Light + Building, the world’s largest trade fair for lighting and building service technology, saw new records set in the number of visitors, the number of exhibitors, and the area occupied.
I attended the fair for three days along with my colleagues, Alice Tao and Mike Hornung. The fair took up 11 halls, with exhibitors spanning technical lighting and lamps, architectural lighting and design lighting, decorative lighting, components for lighting technology and accessories/LED, electrical engineering, and home and building automation.
The exhibition halls were generally busy all three days I attended, with every hall getting a fair share of foot traffic among them. Stand out halls included Hall 0, which was dedicated entirely to Philips Lighting, and Hall 2, which was split between Osram and Zumtobel, and their associated brands.
As in the past, the show featured a large contingent of German companies showing their wares, however, this proportion was smaller than previous years. 67 percent of exhibitors and 49 percent of visitors came from outside Germany, up from 63 percent and 47 percent in 2014, respectively.
This show report contains the top stories from the fair, and updates from the team and what caught our eye.