Light + Building 2018 Review

Light + Building 2018 Review

Revealing all  about this year’s show: products, trends & more…

Light + Building is the world's leading event for the sector – and impressive demonstration of this was given yet again by the latest edition of the fair in Frankfurt am Main from 18 to 23 March 2018. A staggering 220,000 visitor came to see a total of 2,714 exhibitors launch their latest products onto the world market; the Perspex® brand being one of them.

Intelligent acrylic for lighting

The Perspex® brand showcased its latest advancement in sheet illumination technology: Perspex® Light. The range consists of Perspex® Edge (acrylic Light Guide Panel), Perspex® Diffuse (acrylic diffuser sheet) and Perspex® Reflect (acrylic sheet reflector). All grades are optimised for use with LED’s in lighting panels to illuminate a room or area.

The product technologies for Perspex® Light were presented on demo stations via both edge-lit and back-lit light boxes, showcasing the Perspex® brand’s vast range of optimised grades in comparison to one another. Stand visitors were amazed at the vast difference displayed in brightness and colour correlation. Some of those visitors attempted to challenge the Perspex® brand team, asking them to perform live comparisons against their existing material of choice. The results were outstanding, proving time and time again that Perspex® Light products are an exceptional performance material for luminaires.

The Perspex® brand team welcomed an extensive range of prospecting companies onto the stand, including specifiers, designers, brands, fabricators and lighting panel manufacturers. Many of the visitors revealed varying levels of knowledge of the benefits of acrylic in lighting panels. Educating the audience was a key objective via the demonstration units, which presented a genuine assessment of our products - because “seeing really is believing”!

Contact us if you would like further information on the Perspex® Light products or request a sample.

The Show

Perspex® brand sent out a team of experts to scan the show, looking to discover the latest products, solutions and design trends on offer in the field of lighting, from technical to decorative light panels.

The lighting specific halls presented various product styles, materials and components; some well recognised and others which are considered new developments. A key visual feature was the array of strip lighting, extremely long and getting ever thinner. Some panels were flat, others curved, offering a modern twist to a typical light panel.

Many stands displayed beautifully engineered pendant and circular luminaires, with ‘oversized’ opal diffusers revealed in a variety of shapes, including donut-shaped ring lights and ‘cage’ enclosures. It was interesting to see how each panel was featured, some were single statement pieces, others arranged in a cluster, either hanging or freestanding, with illumination directed in all possible directions.

Overall, of the various types of lighting units exhibited, many have the potential to utilise specialist Perspex® Light acrylic sheet, offering unique advantages over other materials and enhancing LED performance in lighting units.

Head over to our Inspire me section to see what else inspired us at the show…

Photo credit: Messe Frankfurt GmbH - Pietro Sutera