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LightFair 2022 recap – EDN

LightFair 2022, held June 21-23 in Las Vegas, was one thing of a reboot after final yr’s present that passed off in New York Metropolis in the course of the pandemic. Attendance was roughly the identical as final yr (about 10,000) however exhibitor depend was barely decrease (327 exhibitors) with a number of vital customary contributors selecting to skip this yr (e.g., Acuity Manufacturers, Lutron).   

LightFair 2022 commerce present ground. (Picture courtesy of LightFair)

In step with the larger emphasis on IoT and associated applied sciences throughout the lighting business, there have been a number of exhibitors showcasing their IoT experience.  Nonetheless, not everybody accepts {that a} multi-faceted wi-fi controls implementation is mechanically the very best resolution for a given venture. A number of exhibitors showcased their extra stream-lined strategy to lighting controls with the rationale that the overriding motive for the restricted market penetration of lighting management techniques is system complexity and the price that comes with it. Different contributing elements are the safety and reliability, or slightly, the potential lack thereof, of wi-fi techniques, notably for services like hospitals, colleges, and correctional services. 

LightFair innovation awards coated a various collection of new choices together with merchandise to deal with the present pre-occupation with well being considerations in addition to the shift within the lighting business away from lighting merchandise per se and towards connectivity applied sciences.  For instance, McWong Worldwide’s lengthy vary Bluetooth Mesh fixture controller is focused towards out of doors lighting purposes for which the price of wiring might be prohibitive. The gadget consists of an antenna that achieves a spread of 900 toes, a lot larger than typical Bluetooth merchandise. A 0 to 10V dimming sign to the fixture driver is offered based mostly on instructions obtained by way of Bluetooth mesh from the community controller. 

Bluetooth mesh fixture controller with lengthy vary antenna from McWong Worldwide. (Picture courtesy of LightFair)

Keystone’s latest addition to its SmartLoop line is a controller module that merely screws into fixtures which can be geared up with a SmartPort receptacle. This product is to be used in purposes for which accessing the controller module to make changes is especially cumbersome, i.e., excessive bay installations. The module consists of an built-in daylight sensor and PIR movement detector. Controller settings are accessed utilizing a telephone app for scheduling.

Screw-in controller from Keystone. (Picture courtesy of Keystone)

In response to COVID considerations, Pure Lighting’s cylindrical downlight with an built-in higher air UVC chamber for germicidal therapy is designed to be used in areas the place giant numbers of individuals collect and aesthetics are a priority, comparable to theaters and auditoriums. The conceptual picture beneath exhibits the UVC disinfection perform going down on the high of the fixture, with downlighting emanating from the underside.

Cylindrical downlight with built-in higher air UVC chamber by Pure Lighting. (Picture courtesy of LightFair)

And as a final instance, a intelligent product within the class of specialty lighting, the Viso Labarazzi Temporal Gentle Artifact (TLA) generator supplies 26 preset flicker patterns and the power to create customized patterns. This gadget is meant to be used in testing different merchandise for TLA response in addition to for demonstration functions. 

TLA generator by Viso Labarazzi. (Picture courtesy of Viso Programs)

Conversations throughout the business about the way forward for LightFair, which boasted attendance of over 25,000 in its heyday, have centered on the viability of this sort of commerce present. What appears to be seen extra favorably in latest months is the regional present idea, which emphasizes smaller, cheaper venues and decrease journey prices. It’s possible that the pandemic has been a major issue on this potential realignment, definitely firms have had trigger prior to now couple of years to reexamine their total journey budgets.

And below the heading of “what goes round comes round,” at the very least 43 attendees got here down with COVID both throughout or after the present. Hopefully subsequent yr’s present, returning to New York Metropolis on Could 23-25, will happen with the pandemic firmly behind us.

Yoelit Hiebert has labored within the discipline of LED lighting for over 10 years and has expertise in each the manufacturing and end-user sides of the business.

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