In less than 10 days, we’re heading out to Philadelphia for our industry’s largest trade show – Lightfair 2017 – and we have some pretty high expectations for the show this year.
The industry itself is experiencing a shake-up with collaborations, mergers and partnerships – from established veterans to start-ups and tech companies. Lighting is the tech space now more than ever. The demand for IoT integration and advancements in technology is helping drive this sea of change.
Here’s a peek at what we expect to see:
• IoT was the buzzword at the last show, where LFI even introduced its first-ever IoT Forum. But this year, it’s more than just buzz. We expect IoT to be more prevalent across the entire show floor in some way, shape or form.
• We will see some new players who were not part of the conversation last year show up with some significant technology advancements in a relatively short amount of time.
• For years we’ve known that lighting impacts health, but a lot of it has been concept, trial, testing and conjecture. With the advancements in LED technology, manufacturers are making our dreams of tunable lighting and controls, personalization and the impact of lighting on human health go from concept to reality.
We are especially excited to see what the Acuity Brands has in store for us this year! They have been pioneers in this revolution; we got a sneak peek last year in San Diego and there’s no doubt we will be seeing them take it to the next level this year in Philadelphia.
Across the board, technological advances in the industry are rapidly changing the landscape. There is still a lot to be done, but the theme now isn’t when these concepts will come to life. It’s how fast can we implement.