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Hong Kong is set to bring the world’s lighting industry together with technology that could save the planet

Let there be light.

But what kind of light? Attendees of the Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Spring Edition) slated for April will be spoiled for choice with over 240 exhibitors coming from seven countries and regions to showcase the latest in professional and decorative lighting systems and accessories.

With the growing demand for environment-friendly products, the Spring Edition will be focusing on options for green lighting, and an entire section of the fair has been devoted to LED lighting. LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, have been gaining popularity as an alternative to incandescent bulbs and compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) for their energy efficiency and durability.

While the world has been switching to CFLs, concerns have been raised about their cost and the mercury content in the otherwise environmentally-friendly bulbs. LEDs may yet offer an alternative to CFLs as advances in LED technology have turned out diodes that can produce more light for less energy and at a lower price.

The LED Zone will not only serve as a way for manufacturers and suppliers to meet the demand for eco-friendly lighting, but will also be an opportunity to raise awareness of LED lighting, and support Hong Kong’s environmental policy.

The Spring Edition made its debut last year as the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) attracted 235 exhibitors from mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and the US.

Speaking at last year’s fair, Julian Kim, sales director of Korean LED lighting firm Mseedtech Co Ltd, said that the company went into talks with at least 15 overseas buyers at the fair, adding that “HKTDC’s professional service and business matching service has helped our expansion.”

Manoj Kumar, E Zone & Electronics Bazaar, Home Solutions Retail (India) Limited, said that he attended the Spring Edition in 2009 to see developments in the lighting industries that he could take home to India. The lighting fair gave him a peek at products that he could sell in 112 hypermarkets and more than 1,000 stores that his company has in India. “Coming here has certainly been worthwhile,” he said.

According to the HKTDC, “Hong Kong is a central element in the lighting world, making the city a perfect location for this event.” In 2008 alone, Hong Kong exported some US$1.4 billion in lighting products to Southeast Asia and emerging markets as far away as India, Russia, and Venezuela.

Aside from the lighting fair, the HKTDC will be simultaneously holding the Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) and the International ICT Expo making Hong Kong an essential destination for techies, engineers, and professionals in the electronics and communication fields as well.

Print ed: 02/10


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