Fuelled by bratwurst and Mövenpick ice cream, Team Lux scoured Frankfurt’s humungous Messe to bring you the outstanding kit from the global showcase of all things illumination that is Light + Building 2018. Hell, we even trekked to Hall 11 and survived to tell the tale…
A new concept developed with the clever people at Bartenbach, Unico is a powerful downlight with up to nine individually controllable 38mm x 38mm inserts. Each can have its own very different photometrics and colour temperatures, making it many luminaries in one.
A family of C-shaped luminaires with awesome attention to detail, beautiful finishes, top quality light, gesture control for dimming and colour-temperature tuning and, oh yes, a super smooth height adjustment you could play with all day. We want one. Now.
5. True Presence
This detector recognises the micro movements of people in a space, such as breathing. A microprocessor compares data collected by the microwave antenna to reference data to make '100 per cent accurate' detections. A game-changer for PIRs.
Bluetooth is steamrolling its way to the top of the wireless protocols in the industry and Xicato’s elegant GalaXi platform makes the most of it to create a wireless control kit which, with Bluetooth Mesh, is fully scalable to include thousands of luminaires.
9. HCL Control
LEDVance has come a long way since it was hived off from Osram in 2016 as a lamp company. And now look! It’s even into human centric lighting with an intuitive system, which includes this beautiful rotary controller.
The clue’s in the title. By using a violet chip instead of a blue one, Seoul Semi has delivered an LED that it’s claiming is the closest to the sun on the market and objects illuminated by it appear as they do under sunlight.
13. Arcane light engine
Eulum has packaged two of the hottest technologies at Light + Building – the LensVector beam shaping lens and the Casambi Bluetooth interface – into one elegant unit. Perfect for OEMs who want to tick all the right boxes and get to market fast.
Nichia has opened up access to the very best of LED colour performance. Up to now, this has been the province of the LED aristocracy; with Nichia it becomes a standard product for whoever wants to invest in it.
17. ID handrail
An LED handrail system that includes a really useful unit which clips onto tubular steel rails and banisters to provide light on walkways and stairwells. The ID lighting system can also be built-in flush and without visible screws.
Coelux’s artificial skylights have been a sensation in recent years. Using nano technology, the company has recreated Rayleigh Scattering, which makes the sky blue and married it with a sun-like LED. At Light + Building it unveiled an amazing moonlight version.
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- Some of the technology in our Top 20 list will be explored in more detail at LuxLive 2018, Europe's largest annual lighting event taking place on 14th & 15th November at the ExCeL London. Featuring eight conference tracks and over 100 expert industry speakers. Entry is FREE – simply register to attend HERE