I wanted to share my top takeaways from this year’s Lightfair. There were some incremental changes I saw at this year’s show and few technological changes that grabbed my attention. The show was grand as it always is with the ability to pull together all the different parts of the lighting and now controls supply chain. It was a treat talking to engineers, lighting designers, scientists, manufacturers, marketing personnel, government and utility representatives and numerous other players within the industry. Below is what I found interesting while at the show last week:
· Smart outdoor lighting has been taking off and this was apparent by seeing so many first-time exhibitors at Lightfair especially at the outdoor lighting pavilion. The use of cellular technology in smart outdoor lighting seemed interesting and we hope to capture the size of this technology in our next report
· There were some strategic partnerships announced at the show that implied that many companies were going to focus on the data being captured from control/smart nodes. Companies are looking to provide intelligence to retails and other businesses to make business processes and operations more effective. Since these efforts are still fairly new it would be interesting to see if these claimed benefits of data gathered from smart nodes can be quantified and implemented for better business practice.
· Lighting as a Service seemed to be an area being explored by a number of companies with some even considering partnerships with building management firms.
· There was a lot of focus on human centric and agricultural lighting this year. There still seemed to be lack of uniformity in definition of what these types of lighting means to various lighting manufacturers. Since the topic of human centric and agricultural lighting are still at their nascent stages, the industry may initially struggle to show proof of product/concept.