The Leading European Lighting Conference Forecasts Further Transformations
The sixth LED professional Symposium +Expo opened its
doors on September 20th, in Bregenz, Austria. About 1,500 lighting
professionals and over 100 exhibitors took part in Europe’s foremost lighting
conference and exhibition. Experts from academia and industry, including Prof.
Shuji Nakamura, Nobel Laureate in Physics 2014, discussed cutting edge findings
and explored new technologies and applied them to business models and use cases
in applications. The conversion of lighting, which started with LED and OLED
light sources, will continue with new technologies such as communication tools
and IoT. The LpS 2016 also showed that lighting will be transformed into
specific solutions for things such as Horticulture Lighting, Automotive
Lighting and Indoor and Outdoor Lighting. Smart Technologies for Lighting
Innovations, the motto of the LpS 2016, conveyed the key aspects for new
lighting solutions – building synergies between devices, algorithms and usages.
Lectures & Scientific Award Winner
The comprehensive symposium program with about 100 first-class lectures
attracted the global lighting community to take part in the conference and
visit the exhibition. While the speeches in earlier years were focused on light
sources, this year technologies like smart lighting, connectivity and Internet
of Things were added to the extended conference program. This reflects a trend
moving away from pure LED hardware and towards intelligent lighting. In the
field of SSL applications, current developments in Human Centric Lighting were
presented and discussed.
From all of the submitted publications the Advisory Board selected what it felt
were the six best scientific papers according to criteria such as novelty,
scientific exposition of the investigations and applicability of the outcomes. The
topics of the scientific papers ranged from new phosphor materials and driver
technologies over lifetime investigations to optics optimization and measurement.
The winner of the LED professional Scientific Award 2016 was Dr. Rubén D. Costa
from the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg for his investigation of
"Bio-Inspired White Hybrid Light-Emitting Diodes". This new color
conversion technology might open the door for LEDs that are not dependent on
rare earth based phosphors with limited availability. Munich Re, sponsor of the
Scientific Award 2016, handed over the €3,000 check to the winner.
Workshops and Forums
The eight interactive workshops and forums covered the subjects of Internet of
Things, Artificial Intelligence, Horticulture Lighting, Measurement Standards, Lighting
Design Requirements, Color Tunable Lighting, Alternative Light Sources, Risk
and Finance Management and Collaboration Strategies with Asia. In
summary it can be said that future lighting systems will need a holistic design approach that is based
on advanced technologies, covers global regulations and has adaptive and
flexible applications for users. The transformation from hardware to software based
lighting systems, using the latest digital technologies, can be seen as a
primary direction for future designs.
Alongside the LED professional Symposium was the world-class exhibition that
visitors have become used to in Bregenz. Exhibitors from all over the world
presented high tech products, equipment and services. The Expo showcased a
complete range of state-of-the art products from components to systems including
controls, subsystems and peripherals for luminaire producers and manufacturers
in the main user market segments. The LpS 2016 exhibitor list read like the who’s
who of the global LED industry: Nichia, Cree, Osram Opto Semiconductors,
Samsung and Seoul Semiconductor, came with their teams from the US, Asia and
Europe. Other global players like Arrow, Avnet Silica, BJB, EBV, Dow Corning,
DEKRA, Infineon, Instrument Systems, Konica Minolta, Kyocera, Merck, ST
Microsystems, Vossloh-Schwabe and Wacker Chemie to name just a few, showcased
their latest products and services to an international audience. Among the
myriad of products and services there was also a humanoid robot and an Audi R8
with laser headlights to see. Another highlight this year were the Start-Up
companies that exhibited and brought totally new and innovative ideas to the
Exciting product launches were presented in the exhibition and at the
international press conference. Auer Lighting introduced a new color-mixing
glass optic named “Shopwhite” which was designed for multi-color LED arrays.
Gigaherz-Optik launched the measuring system “TPI21-TH” for testing and binning
of back-end LEDs. The IA-1200 hot melt room-temperature vulcanization adhesive
by Dow Corning was formulated to achieve instant green strength. Ophir
Photonics pioneered with the “FluxGage” LED luminaire measurement system, which
is three times as small as an equivalent integrating sphere. An innovative
approach to directional lighting application provides the new Plessey OrionTM
PLWSC3000 series. Dow Corning’s MS-4002 moldable silicone retains high
transparency even in harsh environments. UL introduced a verification service
for lighting products with the opportunity to have an independent third-party
laboratory verify the validity of claims about the level of optical flicker.
“Synapse” developed by iLumTech is an innovative, intelligent and dynamic smart
city control and monitoring system. Last but not least Flip Chip Opto released
its first-in-class “Ares Series” UV-A spectrum flip chip COB.
World Record & Tiered Painting
In the field of
alternative light sources, the company InovisCoat GmbH presented the world’s
largest electroluminescence film at the LpS 2016 in Bregenz. A juror from
Guinness World Records was there to make sure the claims were valid and then
entered InovisCoat and LED professional in the
Guinness Book of World Records. The use of LED lighting in Art was presented by
the American artist, Clint Eccher, who exhibited his tiered paintings in
Bregenz. He showed how LED lighting is used to transform static paintings into
some of the most advanced paintings in the world. The dynamic, “living” pieces
transform their appearance with LED lighting.
Sponsors, Media Partners & Supporting Organizations
The LpS 2016 Event received great support from the following sponsors: UL, Auer
Lighting, Dow Corning, Munich Re, Osram, Topsil Global, Tridonic and Wago.
Further, media partners like LICHT, MondoArc, LEDinside and Photonik made it
possible that the LpS 2016 received global attention. Important lighting
organizations like the Global Lighting Association, LightingEurope, PIDA, EPIC,
ISA and many more, helped to bring the top lighting experts together in
The 7th LED professional Symposium +Expo is scheduled for September
26th to 28th, 2017 in Bregenz, Austria. The motto “Smart
Technologies for Lighting Innovations” will be looked into and current trends
in technologies and applications will be presented at the LpS 2017. Key
headlines like Re-thinking lighting in applications, lighting innovations that
drive new business models and Design meets Technology - Synergies between
applications & technologies, summarize the thematic focus of next year’s
event very clearly.
Call for Papers for the LpS 2017 will open by the end of October 2016.
Luger Research e.U.,
Institute for Innovation & Technology
Moosmahdstrasse 30, 6850 Dornbirn, Austria, Europe
P +43 5572 39 44 89