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The 15th edition of Light Middle East will take place from 28-30 September 2021 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, and will feature around 100 exhibitors from 23 countries
As the world cautiously adapts to a new way of living post-pandemic, lighting manufacturers are promoting the benefits of human-centric lighting and UVC (ultraviolet C) LEDs that can disinfect surfaces in less than a minute and kill up germs.
While ultraviolet light has been used to sterilise and disinfect medical equipment for years, its efficacy has recently come to the fore, with LEDs now in the advantageous position to become the control hub that seamlessly brings together technologies that enrich human lives.
The UAE-based Elettrico Lighting will showcase lighting that uses semiconductor LEDs, organic LEDs or polymer LEDs as sources of illumination rather than electrical filaments, plasma, or gas – can provide more amicable and productive human-centric lighting.
General manager of Elettrico Mohammed Khalil said that the global pandemic has opened up a new opportunity that has so far been intensely discussed but scarcely implemented: healthcare lighting.
“The onset of Covid-19 triggered researchers across the globe to develop an ultraviolet LED solution to disinfect and sterilize hospital beds, floors, or surfaces that could keep the virus active,” he added.
“UVC LEDs can be configured to ideal wavelengths (260-270 nm) that could kill the Covid-19 virus as well as offering an attractive price and sustainability benefits. Leading players are already working with healthcare facilities across the globe to accelerate the use of UVC LEDs to eliminate the threat of infection from touch or contact.”
While it can be difficult to find the silver lining when something as severe as a global pandemic hits, Covid-19 has accelerated not only the development of lighting technology, but also adoption of new lighting technology.
Dharmendra Patel, managing director of Creation Gulf, a Dubai-based lighting consultant and distributor, and regular Light Middle East exhibitor, believes the rapid adoption of IoT in lighting will be a main benefactor of this development.
“IoT is most definitely the future,” said Patel. “Like most of our manufacturing partners, we do believe over time anything that can be connected, will be connected. Furthermore, IoT would also enable remote management and access which would further make lives easy for the clients and operators.”
Dishan Isaac, senior show manager for Light Middle East, stated that the two value-added features will offer exhibitors, delegates, and visitors alike a point of difference in addition to countless business networking and re-connecting in a safe, controlled environment on the exhibition floor.