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LED Professional Symposium Expo and Trends in Lighting Forum and Show 2019 Recap

October 20, 2019 by LED Professional Symposium + Expo

LED Professional Symposium + Expo and Trends in Lighting Forum and Show 2019 Recap.

In its 9th year the co-hosted LED professional Symposium +Expo (LpS), Trends in Lighting Forum &Show (TiL) and for the first time the Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI) Summit gathered in the unique setting of Bregenz, Austria. The three international conference and exhibition events were carefully curated to bring together a unique blend of award-winning industry talent including; architects, planners, lighting designers, scientists, and technologists.

The event brought focus to the continuing relevance of interdependent technologies, human centric design and more acutely, sustainability. The approach of combining distinct lighting fields by Luger Research; LpS 2019, TiL 2019 and DALI Summit 2019, succeeded in inciting conversations and knowledge sharing to facilitate the evolution of lighting in the complex global environment.

The combined three-day event presented delegates with the opportunity to interact with an extensive selection of prominent keynote speakers from the lighting design world, scientists, and technologists. The opera stage and theatre spaces were utilized for panel discussions, lectures and workshops crossing disciplines and sectors of industry. Another insightful aspect of the event was a lively press conference and CEO + Influencer panel allowing promulgation of news, industry opinion and key expectations and challenges for the coming years in the lighting industry.

Meanwhile, the exhibition hall was awash with startups and global industry giants simultaneously showcasing the latest developments in interoperability, sustainability, and digital technologies. Delegates could appreciate the complementary nature of final products, components, and modules, equipment and service providers. This included wireless technologies, driver manufacturers, Internet of Light controllers, luminaires, digital communication devices and 3D printers to name a few.

LpS/TiL/DALI 2019 highlighted notable key trends for the lighting sector. More recently, the generally accepted principles of Human Centric Lighting have growing influence and are increasingly important in design application. In order to generate optimized light, the spectral compositions are tuned to applications and visual requirements. Representing this domain of expertise was the newly formed Good Light Group whose central mission is to provide good light to the end user. Another key topic was the significance of light controls and user-friendly human interfaces as the consumer seek to be able to integrate additional functions such as color controls or light distributions. In this context, it can also be seen that lighting planners are increasingly confronted with the complexities of data handling.

Furthermore, digitalization in the field of data handling and cloud systems will become fundamental in the future. In the research domain, a trend towards micro-optics was discernible. The winner of the Best Scientific Paper dealt adeptly with this topic.

The discussions over the three days culminated in affirming the urgency for a holistic approach from the realms of architecture, end-users and technology providers in order to be able to further develop promising lighting solutions. The themes running through all these considerations and receiving intense discussions at Bregenz were sustainability, eco-design, and standardization. The issue of connectivity remains prevalent given the different forms of transmission such as LiFi, but also security issues, installation issues, and maintenance issues were hot topics.

Mark Ridler - Head of Lighting at BDP, an esteemed keynote speaker gave delegates an insight into his methodology behind the journey ´lighting an idea´, “to have a central idea that drives the brief and the concept, and for human concerns of all the people that interact and intersect with your project, to understand their needs and concerns and to marry those two together, that then can be used as a lodestone that takes you throughout the entire design journey.”

Representing the latest research in chronobiology Marijke Gordijn - CEO at Chrono @ Work “one of the major findings of the last year is that we have projections from the retina to several brain areas, not only to the biological clock, but there are direct effects of good light during the day on mood. If you have higher light intensities during the day you will be more alert and we also now know that this makes you sleep more deeply during the night thus improving the mood the next day.”

An expert in optical measurement Menno Schakel - Technical Marketing Engineer at Nichia Chemical Europe presented to delegates “a tunable wide 2 in 1 single LES package which we hope will give designers new tools for human-centric lighting luminaires enabling smaller, easier designs for the future.” On industry challenges for the future “as an industry, we have had LED innovations but is contained within the industry and this does not always translate well to the end consumer. The biggest challenge we face is to smooth this transition to the customer outside the lighting world.”

A key highlight relished by delegates is the unique approach to the awards ceremony which launches with a cruise from the Opera House on Lake Constance to neighboring Germany. Approximately 300 people hop off into a large contemporary restaurant curiously adorned with vintage sports cars to enjoy dinner and an awards presentation celebrating a variety of achievements.

The award categories cover numerous areas including; ground-breaking scientific research, recognition of startups, lighting solutions, designs, and innovative applications in celebration of the complete spectrum of light. To mark the 75th issue of LED professional Review 6 people also received recognition for their significant contribution and influence.


Winners 2019

LED professional Review 75th Anniversary Appreciation

  • J. Norman Bardsley
  • Prof. Mehmet Arik
  • Carlos Lee
  • Federico Galluzzi
  • Marco de Visser
  • Patrick Durand


LED professional Award 2019: Best Scientific Paper

Peter Schreiber, Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF

The LpS Awards are given to cutting edge technologies with the strongest impact on lighting, applications, and sustainability.


Best Lighting Technology: SSC – SunLike

Best Application Technology: GL Optic – GL RID one UV

Best Sustainability Technology: Nichia – "2-in-1" Tunable White LED with Single LES


The Trends in Lighting Awards celebrate the most outstanding creative, collaborative and innovative lighting applications across all industries and the implementation of cutting edge technologies.


Best Lighting Design Award: Glass Technology GmbH – LightGlass

Best Lighting Solution Award: Samsung Electronics - PixCell LED

Best Lighting Project Award: Lumitronix


Best Startup Certificate: Luximprint & Physionary

The 2020 objectives for LpS, TiL and DALI will be to continue to offer attendees the opportunity to explore the latest technologies and their application to lighting in a forum that encourages exploration of potential and value. It is apparent the event organizer Luger Research e.U. has a clear ambition to create an environment to inspire expert debate to shape the future of the lighting industry.


About LED Professional Symposium + Expo

LED Professional Symposium or LpS is the Europe's leading lighting technologies conference and exhibition.


- DESIGN, TESTING and PRODUCTION of lighting systems, controls and equipment.
- 1,600+ attendees from 40+ countries, 120+ speakers, 110+ exhibitors.
- Strategy/trends, design/engineering and application/solution days with up to 6 parallel conference tracks.
- Keynotes, lectures, forums, workshops, panel discussions, exhibition tours. Full paper conference book (700+ pages) of all lectures including presentations download.
- Academia & industry contributions in the fields of Human Centric Lighting, Indoor/Outdoor Lighting, Automotive Lighting, Display/Signage Lighting, Horticultural Lighting, Art/Museum Lighting and Medical Lighting.
- Main Topics: Industry & Technology Trends (Markets, Roadmaps, Innovations), Light Sources (LEDs, OLEDs, Lasers), Light Quality (Human Centric Lighting, Visual Perception), Smart/Connected Lighting & IoT - (Drivers, Controls, Sensors, Networks, Security), Components and Modules (Optics, Cooling
- Devices, Materials), System Quality & Qualification (Regulations, Standards, Testing), Methodologies (Engineering, Design), and Technologies in Applications.
- 1 Scientific Award, 3 LpS Awards, 3 TiL Awards, 1 Best Start-Up Certificate.