LuxLive 2018 to reveal disruptors in the lighting industry

Disruption is the buzzword of today. Many new ideas have come from disrupting different industries, with many well-known brands offering a service as a third party, enabling them not to own the products they offer. This can send established players into a tailspin.

Likewise, the lighting industry, already convulsed by the tiny LED, is being assaulted by a new generation of players who don’t play by the rules.

LuxLive 2018, the free-to-attend conference and exhibition held in London, unveils where lighting technologies are heading in a two day event packed with state-of-the-art product demonstrations and case study presentations expected to raise the bar for the whole of the construction industry.

Stirling Prize winner amongst keynote speakers

Michael Jones, the senior partner who lead the architectural team at Foster + Partners, will reveal how Bloomberg’s European headquarters achieved an unprecedented 98.5 per cent ‘outstanding’ rating against the latest Breeam sustainability standard, the highest design-stage score of any major office development.

A remarkable bespoke ceiling combines cooling, lighting and acoustic functions in one single 100mm deep plane. It’s created from over two million three-dimensional, formed-metal petals that house over 500,000 LEDs where the petals intersect. Michael is one of the keynote speakers of day 1, Wednesday 14 November, of the free to attend conference.

ABOVE: Image credit: Courtesy of WeWork/Mark Cocksedge

Disruption in the workplace

WeWork has disrupted the office rental market with its cutting edge interiors and cool lighting.

Head of lighting Star Davis takes the stage at LuxLive to discuss how the company’s unique blend of design, technology and lighting is creating environments which engage and retain talented employees.

She’ll share WeWork’s insights into humanising the workplace and motivating and exciting entrepreneurs, small businesses and Fortune 500 corporations with inspiring interiors that drive creativity, focus and connection.

Lighting is ubiquitous

New for 2018, the Property Technology Live conference explores how digital platforms, including IoT, is creating enhanced environments and delivering data for actionable insights for building managers through presentations from CBRE, JLL, British Land and more.

LiFi is one of the technologies expected to transform the workplace in the near future. Professor Harald Haas, dubbed the so-called ‘godfather of Li-Fi’ will explain how the transmission of data by visible light from LED lighting can turn lights into Internet access

points and free up congested bandwidth. His presentation will draw an exciting picture in which lighting and digital services can merge to create responsive workplaces.

Content for all applications

Overall, LuxLive features eight conference tracks taking place in no fewer than six arenas and theatres, covering all aspects of the science and art of lighting:

* Emergency lighting

* Lighting for Workplace and Wellbeing

* Lighting for Retail and Hospitality

* Lighting for Museums and Galleries

* Lighting for Transport and Infrastructure

* Safer Cities

* Lighting Industry Association Lighting Academy

Luminaire designers and lighting designers will find a dedicated conference track and exhibition in lightspace london, co-located with LuxLive and also free to attend.

Five examples of innovation

Innovation in lighting technology will be on display in the exhibition floor, featuring nearly 200 suppliers from all over the world. Five product demonstrations not to be missed include:

The LS, or Long Sky, is the latest artificial skylight from pioneer Coelux, the first company to technically replicate the scattering of a blue sky. The LS Matte is able to ‘reproduce’ the sun and its bright infinite blue sky. The light is reflected on the matte white frame, creating a 45-degree sliver of uncannily natural-looking light.

SunLike by Seoul Semiconductors: the clue’s in the title. By using a violet chip instead of a blue one, Seoul Semiconductor has delivered a ground-breaking LED light source whose spectral output it’s claiming is the closest to the sun on the market and objects illuminated by it appear as they do under sunlight. See it for yourself on the exhibition.

Easyfit Bluetooth switch by EnOcean: imagine a light switch you can literally stick on a wall with absolutely no wiring. And it doesn’t even need a battery. The Bluetooth wireless signal is powered by act of pushing the rocker switch, which generates enough energy to send a signal to any Bluetooth enabled luminaire or circuit.

Hikari SQ by Lightly Technologies: this ultra-thin light source delivers the slim form factor of OLED but with the performance of LED. Developed by Dublin-based tech start-up Lightly Technologies, the Hikari SQ is just 3.2mm thick, but delivers a light output of 300 lumens with a colour rendering index of 90 and an efficiency of 80 lm/W.

Dunbar by Astro: this wall light in on-trend concrete adds a raw authenticity to interiors. The Dunbar 160 combines a soft curve structure with the crisp linear edge of its light output, where deeply recessed LEDs provide glare-free illumination. The concrete – which includes weatherproofing additives – has unique and natural imperfections.

Unlimited networking opportunities

End users, buyers and specifiers from every sector are reserving their free ticket to attend. All visitors can take advantage of the late opening on Wednesday 14 November, until 9pm, and are invited to choose from a dozen hosted parties. Check out the new Town Square, an arena with banked seating, roads, trees, cycle lanes and even LIGMAN café bus.

LuxLive 2018 takes place on 14-15 November at ExCeL London. Free to attend, it features 200 exhibitors, 100 speakers and 8,000 visitors across the whole lighting supply chain.

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