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March 22, 2018

Light + Building 2018 – smart connected lighting takes off

As we do every two years, we jumped on a plane and visited Frankfurt for the biggest and best lighting fair of them all – to check out innovations, see what’s currently on-trend, and catch up with our friends in the lighting world, both old and new.

The meaning of light

Philips Lighting made a major statement at this year’s L+B – by rebranding as Signify and launching its Interact smart connected lighting IoT platform and software applications offerings of Interact City, Landmark, Office, Retail, Industry, and Sports. It’s an exciting time for the industry leader as they change their business model to bring the power of IoT and data insights gained through smart connected lighting to a global audience.

How many likes did The Bay Bridge get?

On the Signify stand, Point 6 was involved in the creation of Interact materials, including the design of a live data dashboard, that shows the value of global Interact projects in real-time and an Interact Landmark case story showreel, featuring connected lighting projects from around the world.

Imagine your connected garden…

Technology helped us visualise what might be possible in the new Philips Lighting connected outdoor lighting range. It looks like Hue’s millions of colours are now heading outside, which can only be good, as barbecue season is just around the corner!

Osram loves LED

Good to see what other major players are up to. Over in the orange zone (whatever else Osram may do, they do colour blocking), we also liked what they were saying on their walls, asking open questions about all our futures and what lighting might do to help. And they weren’t afraid to have some fun. Do you love LED enough to get an LED tattoo?

Zumtobel focus on the human

Their shop dummies concept looked a bit of a group of Sinead O’Connors – as Zumtobel attempted to create some stand-out in a sea of products by reminding us that lighting is ultimately all about people.

We love Hall 1 – decorative lighting.

When we’ve finally had enough of all the smart stuff, we always head here just to be wowed. Amongst all the cool design and beautifully tactile materials, Karman’s gnomes stood out and got our attention.

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