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Lighting’s replaceable future – an online panel discussion

October 23rd, 2020 | Latest News | 0 Comments

The next online Recolight panel discussion is scheduled for 6 November at 11:00. This discussion follows on from the three Lighting & the Circular Economy webinars hosted by Recolight this year. The discussion will tackle a key issue for sustainability in the lighting sector:

  • Is the return of replaceable light sources, drivers, and other components the best route to a Circular Economy in the lighting industry?

The panel, which includes representatives from manufacturers, specifiers, and associations will discuss this question. They will explore the design of luminaires and lighting equipment, the upcoming Eco-design regulations, and a sustainable business model for manufacturers in a changing world

Ray Molony will introduce and chair the event. On the panel are Helen Loomes, Business Development Director, International Sales at TRILUX Lighting Ltd, Ourania Georgoutsakou, Secretary General of LightingEurope, John Gorse, Technical Solutions Manager at Signify, Dave Tilley, Independent Business Owner at Lightology, Kevan Shaw, Design Director at KSLD EFLA Lighting Design, and Nigel Harvey, CEO at Recolight.

Commenting on the importance of this debate, Ourania Georgoutsakou, Secretary General of LightingEurope said:

“Policies across Europe are looking to deliver a circular economy with the introduction of mandatory design, performance, and environmental requirements. Sustainability is one of four pillars of LightingEurope’s work, the lighting industry has acknowledged its potential to deliver value to people and for the industry – what we care about is getting it right, striking a balance between mandatory requirements, innovation and entrepreneurship to deliver products and solutions that people want, and a level playing field. “

Helen Loomes, Business Development Director, International Sales at TRILUX Lighting Ltd said:

“Sustainability has to be a key focus and it should be considered from every angle so that we get it right first time. I am delighted to  be part of this discussion, to learn, to share and plan for the future.”

Nigel Harvey, Recolight CEO added:

“The pressure on producers to manufacture lighting equipment as sustainably as possible is inevitably going to increase.  Pressure will come from new standards, legislation, and increasingly from customers and specifiers.  That makes it so important that we understand what sustainability looks like in a lighting context.  I very much look forward to hearing the contributions of the panellists.”

The webinars replaced a full day workshop on Lighting and the Circular Economy planned for March this year. With the webinars Recolight have reached a wider audience, lower costs allowed for free attendance, and no travel meant a much lower carbon footprint. A good outcome for awareness of the circular economy, and the environment.

The webinar is free to join, follow this link to register.

Robe Illuminates Mountains for Parrtjima Festival of Light

October 23rd, 2020 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Festivals have fast become an elusive dream resembling gold dust in the Covid era – a much-missed environment for enjoying and sharing culture, ideas and social activities … so the 2020 Parrtjima Festival of Light at Alice Springs in Australia’s Northern Territory provided a rare reminder of the community, camaraderie, magic and imagination evoked by lighting art.

Moved from its original April slot to September, the 10-day event organised by the Northern Territories Major Event Company (NTMEC), and produced and curated by AGB, went ahead due to the state’s highly successful Covid-19 management strategy.

Featuring a carefully picked collection of amazing and fun light artworks together with a spectacular nightly lightshow designed by Richard Neville from Mandylights delivered to a locally produced soundtrack, 80 x Robe MegaPointes were used to throw lighting and effects onto a section of the West MacDonnell mountain range.

The lighting equipment was supplied by Melbourne-based MPH Australia, who’ve been involved as event suppliers for moving lights, LED, and other specialist fixtures in conjunction with Mandylights, for the last four years.

The first year MPH was involved, their Robe BMFLs were utilised for the task of lighting the mountains. However, in 2018 these were all in Jakarta on the Asian Games, so MPH’s founder and MD Matt Hansen made a decisive investment in the MegaPointes … which do the job brilliantly due to their impressive brightness!

When the new Parrtjima 2020 dates were confirmed as going ahead, Matt and his team re-prepped everything in their Melbourne HQ – it had been two days away from loading for the original dates when lockdown was imposed – and the kit journeyed from Victoria by rail, while Matt and MPH’s production manager Michael Parsons flew to Darwin, capital of the Northern Territory.

There they did the mandatory 14-days quarantine required for interstate travel from Victoria and New South Wales (or in fact currently any other Australian state) at Howard Springs Accommodation Village, a 3500 capacity compound originally built in 2012 for construction workers building the gas processing facilities at Blaydin Point. Despite some dodgy internet connections and food, Matt was generally impressed with the experience.

After their 14 days was up, they flew from Darwin down to Alice Springs and started rigging for the Festival.

The MegaPointes were positioned on four scaffolding structures – 20 fixtures each – distanced 1 – 1.5km apart, and between 250 and 400 metres away from the base of the mountains. Width-wise their light covered an area of around 2.5 kilometres along the mountain range.

The nearby ground areas involved in the lightshow including the Festival site are traditionally covered by projected images plus some additional lightsources which this year included 12 x BMFL Spots focussed on the park area and fairground.

MPH also supplied around 200 other luminaires for the event – including some Robe LEDWash 600s which were used inside a giant inflatable sphere projection surface.

Data to the fixtures site-wide was run via Art-Net and ACN. The MegaPointes used a Ubiquiti point-to-point wireless ethernet (Art-Net over Ethernet) network comprising a central omnidirectional antenna located in the main desert park site and smaller nanobeams at each MegaPointe scaffold tower.

Parrtjima’s 2020 lightshow was programmed and run on a grandMA 2 console operated by Mandylights’ Richard Neville.

Like anyone who has been lucky enough to be working on any events so far in this pandemic era, Matt and Michael were delighted to be back on site, even though it meant quarantining and taking on the enormous caseload of additional paperwork and logistics related to ensuring they were Covid-19 compliant.

On site, they worked alongside two technicians who they knew from Cairns – also in NT so no quarantine involved – plus three local stagehands.

Matt stated, “It was just fantastic to be getting our hands dirty, putting up lights, running power – data to the MegaPointes was wireless – and generally working hard at a festival doing the things we love that we once took for granted … and now nothing is certain!

“It was also great to see the event unfold and be enjoyed so enthusiastically by the public! Some of the lighting art was fantastic and truly unique!”

On site everyone working ‘backstage’ followed the golden Covid rules of “hands, face & space” – wore masks, frequently washed hands, and practised social distancing.

Like everywhere else in the world, the events and live entertainment industry in Australia has been devastated by the pandemic. Businesses have received some government support to help them survive the crisis until it is deemed safe to re-start the industry.

“Events like this are a lifeline right now … apart from the much-needed cashflow, it’s the morale boost more than anything else. It will be interesting to see what the Australian Government has on their roadmap for the entertainment industry’s road out of all of this!”  Matt concluded.

Show photos by Mandylights, set-up photos by MPH Australia.

PLASA Online programme available to watch on catch up

October 22nd, 2020 | Latest News | 0 Comments

From Monday 12th to Friday 16th October, PLASA, an association for the entertainment technology industry, hosted PLASA Online, a virtual programme of talks, panels and presentations designed to help industry professionals navigate the Covid era.

Thousands signed up in advance to watch the specially curated programme which spanned business advice, industry insights, technical developments, and product presentations. The full programme will remain online until Monday 16 November for you to catch up at your convenience.

The most popular session was an exploration of the 2020 Changes to Portable Appliance Testing Requirements with electrical expert and author of the new IET Code of Practice James Eade. In this session, James gave the viewers an overview of the recent changes and explained why portable appliance testing is no more and why annual testing is probably not the right answer.

Looking at challenges in live production in the Covid environment, Tom Goode chaired a panel with health and safety professionals from across the industry. Together they discussed a variety of corporate, theatre and music events that have been recently produced, along with what’s worked and how they have had to adapt.

Other popular sessions included the Future of Virtual and Digital Theatre with lighting visualiser James Simpson, Predictions and Pathways to Economic Recovery with renowned economist Roger Martin-Fagg, and On the Campaign Trail with #WeMakeEvents with four of the co-founders.

Business was on top of the agenda each day. Renowned speaker Marcus Child gave tips to renew leadership, Nicky Gleadow addressed challenges in HR, and PLASA Managing Director Peter Heath hosted panels on how to prepare for Brexit and how to manage mental health and wellbeing.

Many of the industry’s leading brands presented their new productions. Covering lighting, Chauvet showcased the Maverick Silens 2 Profile, Signify explained disinfection with UV-C light, Elation showcased the Artiste, Fuze and Proteus, ETC presented their Tools for Evolving Trade, and Martin showcased the new MAC Aura PXL. Covering audio, DiGiCo explained how they utilise Dante and Sennheiser unpacked their latest microphone family. For rigging and production, BroadWeigh revealed how their load monitoring products have been used in major shows and Vectorworks demonstrated their Spotlight software. Additionally, Highlite and Adam Hall group presented an array of lighting and audio products from their portfolio.

PLASA’s Head of Events Sophie Atkinson comments: “We’re delighted that our very first PLASA Online was a success and that we were able to provide content to support you and your business during this time. We hope that you found value in the sessions and we welcome any feedback that you may have. The full programme will stay online for the next few weeks so if you missed any of the sessions we invite you to catch up ‘on demand’ via our website.”

Peter Heath adds: “PLASA is uniquely positioned to see the devastating impact of Covid-19 upon the events industry, and we knew that the industry needed both guidance and inspiration to navigate the crisis. With this in mind, we gathered some of the smartest minds from within the industry as well as business leaders to create a free programme, specific to what our industry most needs now. With Winter looming and an increase in lockdowns, we are already planning more content in the near future. We look forward to sharing more information with you soon.”

The full PLASA Online programme is available to view until Monday 16 November. Find out more at www.plasashow.com/PLASA-Online

White Light and strategic partners ELP and SFL in perfect harmony for BBC Proms 2020 at the Royal Albert Hall

October 22nd, 2020 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Photo courtesy of Ollie Jeffery, RAH and Darren Fletcher of ELP.

Like many iconic events, the BBC Proms, which turned 125 years old in 2020, has had to undergo a significant re-conception in format due to COVID-19. Once again returning to its home at the Royal Albert Hall, the extraordinary season this year combined live performances with archive footage of past festivals. However, for the first time, no guests were in physical attendance for the live shows and instead the audience tuned in via TV or radio from their homes. Technical solutions specialist White Light (WL), with strategic partners ELP and SFL, supplied the lighting and video elements for the Proms 2020 Live run.

While planning commenced prior to the pandemic, the creative and technical teams, led by Production Manager – Steve Nolan, began collaborating virtually during lockdown to find a solution. A range of options were explored, enabling the festival to go ahead in accordance with guidelines, resulting in a reduced two-week live performance season and archive content completing the programme.

Darren Fletcher, Sales Director at ELP says: “Without a live audience in the Royal Albert Hall, we had to think more creatively about the aesthetics that could be achieved through lighting to enhance the camera shots. We worked closely with Lighting Director – David Bishop and Gaffer – Mark Gardiner, who suggested using LED Pars to light from the audience side, which worked well and highlighted the venue’s stunning architecture. Over the last few years of this event, we have increasingly been specifying LED units over tungsten, and this year the addition of the Martin Encore Performance CLD was highly effective.”

SFL supplied over 150 panels of Desay M6 LED screen for the stage backdrop for the season and the large screens for Last Night of The Proms   All processing was carried out using a Barco E2, while Green Hippo Hippotizer v4 media servers fed the content onto the backdrop LED screen.

Craig Lawrence, Video & Projects Director at SFL adds: “It’s always a pleasure working with the BBC Proms team, this year we had to create an environment for a broadcast audience rather than a live audience in the hall. As AV Partner at the Royal Albert Hall we were especially pleased this year to have the opportunity to work with our new strategic partners at WL to deliver such a high-profile solution.”

Ollie Jeffery, Head of Production and Technical at the Royal Albert Hall comments: “This historic BBC Proms was our largest event since the front doors closed at the start of lockdown in March. The amazing team of suppliers, including WL, ELP and SFL, all worked so hard to keep everyone safe and ensure the building was COVID secure. With our livelihood currently at risk, it was a joy to feel the buzz around the building and see such determination to show the world that music is still alive.”

Lux Awards 2020: Shortlist announced

October 21st, 2020 | Latest News | 0 Comments

The Shortlist for the 2020 Lux Awards has been announced and this year the list features a whole host of innovative projects and inventive new technologies.

A team of expert judges – consisting of experienced lighting professionals, designers and end users of lighting – have considered the entries and whittled down the list to just those schemes that they believe have a shot at winning a coveted Lux Award trophy.

See the winners revealed at the Lux Awards 2020 digital ceremony which closes the LuxLive Digital Festival of Lighting at 4pm on Thursday 12 November.

LUX AWARDS 2020 SHORTLIST iN FULL

Retail Lighting Project of the Year

Harrods Men’s Shoes Department, London – Lighting Design International

Icon Outlet at the O2, London – Hoare Lea

Lush, Liverpool – Michael Grubb Studio

Marks & Spencer, Nationwide – Signify

 

Industrial and Transport Lighting Project of the Year

Gloucester Green Car Park, Oxford – Oxford City Council

Paddington Station, Elizabeth Line, London – WSP

 

Hospitality, Leisure and Faith Lighting Project of the Year

Church of St Faith, Overbury, Worcestershire – dpa lighting consultants

St Matthias Church, London – CES Lighting & Electrical Specialists

The Standard Hotel, London – Isometrix Lighting + Design

Royal Opera House, London – StudioFractal

 

Office, Education and Healthcare Lighting Project of the Year

Barings Bank, London – Hoare Lea

Heanor Park Care Home, Derbyshire – amBX

Teaching and Learning Building, University of Birmingham – BDP

West Downs Campus, University of Winchester – Michael Grubb Studio

 

Outdoor Lighting Project of the Year

The Iron Bridge, Shropshire – LPA Lighting

Quadrant Arcade, London – AECOM

Royal Liver Building, Liverpool – Arup

Sayer Street and The Meadow, London – Michael Grubb Studio

 

Interior Luminaire of the Year

Air-Lume – Trinity Lighting

Blade R – iGuzzini

Prismpack – Holophane Europe

 

Exterior Luminaire of the Year

Link2Home camera floodlight – Link2Home UK

Stealth with SAM – Acrospire Products

Xeon – Eclatec

 

Emergency Lighting Product of the Year
in association with RP-Technik

Alya – Fox Lux

Dimming Halo Emergency – Liteplan Emergency Lighting

Integrated Sensor and Emergency Light – Simmtronic

Safecility wireless emergency lighting control – Safecility

 

Connected Lighting Innovation of the Year

Biolux HCL – Ledvance

Lys Button and Light Diet – Lys

Trulifi – Signify

 

Enabling Technology of the Year

Ilona-Zoom – LEDil

LH281H – Samsung Electronics

Vesta Thrive – Bridgelux

 

Controls Product of the Year

ActiveAhead Generation 2 – Helvar

Comlight Zhaga Radar Sensor – Smart City Products

Gesture contactless light switch – Verde LED

 

Supplier of the Year

Hacel Lighting

Skinflint

Thorlux Lighting

Client of the Year

To be announced during the ceremony

Young Lighter of the Year

In association with the Society of Light and Lighting

Shortlist to be announced

Lux Person of the Year

To be announced during the ceremony

Madrid’s Teatro Real relies on GSUV ultraviolet light to disinfect its spaces

October 21st, 2020 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Teatro Real, an emblematic theatre in Spain, incorporates GoldenSea UV Ultraviolet-C disinfection products, supported by Madrid-based Stonex, to guarantee the well-being and health of its artists, workers, and spectators. 

From the moment it reopened its doors, the Teatro Real has adopted all the mandatory and recommended health measures specified by the Community of Madrid: limited audience capacity, the use of hydroalcoholic gel for cleaning hands, and the mandatory use of masks during the entire performance is the new way to enjoy culture in Spain.

In addition, the theatre has taken the initiative to reinforce its disinfection protocols with ultraviolet-C light technology, applying it across many areas within the theatre as an extra stage in safeguarding the well-being of artists, workers, and spectators.

The Teatro Real Project collaborated with Stonex which advised on the best ways to disinfect the different areas within the theatre. The solution incorporates 4 GoldenSea UV UVL150 units within the stage and auditorium areas, and 2 of the mobile GSUV UVM216 unit for backstage and rehearsal rooms.

The UVL150 device has a versatile design that is perfect for fixed installations, but equally at home for mobile use when supported on a flat surface. It delivers a high rate of disinfection, reaching 160 m² in just 120 minutes. The UVM216 model is ideal for use in spaces from 60 m² to 240 m². Its dimensions are slightly taller than that of the UVL150 and it is supported on wheels which facilitate its easy movement from one area to another.

All GSUV products have been designed with built-in security measures that guarantee compliance with the UNE 0068 specification and safe handling: delayed start to allow the evacuation of the area to be disinfected; remote control; motion sensor that switches off the device when it detects movement of a person or animal; drop sensor (in mobile units); red or green indicator lights, as well as an audio warning signal.

Stonex worked closely with Teatro Real in supporting and supplying the UVC equipment for this project from its partner Goldensea UV, a world leader in professional lighting production. Goldensea UVC devices are developed from high-quality quartz glass tubes that allow full transmission of ultraviolet light in the spaces to be disinfected. It is an ozone-free technology that leaves no residues.

Faced with the challenge of preventing the spread of Covid-19, UV-C light is the effective, safe, and tested option. Endorsed by scientific research, UVC disinfection products do not present any health risk as long as they are used in accordance with the manufacturer´s instructions and as a complementary measure to traditional cleaning.

STONEX

Stonex integrates professional lighting and control solutions. With 40 years of experience in the professional lighting sector, more than 500 projects and the trust of more than 1500 clients, Stonex guarantees professionalism from a team that remains in constant training and development. Its know-how in the demanding world of professional lighting has allowed it to develop in transversal lines such as UVC lighting, emergency lighting, and stage mechanics. 

GOLDENSEA UV

GOLDENSEA UV is manufactured by industry leading, hi-tech lighting design and manufacturer Golden Sea Professional. Its large team of experts ensures quality, safety and performance are of the highest level. All GOLDENSEA UV’s products are CE, ETL and FCC compliant and listed.

www.goldenseauv.eu

LightingEurope calls for renovation to always include an upgrade of lighting installations

October 21st, 2020 | Latest News | 0 Comments

LightingEurope strongly supports the call in the EU Renovation Wave Initiative published today to scale up renovation rates across the European Union. This will not only guide the uptake of innovative lighting technologies and future investment but will also be key to helping Europe’s lighting industry – 80% of which are SMEs – to recover from the economic impact of the current pandemic.

“We can only agree with Vice-President Timmermans that we need “everyone in Europe to have a home they can light, heat, or cool without breaking the bank or breaking the planet”.  We regret that there is no clear reference to lighting in the main RW Communication published today by the Commission, in light of the benefits lighting can deliver not only in terms of energy savings but also in creating safe and quality indoor environments,” stated Ourania Georgoutsakou, Secretary General of LightingEurope.

Europe’s lighting industry already has the innovative and energy efficient technologies and ready to install:

  • Properly designed and well-coordinated lighting systems are one of the most cost-efficient ways to reduce energy consumption and CO2-emissions. The European Commission estimates that LED based lighting systems could save the EU up to 48-46 TWh of electricity annually by 2050.
  • Better lighting is also one of the major factors impacting people’s wellbeing indoors – for example, students in a classroom with bright white lights score 14% higher than students working in a poorly lit one.
  • UV-C is an established technology for disinfection that must be part of the design of safe healthy indoor spaces. UV-C disinfection technology has been proven to inactivate, without exception, all bacteria and viruses against which it has been tested and is broadly used today to disinfect water, air, and surfaces in industrial, commercial, medical, public and residential environments.

There cannot and should not be any renovation of buildings in Europe without upgrading the lighting installations. To grasp the full benefits of better lighting as part of the EU Renovation Wave, we recommend in particular:

  • The use of LED lighting, in combination with controls and sensors;
  • A full renovation of luminaires that include controls and sensors, with a minimum Smart Readiness Indicator (SRI) level. The SRI should also be applied across Europe to maximize its potential for energy savings and a better indoor environment;
  • The design of safe indoor spaces that includes the installation of UV-C disinfection technologies, as a means not only to address the current COVID-19 pandemic but also more generally and in the longer term to help ensure healthy indoor environments;
  • The introduction of mandatory minimum requirements on Indoor Environment Quality (IEQ);
  • Access to public financing should be subject to the fulfilment of certain conditions. An obligation to include lighting renovation to obtain full subsidy should be introduced.

For more details, read their position paper.

Louis Vuitton Foundation Gets Quiet Contribution From Prodster and Maverick Silens 2 Profile

October 20th, 2020 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Above: Photo credit Getty Images.

Silence is often elicited by the sight of the Louis Vuitton Foundation building, Frank Gehry’s stunning architectural gem. Soaring skyward like the giant sails of a great ship, its 3,600 curved panels delicately balancing form and function with infinite precision, the distinctive structure inspires a quiet, cathedral-like reverence through the sheer power of its design.

Inside the expansive auditorium section of Louis Vuitton Foundation, silence is not only a natural response to the room’s beauty, it is also quiet desirable – enriching the experience of hearing performances by internationally renowned artists like Yuja Wang, and Vladimir Spivakov that take place within its walls.

It was with this desire for utter quietness in mind that Prodster recently installed 14 CHAUVET Professional Maverick Silens 2 Profile fixtures inside this performance space. The 560W fanless fixture operates in complete silence, making it well-suited for this intimate venue, according to Bruno Madec, Technical Director of Prodster.

“We manage several cultural and institutional venues in Paris, including Louis Vuitton Foundation,“ said Madec. “For several years we have been wanting a silent LED spotlight projector of a reasonable size and weight. Considering the shows we host, including classical, dance and jazz performances, we want to create an environment that is as silent as possible.“

Delivered to Louis Vuitton Foundation in June, the Maverick units are arranged on three different front stage positions. From here they can cover the entire stage, in addition to highlighting the architectural features of the room during a vernissage or cocktail party.

“Beyond their silent operation, the Maverick projectors have the qualities we wanted,“ said Madec. “The Chauvet engineers added 16-bit graduation with tungsten emulation, a perfect color spread, and a 10:1 linear zoom, which make the units very versatile for us. It is important for us to be able to reformat our stage in two hours, because of the variety of functions and shows that take place in this room.

“The programming here is very rich and eclectic,” continued Madec.  “This requires having a particularly flexible and adaptable lighting system to go from a piano recital, to a jazz scene, to a reception, for example. Therefore, it is very desirable for us to have motorized moving heads that allow us to make adjustments, while also providing very fast and very sharp lighting.”

On 23 September, the Maverick Silens MK2 Profile created this “fast and sharp lighting” inside the Louis Vuitton Foundation, as the renowned venue reopened its doors for the first time since the COVID-19 lockdown went into effect. People who return to the auditorium for its socially distant shows this fall will see the effects of the new Maverick, but they will not hear it, as it works away in silence to contribute to each show. This is exactly what Bruno Madec and Prodster had in mind.

New 2021 dates confirmed for Light Middle East

October 19th, 2020 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Three-day lighting design and technology exhibition to take place from 28-30 September 2021 at Dubai World Trade Centre  

Dubai, UAE: Light Middle East, the region’s premier exhibition and conference for lighting, design and technology, has been rescheduled to September 2021, organiser Messe Frankfurt Middle East (MFME) announced.

The three-day event was initially set to run in January 2021, but will now take place from 28-30 September 2021 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, where it will co-locate with two other MFME-organised shows: SPS Automation Middle East, a platform for innovative industrial automation solutions; and Middle East Cleaning Technology Week, the region’s foremost commercial cleaning and hygiene exhibition.

Dishan Isaac, Senior Show Manager for Light Middle East, said the move is widely supported after careful consideration and consultation with industry stakeholders, including exhibitors, trade professionals, and supporting associations.

“Moving Light Middle East to September 2021 is in the best interest of our valued customers, and the co-location with SPS Automation Middle East and Middle East Cleaning Technology Week offers a level of synergy around the built environment,” said Isaac.

“In its 15th edition, Light Middle East 2021 will solidify its position as the region’s number one networking and sourcing platform for the entire scope of architectural, decorative, technical, industrial, indoor and outdoor lighting solutions.

“The platform will be packaged with the return of the THINKLIGHT Forum, offering insights and reflection on the evolution of our industry, particularly in light of the pandemic we’re now navigating.”

THINKLIGHT and IB Tech Forum Webinar series continues

Mr Isaac said Light Middle East’s popular THINKLIGHT webinar series will continue, while a new track will be launched under the theme of intelligent buildings: ‘IB Tech.’

“The adoption of smart building technologies has been accelerated in the current environment, and we have an important role to play in facilitating discussions and sharing industry best practice,” added Isaac.

“Intelligent systems can now help with everything from enforcing social distancing and enhancing air quality in addition to regular areas such as improving energy efficiency in HVAC.”

After a dip in value in 2020, the Middle East architectural lighting market will continue on an upward trajectory, with analysts 6WResearch forecasting the market to be worth US$4.3 billion in 2026, growing six percent annually from an sestimated US$3.1 billion in 2021.

The growth, according to 6WResearch, will be fuelled by a growing urban landscape and smart city government initiatives, along with a regular flow of infrastructure development projects.

That will be welcome news for the 300-plus expected exhibitors and 6,000 visitors at Light Middle East 2021, which will open just a few days ahead of the Expo 2020 Dubai, which takes place from 1st October 2021 through to 31 March 2022.

“Held under the theme Connecting Minds, Creating the Future, Expo 2020 Dubai is expected to attract more than 25 million visitors, with 70 percent coming from outside of the UAE,” said Isaac.

“Once Light Middle East concludes, international exhibitors and visitors can take advantage of their time in Dubai and explore the myriad country pavilions and unique features of this six-month long mega event.”

The 14th edition of Light Middle East in 2019 featured more than 300 exhibitors from 32 countries hosting 6,343 trade visitors coming from 83 countries.  More information is available at: www.lightme.net

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