires have a prominent place at Light + Building alongside futuristic designs. And the account is taken of this through the 'Classic + Real' category.

The 'Historic + Contemporary' trend theme includes luminaires by international designers, the connectivity of which forms a technological connect to the near future. In appearance, they frequently include references to historical and classic archetypes. Lantern shapes, chandeliers and even the filament lamp itself provide for a retro-look in conjunction with state-of-the-art technology. The 'Futuristic + Plain' category spotlights freedom from a fixed location. LED table luminaires and lanterns made without inconvenient mains cables but with loops or hooks could be positioned almost anywhere. Standard lamps will also be portable and could be astonishing when it comes to shape, colouring and design.

Light + Building is going to be held from 13 to 18 March 2022.