Lighting Tech Qatar 2014

Doha, 13th May 2014

The last two days I attended Lighting Tech Qatar 2014, a conference dedicated to professional lighting and lighting design on the side lines of the huge Project Qatar Exhibition that is being held in no other then the iconic Qatar National Convention Centre here in Doha. The mega structure with a huge exposition hall is the home for this exhibition that features everything that has to do with the construction and building industry on the back of the upcoming World Cup to be held here in 2022. What a difference this experience has been compared to the flimsy and poorly organised seminar in 2012 (by a different organiser). At least this conference attracted a far better mix of participants from government and local consulting companies to international lighting design experts and manufacturers. While not all speakers where of the so-called “experienced” presenter level, the overall quality of the speakers was good with a good enough content of interest to keep me present at all sessions for the past two days. Also as one of the speakers I find it a matter of respect to listen (and learn) from my colleagues in the business. You never stop learning in life…and I certainly did not here! International speakers amongst many others included Florian Theuer, Mark Sutton Vane, Juan Ferrari and Paul Ehlert…it was nice too meet them.

While my talk yesterday was an adapted version of how the LED Cowboys frustrate the life of lighting designers (it’s amazing how popular this story keeps on being!) there were several other subjects of great interest and not surprisingly the discussion in question and answer session often focussed on today’s LED technology versus “yesterday’s” conventional technology, the associated costs and challenges in realising projects. Also not surprisingly we found ourselves in many common problems such as visualising our solutions to our clients, managing costs versus quality, supervising contractors on installation and how local culture and climate impact on the final quality of the lighting installation. Much time was also spent on codes of practices that are or should be applied, the extent of sustainability that can or could be applied with Qatar being ideally positioned for large scale applications of solar energy with its on average 13 hours a day sunshine (and associated heat…it was 46 degree yesterday!). The debate still remains about costs and return on investment, with many presentations focussing on energy saving and reduction in maintenance with more flexibility and control with little explanation how much the LED lighting will really cost and whether it will ever be recouped as a cost saving over time…

Light Watch 5-79: Lighting Tech Qatar 2014 in pictures…

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13. May 2014 by Martin Klaasen
Categories: Education, going green, Light & Learn, Light and inspiration, light watch, lighting and culture, lighting and sustainability, lighting and the economy, lighting applications, lighting design, lighting design practice, lighting of the future, lighting standards | 2 comments

Comments (2)

  1. Having lived and taught (7 years) across the street from the convention center, I enjoyed your info on the Qatar conference. I am an interior designer/educator and specialize in lighting. My design work includes the Shell research office in the building complex next to the conf. hall.
    I am attending LightFair with Sylvia Bistrong, ISP Design, who lights the Apple stores and is now working on the Apple Headquarters.
    I am researching the transition from traditional light sources to LED to recommend revamping content for interior design lighting courses. Lighting textbooks are lagging behind and I think the ID educators are too.
    Would you be available to take a break from your conference activities, have a beverage and expound on your opinions of lighting education? If so – just name the time. We could meet at Hubbell Lighting who I am also associated with.
    Thanks so much, Ruth Beals, Associate Prof., Converse College, Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA. ruth.beals@converse.edu

  2. Hi Ruth, really sorry just got to sort out the comment you posted quite a while I go…I totally missed it, my apologies. Thanks for writing in I really value feedback and comments to my blog but I get a lot (really a lot!) of spam and sometimes truthful comments are drown in the sea of these spams. Lightfair has meanwhile come and gone so I missed you. Perhaps another time. I have speaking engagements in India and Suadi Arabia later this year if you are attending any of these please do let me know. Regards Martin

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