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Light + Building

( 3 March 2024 - 8 March 2024 )
Location: Germany , Frankfurt am Main
Organizer: Messe Frankfurt GmbH

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Light + Building Update

Light + Building will be held between 03.03.2024 and 08.03.2024. Messe Frankfurt confirms the lighting trade show will return in full force as a live event. The exhibition grounds will not have the latest COVID-19 prevention measures in place. This is due to the removal of the pandemic-related restrictions.

Light + Building Introduction

Light + Building is the lighting and intelligent building design sector's main event. It is a leading trade show that outperforms its previous editions. This is due to the event showcasing the latest trends, challenges and innovations. Frankfurt, Germany, is the hosting city for the international exhibition. Messe Frankfurt serves as its host site. The trade fair is held for six days and allows attendees to connect with their target audience. This includes building new relationships, such as connecting with potential partners. The editions are held once every two years. They serve as the meeting platform for several related industries. Among them are engineering and construction. The trade fair is among the prime opportunities for companies to gain recognition. This is because the exhibitors can launch new products.

Business Profile of Light+Building

Light + Building is the presentation stage for the entire lighting industry value chain. It is the meeting location of a diverse participant group, including:

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Investors
  • Retail suppliers
  • Planners
  • Wholesalers
  • Operators
  • Sales and distribution specialists
  • R&D and design experts
  • Repair and maintenance specialists
  • Production, manufacturing and quality control experts
  • Communication, information, procurement and purchasing specialists business, company or building managers

Among the sectors to attend the fair are manufacturing, skilled trades, and engineering. They also include planning, architecture, wholesale, foreign trade, retail trade, and real estate. Companies that attend the fair include:

  • Ningbo Kanghui Lamps
  • AEC
  • Samsung
  • Jung

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Light + Building enables attendees to learn about new products, innovations or trends. It can also help them expand their specialist knowledge. This includes gaining insight into the latest challenges and opportunities. The trade fair furthermore aids in maintaining and expanding attendees’ specialist networks. This includes forming new partnerships. By participating in the event, attendants can also assess the visiting industries. This is because the fair provides opportunities to examine the current market situation. Exchanging information is also a goal that attendees can complete at the fair. So is gaining recognition. Conducting business on-site is likewise an achievable business aim.

Each Light + Building edition features at least two key themes. These affect the sub-event programme and enable attendees to complete their goals. For instance, the top themes for the 2022 edition were:

  • Green Deals & Sustainability
  • Electrification & Digitalisation
  • Light & Design

Each of the top themes features a variety of sub-themes. Often, the subjects overlap two or more of them. For instance, Green Deal & Sustainability includes the sub-topics of:

  • Energy+Efficiency
  • E-Infrastructure+Charging Management
  • Grids+Smart Building

Each of these topics showcases and discusses aspects related to the central theme. Energy + Efficiency, for instance, discusses the importance of saving electricity, which links it to the Smart+Grids sub-theme. This is because of energy-saving technology, using sensors to form intelligent operational systems. Likewise, Charging Management + E-Infrastructure has a relation to Digitalisation and Sustainability. This is due to using intelligent electricity networks to create energy for e-cars.

The various sub-events feature each of the themes, sub-themes and topics in one form or another. For instance, the exhibition features them by presenting related products. One such example is the Predictive Maintenance sub-theme presented by wares such as miniature circuit breakers or fuses. These feature integrated measuring transformers that enable the fuse to record the distributed electrical power. They will then forward it with incorporated timestamps to the energy management system. The system will then be able to check the data and help specialists opt for the correct choice. Such changes can optimise systems and increase their energy efficiency as much as possible.

Likewise, Digital Planning is presented at the exposition by digital planning providers. Similarly, Health+Light is represented via wares such as HCL innovations. This includes lights that will adapt to the time of day. Such innovations can aid occupants in maintaining good health. For instance, they can help sustain a well-functioning circadian rhythm.

Light + Building also uses another form of division besides the themes and sub-themes. The division is known as the key categories. For instance, the 2022 edition featured four main groupings:

  • Emotion
  • Selection
  • Career
  • Skills

These key categories enable participants to find sub-events that interest them with ease. For instance, the Emotion @ Light + Building comprises exhibitions and special shows. These showcase the visions and advice of specialists brought to fruition. This allows attendees to interact with concepts in a tangible and observable format. This key category includes the following sub-events:

  • Design Plus
  • Trend Forum

Design Plus is a sub-event that enables participants to gain recognition. This is because the micro-event is a competition that lauds novel technologies. It allows both start-ups and leading companies to showcase their latest innovations. This will help them raise brand awareness and expand their business network. Design Plus is available to all exhibitors at the trade fair. This includes participants who offer the following products and related services:

  • Decorative lighting and accessories
  • Home and building automation
  • Technical lighting, lamps, components and accessories
  • Electrical engineering, electric building installation, communications and system technology

Each submission is estimated by a jury consisting of leading industry experts. They evaluate the products based on three criteria. The standards used to estimate the nominations are:

  • Innovation
  • Ecology
  • Design

Each jury member decides how much influence will each criterion have on their verdict. They evaluate each of the submissions by observing A4-sized photographs and explanatory videos.

The victorious will receive an award during the first day of Light + Building. They will be showcased via a special exhibition and an online gallery. They will also be able to incorporate the “Design Plus powered by Light + Building” seal of approval. The winners will also have access to a comprehensive marketing package. This will enable the victorious to further their brand awareness.

The Trend Forum also allows attendees to gain recognition and expand their networks. It also enables them to further their expertise by learning about the latest trends. The Forum showcases the newest design, art, architecture, and technology tendencies. For the task, it incorporates each trend as a theme and showcases it via one of four set rooms. This allows participants to observe in real-time the latest tendencies and gain inspiration. Example themes include Unaffected Scene, Liberal & Manifold, and Organic Sculptures. The Trend Forum can be valuable for architects, designers, retailers and wholesalers.

The key category Selection @ Light + Building overviews the event and industry. These include micro-events such as:

  • The Guided Tours
  • The Architecture+Technology Innovation Award
  • The AIT Award

The Guided Tours consists of a series of tours that are held for two hours each. Each tour presents highlights from the fair, beginning from the Outlook Lounge. The showcases include introducing international lighting designers and experts. Each tour features a target topic accompanied by several questions. The sub-event enables attendees to learn about the leading challenges, trends and providers. Among the international experts that take part are Ulrike Brandi and Thomas Mika.

Like Design Plus, the Architecture+Technology Innovation Award also grants recognition. Yet, unlike the previous sub-event, the contest honours architecture and interior architecture novelties. It provides credit to specialists who manufacture or create the designs of:

  • Lighting
  • Electrical technologies
  • Luminaries
  • Building automation

The contest places focus on architectural quality, design, functionality, material authenticity and application. These manifest in the form of the evaluation criteria that the expert jury applies. The jury comprises leading experts such as Matthias Koch and Catrin Brändle-Wigand. To take part in the competition, attendees will have to be exhibitors at the trade fair. They must also submit one or more products that fulfil the following prerequisites:

  • They must not be older than three years at the time of submission.
  • They must have been available on the market at the time of the trade fair’s hosting.

The Innovation Award is held at a specialised stand during the trade fair. All submitted products are showcased at this location. Attendees also have the option to use brochures for further exposure. The Architecture+Technology Innovation Awards can feature up to six winners and two special mentions. The winners receive the Award as decorative cups and award certificates. They also will be presented with a digital file that contains a logo marking their status. They can display this logo during advertising activities for one year. All participants will be mentioned in the trade journal AIT as part of a limited publication.

Each category can feature one best project as the winner. The jury comprises international interior designers and architects. It examines the submitted documents to determine the winners for each category. The submitted documents must include an A0 format display board. The display board must contain the project plans, elevations, drawings, photographs, and cross-sections. For the plans, a 10 mm foam board must be used. Another essential document that must be submitted is an explanatory report. The report has to be one A4 page long. The description must detail the design thinking, spatial concept and material usage. If possible, it must also contain a brief statement regarding sustainability guidelines.

The key category known as Skills @ Light + Building focuses on training and development. It promotes exchanging information on lighting and integrated building technologies. The category includes sub-events, such as:

  • The Technology Forum
  • The Intersec Forum

The Technology Forum is a micro-event comprising comprehensive lectures and discussions. These feature leading experts presenting the latest information on current developments and innovations. It enables attendees to gain insight into the newest challenges and industry changes. Example topics include “digitalising facility management” and “hardware/cloud business models”.

Similar in intent is the Intersec Forum. It serves as the networking platform for connected security technology specialists such as planners, operators and developers. The Intersec Forum takes place from the second day of the trade fair onwards. It features lectures that discuss the latest topics and developments. This includes the latest challenges in integrating security systems into buildings. The Forum focuses on digitalisation and building security for the future. It can be beneficial for decision-makers in the security industry. It likewise can aid manufacturers, developers or researchers.

The key category known as Career @ Light + Building emphasises young talent promotion. This includes start-up companies and recent graduates. It features sub-events that enable such attendees to network and receive recognition. An example of the micro-events features in this category is the BMWi zone. It is hosted with aid from the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). The BMWi zone enables start-ups to present themselves. It furthermore aids such attendants in expanding their networks.

Light + Building also features another central micro-event. This is the Building Technology Experts. It is where experts discuss essential topics with other experts. These include light, design, automation and sensor technology. The sub-event comprises live interviews that are recorded. Organisers then distribute these recordings as podcasts, graphics, surveys and videos. The discussed topics include “real estate business robotics”. They also include subjects like “building sustainability”, “UVC lighting” and “Lighting and light”.

Light + Building is distributed into four central areas. This aids attendees in finding providers that will suit their needs. The four fundamental areas are:

  • the West Ground
  • the East ground
  • the Design Plaza
  • the Building Plaza

The West ground includes the Integrated Building Technology Centre. It showcases home/building automation, electrical installations, and network/building system technologies. Luminaries, lighting components, street, outdoor, emergency and safety lighting are all showcased on the East Ground. The two Plazas tend to host various sub-events with a specific focus. For instance, the Design Plaza is the presentation location for sub-events like the Trend Forum. The Building Plaza is the hosting location of sub-events such as the Technology Forum.

Light + Building is a must-attend for participants, such as:

  • Interior designers/architects
  • Lighting/electrical wholesalers, planners and retailers
  • Furniture and furnishing stores
  • Electricians and electrical trade experts
  • Installers
  • Security technology planners
  • Industrial and trade installers
  • Members of the real estate and housing industry
  • Facility managers
  • Investors and suppliers
  • International sales representatives
  • DIY stores

Stats regarding the event

Light + Building receives a large and highly diverse international audience. As an example, the 2018 rendition received over 220,000 trade visitors and more than 2,700 exhibitors. This included 825 German exhibitor companies and 1,894 international exhibitors. The edition moreover featured around 1,560 journalists. The edition featured representatives from a total of 55 countries. Among them were:

Additionally, it features a high participation rate from international companies and high-level decision-makers. For instance, 70% of the exhibitors and 52% of the visitors represent a foreign country. 77% of the participants significantly affect the process of making critical business decisions. Many of the participants are return attendees. For example, the 2018 edition featured 59% return participants and 41 new attendants. This shows the importance of the event as an ongoing means of remaining competitive.

Several industries attend Light + Building. These include the building and lighting sectors as well as the manufacturing industry. Furthermore, it receives DIY, real estate, HoReCa, skilled trade and retail representatives. The wholesale, security, planning and media industries also attend.

Frankfurt and Travel 2 Fairs Ltd

Investing in suitable hotel accommodation for your business trip is vital. It can influence the result of your business trip and visit to Light+Building. Yet, finding reasonable lodging can be rather time-consuming and stressful. This applies the most when you have other tasks to perform. Travel 2 Fairs Ltd can aid in making the task easier and allowing you to focus on other planning details. Such includes finding suitable business partners. Travel 2 Fairs Ltd will work with you during the consultation and send you hotels that will suit your needs. Such include ones that have a suitable location and are affordable. Examples of such hotels are the ones found close to Messe Frankfurt. Such accommodation options are ideal as they allow you to reduce commuting time. Travel 2 Fairs Ltd also has experience in working groups of twenty or more people, so query for such parties. Our registration process will not take longer than a day at most, and we will take care of the details. We can additionally aid with logistic details such as airport transfer or rent-a-car.

Logistics about Messe Frankfurt and Light+Building

Light + Building is where the building and lighting industries meet every two years. The organiser and meeting location for the event is Messe Frankfurt in Frankfurt. The event takes place in this location for six days and features two different event hour sets. Participants can attend between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm during the first five days. On the sixth and last day, the visiting hours are set between 9:00 am and 5 pm.

Messe Frankfurt is a convention centre that is easy to access from the main transport hubs. For example, by bus or metro, attendants can access the venue from the central railway station in 10 minutes. Likewise, it is accessible in 8 minutes by car and between 16 and 19 minutes by walking. Similarly, the venue can be reached from Frankfurt Airport in 15 minutes by car and 30 by bus or tram. Visitors can also access the event site from local districts such as Bahnhofsviertel. It is accessible by bus in 19 minutes and 26 minutes when walking. Alternatively, attendees can reach the venue in 8 to 10 minutes by car. Likewise, attendants can access Messe Frankfurt from local cities via public transport. For example, Offenbach is a 25-to-30-minutes commute by bus or metro from the venue. Similarly, Wiesbaden is accessible in 60 minutes by train or bus and in 29 by car. Alternatively, the travelling time from Mainz to the site via bus is likewise 40 to 50 minutes. Visitors can also opt to hire a taxi or a rental car. In such instances, they will need 41 to 59 minutes.

Frankfurt offers a diverse range of accommodation options. This includes luxury hotel suites, affordable hostels, guest houses and apartments. These can be found in districts ranging from the City centre to Innenstadt or Westend-Ost. Likewise, they are available in cities like Hanau, Mainz, Offenbach and others. The dining options include specialised food markets, restaurants, bars, beer gardens and others. Like the accommodation alternatives, they are available in locations such as Bockenheim.

Past Edition Reports


The 2018 edition of Light + Building took place at Messe Frankfurt. The event was held between 18.03.2018 and 23.03.2018. The edition received 220,000 trade visitors and 2,714 exhibitors. It was one of the event’s most successful renditions.


Light + Building 2022 took place between the dates 02.10.2022 and 06.10.2022 in Messe Frankfurt. The venue did not feature Covid-19 safety measures due to the removal of the related domestic restrictions. The event was attended by 1,531 exhibitors from 46 countries and 92,838 visitors from 147 nations (55% of the attendees were from abroad).


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