LuxLive arrives in the Middle East

Lighting professionals, specifiers and clients began arriving in Abu Dhabi today ahead of tomorrow’s official opening of the inaugural LuxLive Middle East exhibition and conference.

The ambitious lighting event – which first started in London in 2011 –  is officially opened tomorrow by His Excellency Eng. Suhail Mohamed Faraj Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy.

The event features a two-day programme of talks, presentations and live debates across two arenas. Also on show will be the latest lighting innovations from over 50 big-name brands, including iGuzzini, Erco, Trilux, Schreder, Lumenpulse, Fagerhult, Lutron, Leviton, Regent, Tridonic and Cree.

The highlight is a free-to-attend awards event on Thursday which celebrates and rewards excellence in lighting design.

Some 3,000 specifiers, contractors and clients from across the GCC are expected to descend on the state-of-the-art Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre tomorrow. ‘There’s a revolution happening in lighting right now,’  says organiser Ray Molony, one of a team of lighting professionals behind the show. ‘LEDs and smart controls are opening up lots of exciting possibilities to do things that we never thought possible. 

‘Today’s lighting equipment is unrecognisable compared to just a few years ago, so we’re really excited to bring this technology and great designs to the specification community in the region.’

Products on show include the famous Coelux artificial skylight which has been featured in the New York Times, the Daily Mail and Wired magazine. It mimics natural light to make you believe you’re under a bright sunny day and with nanotechnology, it even recreates the scattering that turns the sky blue.

Also on show is the world’s most efficient light fitting, the Veko industrial fitting, which has 180 luminaire lumens per watt and the multi award-winning iGuzzini Trick, a fixture that emits a bright blade of light in 360 degrees.

Globally recognised speakers at the event include lighting designers Sally Storey, Michael Grubb and Courtney Mark, Architect Ashutosh Jha of MSCEB will present on how to handle daylight to cut energy, create great space and achieve onerous building codes.