Reinforcing relevant topics like eco-friendly lighting, IoT and sustainable lighting, the 18th edition of LED Expo 2018 attracted professional and focused business visitors from the industry and government regulatory bodies alike.

LED Expo 2018 Mumbai was shining bright but in a costeffective way as the 18th edition of this prominent fair showcased three days of pure business and networking at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon East, Mumbai. 244 exhibiting companies from 5 countries displayed a galore of advancements in LED lighting, components and other related technologies attracting 9,600 professional business visitors to connect, compare and source the best quality products that suits the Indian market.

Talking about the consistency in its position to lead the LED revolution, Raj Manek, Executive Director and Board Member, Messe Frankfurt Asia Holding Ltd shared, “With this edition accounting to 13 per cent growth in exhibitor numbers and international participation, once again, LED Expo has sustained its position as a principal platform for our important buyers and sellers. Helping us achieve our vision is the constant support we receive from the government regulations, associations and professionals benefitting from our show. With this trust, we will continue with our efforts in bringing the latest innovations from different parts of the world to enhance growth in the overall lighting sector of India.”

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The Indian LED market is booming with government and commercial sectors going the energy efficient way to cut down on their total spending. Eco-friendly lighting is a technology that remains as one of the top choices of these focused buyers. Talking about the overall experience on displaying these environmental friendly lights was Vishal Narang, Proprietor, AV Enterprises, who shared, “We want to help India in the green revolution. LED Expo has always given us more than expected. With regular participation at LED we have managed to find distributors from places as far as Kolkata. This year too, we have found distributors from different parts of the country,helping us expand our business.”

Exhibitor stalls were occupied with business visitors from the industry as well as other allied sectors like electrical contractors, architects, and interior designers. The quality of visitors and the keen interest taken by them to source the right product to benefit their sector was a clear indication about the immense growth in the use of LED products in the Indian market. With robust initiatives by Maharashtra Energy Development Agency (MEDA), Unnati Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) and the Indian Railways trying to change the face of Indian lighting industry, many government officials were also seen in attendance looking out for new technologies at the fair.

Niren Dhariya, Vice President, Electric Merchants Association said, “India is a big market for LED lights due to its energy saving capabilities. We visit LED Expo mainly to update ourselves with the latest innovations that has entered the market. Our objective was to check advancements for our industrial market and we have found a few products like film proof LEDs and IP67 which are not easily available in the India that we would be sourcing from the exhibitors.”

LED Summit highlighted the use of smart lights and LED transformation of the Mumbai railways

Day two of the trade fair kicked off with LED Summit in the presence of several stake holders of lighting industry. This premier forum for the industry was packed with back to back sessions and insightful discussion on new trends and innovations, new technologies in components and the end user’s perspective.

Talking about Smart Lighting – Beyond Light, Sudeshna Mukhopadhya, Chief Design Officer, iBahn Illumination Pvt Ltd shared, “Smart Lighting solutions are changing the urban lighting solution scenario. Lighting world is going through a lot of change in technology which is seeing innovations like Human Centric Lights, Wireless Smart Devices, and products which are running the households using IOT and Bluetooth Mesh Technology. These technologies need to be implemented quickly to benefit end users and to make cities and villages smart.”

The topic ‘End user perspective’ saw talks by the representatives of Central Railways and Best Undertaking where they spoke about the work done to implement LED lighting for the city. Sanjay Waghmare, CESE (Central Railways) shared: “Central Railways recently completed the process of using LED at all 432 their platforms. This will help us save more than two lakh units of electricity worth Rs 3.72 crore. Future plans are to complete 100 per cent LED lighting at railway offices, yards, workshops, and railway quarters. We have started converting the entire local as well as long distance trains to be fitted with LED bulbs and fittings. Railways are at the forefront of the LED revolution and aim to be LED compliant by the end of 2018.”

Delegates attending the summit were eminent representatives from companies like Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL), Emerson Electric, TUV India, Thyssenkrupp and amongst others. Talking about the high points of the summit was Harshwadan P P, Managing Director and CEO, HCE who said, “The topics on technical aspects of LED and standardisation were very interesting. Information on smart lighting and the development of sensors is a very good business opportunity for us and we would like to carry forward the technology and develop it further.”

Crowded aisles, serious business discussions and a productive knowledge forum like LED Summit sums up the three days of India’s leading fair for LED lighting, components and technologies. With the industry moving towards IoT, it will be interesting to see the technologies displayed in the next edition of LED Expo 2018 scheduled to happen from 6 – 8 December in Delhi.