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Asia’s Leading Trade Show for the Lighting Industry opens June 9

The Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition (GILE) is set to celebrate another year as one of Asia’s leading trade platforms for the lighting and LED industry, welcoming more than 2,600 exhibitors. Held June 9-12, the fair continues to be seen as one of the industry’s most vital platforms for information exchange, education, and business transactions. Its continued success is demonstrated through the fair’s growing attendance and exhibition space within the China Import and Export Fair Complex. 

Commenting on the show’s, Lucia Wong, Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd, says: “On a global level, the lighting industry seems to have overcome the more challenging aspects of the last few years and now appears ready to embrace new openings and prospects in the market. The exceptional uptake for the show indicates the lighting community values GILE as the most effective event in Asia to find the products and solutions it is seeking.”

To echo with the show theme “THINKLIGHT: Embracing Change,” GILE has invited industry elites from influential organizations and leading companies to share their thoughts about ongoing changes in the lighting world. The Brand Name Halls will showcase the largest booths in lighting production, technology, and applications from the world’s most distinguished brands.

“For the overall lighting market, the most significant change is lighting that incorporates AI technology,” says Kai Ren, Developer Relation Manager, Bluetooth SIG. “For lighting players, the most important thing is to find good connectivity solutions that allow devices to connect with AI-based smart speakers and cloud servers reliably.”

“With digital technologies, a whole new lighting era is possible. By using a wide range of sensors and cameras, designers and artists can get direct responses from materials, space or behaviour. Several light atmospheres can then be created within the same environment, revealing various parallel identities and numerous storylines,” says Alexandre Lemieux, Creos Experts-Conseils inc.

“The theme of “THINKLIGHT: Embracing Changes” is relevant for lighting designers who are considering how recent and ongoing changes in technology will potentially change design, as well as architectural and lighting solutions for built spaces,” adds David Ghatan, IAD, CLD, IAD President.

Skip Ashton, VP Software, Silicon Labs says, “The industry is facing a fundamental conflict where the market is demanding low-cost and high-functionality products. Different ecosystems are demanding different connectivity options which each require investment and maintenance, increasing the cost for manufacturers.” 

“The lighting industry is now learning to develop new products and features at the same pace as other electronic products. Being able to adapt, learn, and develop at rapid speed is one of the key elements to staying ahead of the market and winning a significant share of the global LED market,” says Mickey Madsen, CEO, Nordic Power Converters.

“It is very important to connect the lighting industry to the smart city and smart infrastructure and embrace 5G networks,” says Yue Zhang, Assistant Professor, University of Leicester, UK.

Regarding future industry developments, Wong adds: “Lighting has radically changed infrastructure at the urban and national level twice before in history. First, with gas and then with electricity. The LED revolution is still a hot topic in the industry and we are now observing the global transition from LED lighting to connected lighting. Not only is it efficient, but it becoming ‘smart’ and allowing users to reap benefits beyond illumination – safer cities, more productive workplaces, and more comfortable living spaces. I see these solutions as being much more than just technology, they may actually contribute to the development of a sustainable economy.“

The Exhibition runs concurrently with Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology. Both are a part of Messe Frankfurt’s Light + Building Technology fairs worldwide, headed by the biennial Light + Building event.

Messe Frankfurt also offers a series of other light and building technology events worldwide, including the Shanghai International Lighting Fair, Thailand Lighting Fair, BIEL Light + Building in Argentina, Light Middle East in the United Arab Emirates, Interlight Moscow powered by Light + Building in Russia as well as Light India, the LED Expo New Delhi, and the LED Expo Mumbai in India.

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