Why Attending Lighting Exhibition?
Lighting fair is the best place to see the amazing growth of the lighting industry! You can quite literally see just about everything that’s related to today’s lighting market under one roof.Numerous lighting exhibitions take place every year in different parts of the world. Cities like Frankfurt,Dubai, Las Vegas, London,Philadelphia, Berlin, and Guangzhou host trade fairs that offer the latest in lighting technologies and solutions. For companies, Lighting show provide an excellent level of exposure where they can assess trends as well as competition. The demonstrations have also become more international to correspond with the growth of the global marketplace. Lighting exhibitions also expose various stakeholders of the market to new innovations including architects, engineers, property developers, and homeowners. Cutting-edge technologies are no longer a preserve of some markets as the global consumer demands dynamic solutions to their ever-changing problems. The top light exhibitions include:
1. CES in Las Vegas (Jan 2021) - Best Smart Lighting & Technology Exhibition
CES (Consumer Technology Show) advertises itself as the place to be for all those interested in consumer technologies. It is a launching pad for next-generation innovation to be unveiled to the world’s marketplace. The next exhibition is slated for January 6-9, 2021 in Las Vegas.
CES 2021 is expecting more than 175,000 attendees. Make the most of your CES experience by learning more about the services provided. From tech powerhouses to innovative startups, companies big and small from all industries come to CES to introduce the latest innovation to the global market. CES draws industry leaders from the entire tech ecosystem including Fortune 500 executives, manufacturers, retailers, corporate buyers, content producers, entertainment executives, venture capitalists, engineers, government officials, installers, advertising and marketing executives, financial analysts and the media from every corner of the globe.
CES has a huge focus on smart cities with a dedicated zone showcasing how fifth-generation wireless technology will enable billions of objects like cars, homes and refrigerators to connect to the internet. With networked LED lighting poised to play a major role in the Internet of Things (IoT), CES offers intriguing possibilities for the lighting industry to present intelligent and interconnected solutions. Connected devices are a significant trend at CES. Like other smart home products, smart lighting products allow consumers to transform their everyday home lighting into extraordinary experiences. Smart light infrastructure is the backbone of the IoT in smart cities, the Smart Cities Marketplace at CES provides a unique platform for lighting manufacturers to engage with the entire ecosystem of IoT in a truly interactive, eye-catching environment.
2. Light + Building (Sep 2020) - Top Architectural Lighting Expo in Frankfurt
Light+Building is the world's leading industry fair for lighting, design and intelligent building services technology and the market and meeting place for all international industry leaders. The fair is distinguished by the combination of lighting and building-services technology - with an extensive array of products unrivalled in terms of depth and breadth. Light+Building covers practically the entire market for technical lighting, lamps, decorative lights and accessories. The industry will be showing intelligent solutions, future-oriented technology and the latest design trends on 248,500 square metres of exhibition space in 22 halls. only at the world's largest lighting exhibition will you meet more than 220,000 trade visitors from all over the world with the necessary decision-making competence. The trade fair, which runs from Sep 27 to Oct 02 2020, is a fixed date in the diaries of global manufacturers and trade visitors.
The fair will present a complete spectrum of lighting products. Advances in LED technology have contributed to the development of LEDs with a satisfactorily high light output, which makes them an appealing alternative to incandescent or fluorescent lamps. LED lighting fixtures have been utilized ubiquitously in residences, offices, institutional, commercial, industrial, and a host of other environments, as energy-efficient alternatives to fluorescent, incandescent and other types of lighting fixtures which use less efficient light sources. The range of LED lights comprises everything from designer and home LED fixtures in styles from modern to classical to all kinds of lamps, architectural, industrial and commercial LED luminaires for a wide range of applications, such as LED high bay lights, LED flood lights, LED street lights, LED panel lights, LED downlights, area lighting, wall washers, explosion proof lights, architectural spotlights,and more.
The fair offers an unrivaled opportunity to do business worldwide at a single event in Frankfurt am Main. Don't miss out on your chance in 2020. Meet your target groups at Light + Building: chain stores, commercial agents, E-retailers, distributors, exporters, importers, architects, interior designers, lighting wholesalers, lighting retailers, electrical planners, lighting planners, electrical retailers, furniture and furnishing stores, electricians, installers, security technology planners, industrial and trade installers, mail order trade, real estate and housing industry, facility managers, investors, local authority suppliers, international sales representatives and DIY stores.
3. Hong Kong International Outdoor and Tech Light Expo (Oct 28-31 ,2020) - Best LED Lighting Trade Show
The Hong Kong International Outdoor and Tech Light Expo showcases a variety of outdoor and industrial lighting products and systems for construction sites, factories, advertising, stadiums and studios. The expo attracts over 400 exhibitors from Hong Kong, Chinese Mainland, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan. The industry's major manufacturers as well as emerging startup companies will present their most-in-demand products and latest innovations in product categories that cover outdoor & public lighting, technical & professional lighting, outdoor advertising lighting, horticultural lighting, and exterior lighting solutions & systems. No other event in the outdoor lighting industry draws more industry-leading suppliers and influential builders, provides more opportunity for quality connection, engagement and dialogue.
The Autumn Lighting Fair is one of the world's largest lighting trade show with over 2,600 exhibitors from 38 countries and regions. Its venue at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) welcomed over 42,000 global attendees. The global influence of the Autumn Lighting Fair provides the Hong Kong International Outdoor & Tech Light Expo additional flow of engaged and influential industry audience. The organizer offers a free shuttle bus service between the HKCEC and AsiaWorld-Expo during the concurrent fair period.
In addition to product showcasing and brand exposure, Hong Kong International Outdoor & Tech Light Expo is dedicated to providing attendees with the resources they need to grow their businesses. The event is complemented by first-class educational programming designed to help attendees to foster personal and career growth. A series of seminars and forums will be held during the fair for industry players to keep abreast of the latest technological trends, market developments, and testing and certification information, as well as to exchange professional insights for strategic business planning. The high-caliber keynote presentations are presented by some of the brightest talents and the most successful professionals in the industry who bring a fresh perspective to the lighting technologies, business strategies and critical metrics, which provides a unique opportunity to gather insights and inspiration.
4. Light Middle East (Jan 24-26 , 2021) - Best Lighting Exhibition in Dubai
The 14th edition of Light Middle East will take place on 24 - 26 January 2021 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre with an expected 300+ exhibitors planning to showcase their latest products and solutions. The GCC LED markets will witness higher growth in the coming years due to mega projects planned in the region. The exhibition will attract over 6,000 interested buyers, dealers, distributors, retailers, wholesalers, importers, exporters, service provider, trade associations, government representatives, architects, design consultants, design engineers, electrical planners, interior designers, landscape architects, light planners, lighting designers, lighting retailers, mechanical & electrical engineers, MEP contractors and consultants from 84 countries, underscoring the massive appeal of the leading trade and networking event.
The Light Middle East events and showcase area not only offers a trading platform, but also a place where visitors and exhibitors alike can learn about the new trends in the region, be inspired and exchange ideas and discuss existing requirements and needs. Creativity, Innovation, craftsmanship and expertise in the design element of light is the vision of the Middle East's design industry. Each year, the Light Middle East Awards showcases brilliance in lighting design and will once again bring well-deserved prestige and recognition to lighting designers across the region for their innovation and achievement. These awards recognize that lighting is one of the most important elements of design and celebrate the exceptional work reflected in projects, products and across the industry and region. Decorative lighting manufacturers and suppliers will have a dedicated space at the Light Middle East. They'll present product design presentations and/or run workshops to engage target customers.
As a visitor, you will get to expand your networks and see the latest trends and solutions in the market. Depending on your budget, you can get the lighting quote with different price ranges.
5. LIGHTFAIR International (May 5-7 2020) in Philadelphia Reviews
All in the world's largest annual architectural, industrial and commercial lighting event and conference. For the 2019 event, LIGHTFAIR had more than 25,000 registered attendees which includes design, lighting, architectural, engineering, energy, facility and industry professionals from around the world. They're architects, landscape architects, lighting designers, manufacturers and OEMs, contractors, distributors, wholesalers, educators, electrical engineers, interior designers, energy consultants and specialists, public utility specialists, energy managers, retail designers, facility managers, urban planners, ESCOs, specifiers, students, government officials, visual merchandisers, and utilities. The trade show encompassed over 280,000 net square feet housing over 600 exhibitors.
6. Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition (June 09-20,2020) - Best in China
Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition (GILE) is an influential exhibition with a huge selection of interesting lighting products and technologies appealing to suppliers and customers. GILE is huge when compared with other conferences, and participating in this fair enables you to see and be seen in the market. Here, you can interact with industry professionals and competitors to better comprehend the real market situation and dynamics. The exhibition also provides attendees a great chance to learn how many players are in the industry and how active they are.
Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition (GILE) continues to be seen as the industry’s most vital platform for information exchange, education and business transactions. Over 172,856 visitors from 133 countries and regions gathered at the 2019 fair. The rise in visitor figures demonstrates the renewed industry-wide confidence and positive future outlook for the lighting community. The top 10 overseas visiting countries and regions, in order of highest attendance, were Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Korea, Thailand, Singapore, the US, Australia, Italy and Germany. Among them, trade based visitors accounts for 44%. Ther're chain stores, commercial agents, E-retailers, distributors, exporters, importers, and wholesalers. Project based visitors including architects, building contractors, building technicians, service providers, design studios, energy suppliers, planners and engineers, procurement authorities, property developers, and system integrators represent 19% of the total visitors classified by business nature.
7. International Fair of Lighting Equipment | LIGHT 2021 Poland - (March 3-5, 2021) - Largest lighting show in Poland
LIGHT 2021 (International Fair of Lighting Equipment) is the largest lighting event in Poland. Poland is an important and dynamic market located in the heart of Central Europe. With a population of 38 million, well-educated and competitive workforce, strong prospects for economic growth and being one of the gateways to the European Union (EU), Poland is poised to become a new growth engine for global lighting manufacturers. Behind the growth of Polish lighting market is also the fact that International Fair of Lighting Equipment, an event hosted by Agencja SOMA, is becoming increasingly important. The fair will run concurrently with ELECTRICITY 2020 (International Trade Show of Electrical Equipment and Security Systems), offering one-stop sourcing convenience for an integrated range of products and services that will attract a wide range of visitor profiles.
13,000+ visitors attended the last event to discover the latest products, innovations and trends being shown by over 400 exhibitors from Poland, European Union countries, Ukraine, Turkey, China, India, Algeria and Russia. The further increase in visitor numbers and the higher level of internationality completely underscores that the event is an indispensable business platform for those who seek growth in this market. The visit to LIGHT is the most important date in the calendar for Polish buyers, dealers, distributors, retailers, wholesalers, importers, exporters, lighting designers, architects, engineers, project managers, service providers, electrical contractors, trade associations, and government representatives. The three-day event features a spectacular array of seminars and presentations for lighting professionals, providing an opportunity to share knowledge and experience with industry leaders.
8. IFA (Sep 2020) - Best Consumer Electronics Expo in Berlin
IFA is the world's leading trade show and innovation powerhouse for consumer electronics, home appliances and other applications of technology and software. IFA 2020 will take place on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds (ExpoCenter City) from 4 to 9 September 2020. For six days at the exhibition grounds at Messe Berlin, Only IFA offers such an influential expo in Europe, attracting the attention of international trade visitors each year from more than 100 countries. The attendance of more than 240,000 visitors in the last event demonstrated that it is a key driving force for both brands and retailers. With more than half of all trade visitors coming from abroad, IFA Berlin provided a huge boost for both manufacturers and retailers. In the run-up to the industry's most important sales season, the high order volumes seen in Berlin point to a strong and positive end-of-year business. IFA 2019 operated at full capacity, with 1,900 exhibitors showing their latest products and services on 160,000 square meters of fully booked show floor at Messe Berlin.
IFA Global Markets, a core event of IFA 2020, is IFA's international sourcing platform for OEMs (original equipment manufacturers), ODMs (original design manufacturers), suppliers, component manufacturers and yet-to-be-discovered brands from all over the world. The growing B2B segment of OEM / ODM manufacturers has an exclusive new home to deliver supply chain success. With the participation of knowledgeable buyers and senior procurement executives in Consumer Electronics, Consumer IT and Home Appliances, the event boasts a comprehensive range of products, inspiration and insider knowledge.
9. Light India (Oct 2020) - Top Decorative & Commercial Lighting Trade Show
Light India is a globally acclaimed lighting trade show held in India. Its organization is credited to Messe Frankfurt in collaboration with the Electric Lamp & Component Manufacturers’ Association of India (ELCOMA). The show is slated for 15 to 17th October 2020 in New Delhi’s Pragati Maidan. The 4th edition of the exhibition was held in 2018, and it attracted 9,479 visitors from more than 20 nations. 40% of these visitors were dealers and distributors, 13% were lighting designers and engineers, and 7% were architects. The visitors were interested in various lighting aspects including technical lighting, LED, outdoor lighting, and decorative lighting. The exhibitors were 193, and they occupied a gross exhibition area of 13,738 sqm. 49.3% of these exhibitors were Indian while the rest were from different countries.
Light India has built a reputation as a stage for lighting trends and innovation. It also aims at creating a networking platform where people can swap information and grow organically. As an exhibitor, you can choose between the standard and raw packages. The product categories include LED, lamps, decorative, luminaires, and lamps. The exhibition hopes to showcase products of high quality and performance and which are low-priced and low maintenance.
10. LuxLive (Nov 2020) - Largest Lighting Event in London, UK
LuxLive is Europe's largest annual lighting event, attracting over 6,000 buyers and lighting professionals to its home at ExCeL London every November. For access to the latest technologies, products and services, LuxLive provides an integrated platform for engaging with the entire ecosystem of lighting in a truly interactive environment. Big lighting brands, including Philips, Osram, iGuzzini, Samsung, Aurora, ABB, Gooee, Thorlux, Holophane, Tamlite, and Lumenpulse, will unveil their latest technology and products in the event. The event brings together all of the latest innovations in this fast-moving sector, providing a unique opportunity to get the inside track on the very latest technology.
LuxLive's arenas, theatres and feature areas are dedicated to different aspects of lighting. The property technology arena is where the digital future of lighting comes to life. The lightspace arena will focus on the quality and design of light. The outdoor lighting area exhibits sophisticated lighting systems with advanced features such as environment monitoring, asset management, parking information, lamp and ballast failure reporting and integration with third party systems and software. The Escape Zone will focus on emergency lighting requirements and standards. Every year, the Internet of Things (IoT) gains more prominence. Demonstrations, presentations, discussions and break-out talks will focus on connected lighting. And Li-Fi, wireless connectivity delivered by the visible light from LED lighting, is creating a lot of excitement in technology circles. The technology will be demonstrated at the Li-Fi Experience. If you want to become an expert in lighting, check out the Lighting Industry Association’s Lighting Academy.
LuxLive offers a range of networking opportunities to build connections, exchange valuable information, and turn initial introductions into long-term business relationships. Whether you're a buyer who wants to find suppliers across the entire supply chain or a manufacturer who wants to hear from major clients about their lighting strategies, look no further than the exhibit floor at LuxLive.
11. LED Expo Thailand (Jun 2020) Reviews - Best LED Trade Show in Thailand
LED Expo Thailand is one of the leading LED lighting events in Southeast Asia and ASEAN’s largest international exhibition on LED lighting products & technology.It is focused on the science, technology and application of LEDs and solid-state lighting. It aims to accelerate the growth of the LED lighting markets in the Southeast Asian region by presenting a dynamic hub for LED/lighting companies to congregate, promote, discuss, transact, partner and gain insights on neighboring LED markets at a niche level. The Expo will cover an exhibition area of 15,000 sqm and is regarded as being ASEAN’s Largest International Exhibition on LED Lighting Products & Technologies. The 7th edition of LED Expo Thailand will be held at Hall 3-4, IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Center, Bangkok from 24 to 26 June 2020.
LED Expo Thailand is a dynamic hub for LED / lighting companies to congregate, promote, discuss, transact, partner and gain insights on neighboring LED markets. In the recent edition, more than 250 renowned companies from all over the world have showcased their state-of-the-art technology products to over 12,000 trade visitors. Among those included international visitors from more than 30 countries and regions such as China, Australia, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia and India.
LED Expo Thailand 2020 will unveil the latest technology products on LED lighting with industry leaders from different parts of the world. A series of conferences, seminars and workshops will be conducted to further educate the trade visitors about energy saving technology, LED products and electronic equipment. The Expo definitely will be the most comprehensive event for LED lighting and technology in ASEAN. The expo consists of various themed pavilions. The Architectural Lighting Pavilion will showcase different architectural lighting systems such as down lights, emergency lights, spot lights, linear systsems, customized lighting etc. The Smart Lighting Pavilion will showcase state of the art technology products that will make your life more convenient, like controlling lighting by using your smartphone, LED Alarm, LED Music Bulb and much more. The Automotive Lighting Pavilion will present solutions for different lighting applications such as front, rear, headlight and signaling, with the purpose of not only increasing driver safety, but also adding to the vehicle's style quotient.
12. Lightexpo Africa 2020 (Jun 2020) - Top-rated Public Lighting Trade Show in East Africa
LIGHTEXPO is unique event in the East Africa market. Having being branched out from BUILDEXPO previously, LIGHTEXPO will be the largest event for the lighting market in East Africa. Organized by EXPOGROUP Worldwide, the expo sees a strong international presence with exhibitors from as many as 18 countries exhibiting their products.
The lighting industry in East Africa is on a globalization drive and is now providing the African consumers a variety of lighting products sourced domestically as well as internationally. In the context of the reduced import duty, the globalization drive is gaining momentum.
LIGHTEXPO will be your window to meeting high-level buyers with-in the African Industry. As an exhibitor, the show will offer you the chance of increasing your market at the heart and hub of the industry. Take advantage of the fair to present your latest products, innovations and solutions in newly structured product groups that will cover the entire industry of lighting all under a single roof.
The event is expected to welcome 3000+ visitors from over 11 African countries.
13. Lighting Asia (Sep 2020) - Exhibition for Innovative LED Lighting
Light & LED Asia is centered around four objectives. First, it seeks to create an avenue for the industry to network and interact. The show also intends to generate more business opportunities for the local market by bringing the national and global industry in one place. It further aims to highlight innovation by showcasing innovative LED systems. Lastly, Light & LED Asia seeks to open doors for new technologies.
Light & LED Asia is being organized by Ecommerce Gateway Pakistan. The event is slated for 22-24 September 2020 in Pakistan at the Karachi Expo Centre. Pakistan’s government has been encouraging the growth of the industries with the most promise. Investors will, therefore, have a chance to witness the country’s and region’s consumer electronics sector. The exhibition will welcome over 250 exhibitors displaying innovative products. It is appropriately organized at a time when the demand for lights & LED systems has been increasing in tandem with changing lifestyles.
The primary categories for the fair are decorative lighting, LED Signage & Displays, and LED. The exhibit area is 18,000 sqm in size. The show’s target visitors include airport developers, lighting specifiers, stage lighting, corporates, lighting consultants, renewable energy departments, and stadium & sports authorities. Visitors will get to experience the latest technologies under one roof, interact with peers, make informed buying decisions, and watch live demos. VIsitor registration form can be accessed here.
14. International LED & OLED Expo Korea 2020 (Jun 2020)
The 18th Int'l LED & OLED EXPO is a 3 day event being held from 24th June to the 26th June 2020 at the Kintex - Korea International Exhibition Center in Goyang, Korea. This event showcases product from Lights & Lighting industry. At the 2019 LED & OLED EXPO, a total of 237 companies introduced their latest products, ranging from LED chips, LEDs and OLED lamps to lighting fixtures, LED display & signages. Since 2003, Int’l LED & OLED EXPO is the largest exhibition in Korea and the world’s first B2B trade show that specializes in LED and OLED industry. Forthermore, LED EXPO provides information on LED's trends and newest technology by international LED & OLED seminar to develop the Korean LED & OLED industry.
15. Inalight Exhibition Indonesia (Aug 2020)
Indonesia International Lighting Exhibition is the country's most influential lighting event that provides a unique platform for engaging with one of the most prospective lighting markets in the world. Indonesia is a newly-defined geography for lighting manufacturers. The country's LED industry is poised for massive growth in the coming years. The Indonesian government's policy of embracing LED technology has resulted in a flood of opportunities. With Inalight 2020, you have the ability to maximize business opportunities and gain access to the Indonesian and ASEAN markets.
Organized by PT. Global Expo Management, Inalight will unveil the latest lighting solutions with over 650 exhibitors from 17 countries across an exhibition space of 15,000 square meters at JIExpo Kemayoran, Jakarta. The event will be attended by over 25,000 visitors. Amongst the major visitor groups are trade visitors such as buyers, distributors, chain stores, commercial agents, E-retailers, as well as project-based experts that include architects, building contractors, electricians, installers, designers, planners and engineers. Throughout the trade show floor, a huge array of lighting products encompasses virtually all applications e.g. outdoor, indoor, architectural, commercial, industrial, and decorative lighting.
Whether you are looking to generate new sales leads or build connections with trade partners, Inalight is the place to grow your business. The event runs concurrently with Smart Home+City Indonesia 2020, Solartech Indonesia 2020 and Cable & Wire Indonesia 2020. These events combine to offer a one-stop sourcing platform for an integrated range of products and services that make a crucial contribution to sustainability, economic efficiency and high level convenience in buildings.
What Should I Prepare Before Attending the Lighting Trade Shows?
Lighting trade shows sponsored by established vendors, industry moguls, and certified associations, more often than not, present both buyers as well as sellers with lucrative opportunities. These trade shows are knowledge hubs where people get the chance to learn about new and innovative technologies, fraternize with global industry experts, and hone their understanding of current and new launches. Potential buyers can also attend demonstrations by interested sellers, compare different products and then make an informed decision about where they want to put their money. Exhibitors, at these shows, are focused on signing as many on-site contracts as possible, and thus, bagging a good deal or finding a great bargain isn’t all that difficult.
All of the aforementioned reasons simply outweigh any reason you might have for not attending a trade show. However, attending a lighting trade show requires some beforehand planning. Turning up without an elaborately planned schedule will most certainly lead to a day completely wasted. Lighting trade shows are also such expansive events that covering every pop-up is virtually impossible. Similarly, while there are countless seminars and knowledge sessions to be attended, physically being present everywhere all the time is an art human being do not know.
It is, thus, not surprising that one of the recurrent questions we keep getting asked is: As a visitor, what should I prepare for the lighting trade shows? Now, we will cover the 9 most important things you should check on your list before you leave to attend a lighting trade show.
1. Pre-Register for the Show
True, that not all shows require tickets to enter, but most do. As a matter of fact, if the lighting trade show you are planning to attend is a coveted event backed by powerful brands and illustrious names, chances are you will need a ticket to enter. For most lighting trade shows, tickets can be bought online from a partner website. However, make sure to confirm your attendance well in advance, you do not want to see a ‘sold-out’ sign.
2. Enter with a Smart Sheet
Being ubiquitous is an art man doesn’t know. As said before, it is impossible to cover all brands exhibiting at a lighting trade show. Thus, prioritizing is the key. Start by scanning the exhibit line up and making a list of all the brands you want to cover. Allocate time and stick to the schedule. This way, you will be able to make the most of your day.
3. Make Appointments
Trade shows are a busy time for brand representatives, influencers and bloggers. People are constantly lining to meet these people and find answers to questions troubling them. It is, thus, always a good idea to make appointments in advance. This way, you won’t be left waiting in the queue the entire day. Similarly, if there is a seminar, information session or after-party you wish to attend, pre-registering is always a good idea.
4. Book Your Air Tickets and Get Your Visa Sorted in Advance
Confession: when I am to attend a lighting exhibition, I book my tickets at least a month in advance. Lighting exhibitions are important events, with people from various parts of the country attending. If you delay booking your air tickets, chances are airfares will go up in the days leading up to the event and getting an air ticket will burn a hole in your pocket. Likewise, if you are traveling to another country to attend a lighting trade show, apply for a visa as early as possible. While you can apply for a visa yourself, I recommend using a professional visa service provider to avoid any hassles. Also, make sure your passport is valid for another six months.
5. Book Your Accommodation
If you start looking for accommodation options three days prior to the actual event, chances are you will not find anything within a 5-mile radius of the venue. Brands start prepping for trade shows at least 6 to 8 months in advance and book accommodations for their representatives well before the event. If you are planning to attend a lighting trade show, make sure to book your accommodation well in advance so that you can pick a locality close to the venue of the show.
6. Arrange for a Pick-up and Drop
With buyers and sellers frequenting in an out of the airport, the city, especially the district, hosting a lighting trade show becomes a busy place. In such a case, finding a taxi may become difficult, especially if your flight lands at an odd hour. Thus, it is also advisable to arrange for a pick-up and drop to avoid any inconvenience.
7. Carry a Lux Meter
If you are a buyer and plan to spend some hard-earned money, make sure you are carrying a lux meter. Directly looking at the brightest flood lights would be blinding. Ideally, you would want to carry a portable lux meter with data logging capabilities and accuracy of around 3%. This way, you will be able to record readings and compare them before making the final purchase.
8. A High FPS Camera Is Another Must
From traditional incandescent lights to LED bulbs, almost all lights register some amount of flickering. Flickering is hard to detect. At lighting exhibitions, buyers must try their best to buy lights with almost imperceptible flickering. The trick is to avoid buying lights whose flicker frequency is higher than the refresh rate of the FPS camera being used. If you do not have professional equipment, a smartphone having 240 fps or 960 fps slow-motion camera can also help.
9. Do Not Forget to Fit in a Pair of Anti-Glare Glasses in Your Backpack
From backlit lights and spotlights to gigantic chandeliers and lights that have a blinding effect, at lighting trade shows, one is expected to encounter all kinds of lights. It is, thus, a good idea to go prepared. Carry a pair of anti-glare glasses. The reflective coating on the lenses of these glasses will protect you from unwanted reflections, thereby allowing a clear vision.
Bonus Tips: Carry Some Cash
At many lighting exhibitions, exhibitors sell the bulky light fixtures at the end of the exhibition for a much cheaper price, simply because shipping them back is a cumbersome and costly process. If you are good at haggling and have some ready money, you might get successful at buying these at 30% to 70% of the original rate.
By following tips, you can ensure that your hard-earned money is being well spent and is going in the right product and not in pockets of the vendors.
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