The 10 best innovations at Light + Building

With over 2,500 exhibitors, it's easy to miss the really innovative lighting products at Light + Building. Which is why a team of expert journalists from Lux Review – ably assisted by wide network of expert spotters – scoured the halls all week in Frankfurt, searching for those stand-out ideas, new form factors and brilliant engineering to bring you our ultimate top ten innovations....



Supersystem II


The ultimate track-lighting family, with an astonishing array of beautifully-designed, miniaturised spots, wall washers and accessories, all with precision optics and top-end light quality. 






An illuminated void whose brutal beauty comes from its invisibility. Ghost comprises an LED light and a jig which are cast into wet concrete. When the concrete’s dry, the jig is removed. Ta dah!





The urban bulkhead as reimagined by acclaimed lighting designers Speirs + Major, Cells boasts a huge range of optics, coloured inserts and finishes. Its groovy looks will also earn it a place in interiors, we have no doubt. 






This industrial-style tubular system by Vincent Van Duysen is bang on trend. Spots, pendants and light tubes – which can be direct or indirect – are attached magnetically.




Smart Control


These motorised downlights and spots glide silently along their track to the command of your finger on a phone app. You can also orientate and focus. Commissioning has never been as much fun.






A precision downlight range of awesome scope and ambition. It includes a bewildering number of shapes and sizes, right down to a diameter of 17mm and all with beautiful dim-to-warm control. 




Tycho Pro


Designed by Michele De Lucchi, this ‘shaper’ spotlight is fitted with a slit, which accommodates a template precisely matching the object to be illuminated.






This downlight houses a concave cluster of 61 controllable LEDs, allowing the photometric distribution to customisable in real-time, including the ability to ‘swipe’ the beam using an app. 






Conceived by top French lighting Roger Narboni, eXtimity is another new form factor: an outdoor modular framework which creates intimate ‘light spaces’ in urban environments. 




Nano+ Focus


Tiny track-mounted LED spots with a diameter of just 22mm. They’re rotatable and tiltable, but best of all, you can manually adjust the beam from 12 to 40 degrees.



  • Agree or disagree with our selection? Tell us what stood out for you in the comments section at the bottom of the page.


  • See innovations from Light+Building and more at next month’s LuxLive Middle East at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. Big-brand exhibitors include Erco, Fagerhult, Linea Light, Lumenpulse, Opple, Regent, Forma, Ruud, Schreder, Coelux, Soraa, Tridonic, Trilux and many more. It takes place on Wednesday 13 April and Thursday 14 April 2016 and entry is free if you pre-register at




Comments 6

In Targetti Boot Hall 3.1 D60 you could see Zeno track fixtures equipped with electronic LCD lenses. Beam can be shaped from 12° to 55°.... obviously IOT controlled. There are also fixtures that use Soraa Laser LED laser sources

I went through the SLED range from Castaldi Lighting , it a modular IP67 array that forms the base of a fixture and has about 9 different optics. It opens the world to variety of combinations limited only by our imagination.

I would add the fixture form Modular: and The range from "newcommer at L+B" Osvaldo Matos as they have delivered some great low glare high output fixtures, with well above 100lm/W. Some of the designs are concepts developped together with Bartenbach: I was very impressed with the "inVision", "Uw" and the "One". 3 great fixtures with one company!

Probably you didn't notice probably the biggest innovation in the tradeshow: the P.O.I. (Permanent Outdoor Installation) line of SGM, the only manufacturers offering professional IP65 LED moving heads (and wall-washers, flood lights, downlights...) for permanent installations controlled, addressed and monitored in the cloud through internet and wireless operated. You can get more info about them in here:

Surprisingly there is no lamp on this list. Is it an official announcement from the industry to tell that innovation will continue into luminaire's field but stop into lamp's field? So what about the customers? What about the existing fixtures at home? Could be interesting not to ignore the users... @LightingnLife

Hi, I find a most important Product have been forgotten: Purelite from Regent: Linearline 35mm height. It is unique.

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