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Visitors in a fair hall of Light + Building

Special shows & awards

Special shows bring the technical input to life and invite visitors to actively engage with it.

Designplus by Light + Building

As an international trend show, the Designplus Award by Light + Building honors innovative products, pioneering systems or ideas from the entire product spectrum of the world's leading trade fair for lighting and building services technology.

Fair visitors at Designplus by Light + Building

Organizer: Messe Frankfurt in cooperation with Stylepark
Date: 03. – 08.03.2024

By participating in the Designplus Award by Light + Building, Messe Frankfurt offers exhibiting companies the exclusive chance to shine the spotlight on their ideas. Together with the new partner Stylepark, magazine & platform, for architecture and design, an extensive programme has been organized for the award winners, including a special show, awards ceremony and communication programme.

Four new categories have been developed to cover the entire spectrum of Light + Building:

  • Light + Creation PLUS
  • Sustainability + Efficiency PLUS
  • Smart + Connectivity PLUS

With the additional category "Sustainable Exhibition Stand", Messe Frankfurt is for the first time offering a platform to those companies that have integrated and implemented the topic of sustainability as an essential component of their stand concept and at the same time promote environmental responsibility in connection with trade fairs.

The Designplus Award jury is made up of experts who are very familiar with the top themes at Light + Building. From technical luminaires to lighting components and smart building automation to security technology - the Designplus Award will be presented among all exhibition areas of Light + Building 2024 and will put the winners in the spotlight during a festive award ceremony.

As a benchmark for the industry, participation in the renowned Design Award opens up a unique opportunity for companies to adequately position new products and ideas on the market. In addition to the award ceremony, the winners will be the exclusive focus of visitors and exhibitors in a prominently positioned special area, and the award-winning products will be presented in parallel in an online gallery with images and text.

Be there and register by 24 January 2024 – we are looking forward to exciting products, many submissions and an inspiring competition!


Facts & Figures

Entries can be submitted from all exhibition areas of Light + Building 2024:

  • Technical luminaires, technical design-oriented luminaires, decorative luminaires
  • Lighting components, light sources, lighting control systems
  • Home and building automation
  • Security technology
  • Light + Creation PLUS
  • Efficiency + Sustainability PLUS
  • Smart + Connectivity PLUS
  • Sustainable Exhibition Stand

Entries will be judged by the jury based on the digitally submitted product images and/ or renderings. There is also the possibility to submit explanatory videos of the products digitally.

Application deadline: 24 January 2024

Jury meeting: 2 February 2024

Award ceremony: 3 March 2024

Light + Building and exhibition: 3 - 8 March 2024

Light + Building Trends 2024+25

Organizer: Messe Frankfurt in cooperation with Stilbüro bora.herke.palmisano
Date: 03. – 08.03.2024
Location: Design Plaza; Hall 3.1 F91 +F81

Another highlight to be found at the Design Plaza and in the immediate vicinity is the designer team of Stilbüro bora.herke.palmisano. In lectures, the team’s trend experts will offer insights into social influences and developments that could impact on the design of luminaires in the 2024/25 season. An accompanying trend presentation will show how these factors are reflected in specific colours, materials and shapes.



Light + Building Trend "Welcome Tomorrow"

WELCOME TOMORROW combines magical lighting effects, fascinating designs with advanced technologies. The designers and developers ingeniously explore the innovative possibilities and create visionary designs. With stunning visual and illusory effects such as reflections, movement, unreal colour glow as well as sensory lighting effects, they create a hypnotic, supernatural aesthetic. Craftsmanship and sophisticated technologies come together consistently in the trendsetting designs.


Light + Building Trend "Embrace Simplicity"

EMBRACE SIMPLICITY looks at the ever-growing awareness of beneficial designs and quiet arrangements. New design approaches open the view for holistic considerations: sustainable, functional and emotional are the results. Pure, natural, with structural and material sincerity, the authentic luminaire designs and the sustainable material developments are always associated with a story. Here, quality craftsmanship is just as much in focus as natural materials, imaginative experiments with alternative materials, modern manufacturing technologies and an unerring sense for the useful and the emotional.


Light + Building Trend "Create Uniqueness"

CREATE UNIQUENESS unleashes the special, the "one of a kind", the incomparable. Here, diverse and special designs with a distinctly unique character come together in an eclectic mix. Striking shapes, expressive surfaces, unconventional designs - the interiors look like a select, curated collection of artistic pieces. The use of very different materials, which come together in unexpected, contrasting combinations, is also eye-catching. The spatial effects are charismatic: vintage appeal combines with clean modernity, craftsmanship with a free-spirited expression. In an inspiring dialogue between industry and craftsmanship, distinctive designs and stimulating compositional ideas emerge.

“The Light + Building trends 2024_25 take up the groundbreaking developments in the lighting sector and show a broad spectrum of resource-efficient manufacturing techniques, durable materials, traditional craftsmanship as well as modern, digital manufacturing technologies. The latest products meet sophisticated and specific design requirements and show the dialogue between the individual, the room and its lighting."


E-House of the Electrical Trades:

The building of the future is intelligent and networked


Organiser: ZVEH (Central Association of the German Electrical and Information Technology Trades)

Date: 03. – 08.03.2024

Location: Hall 11.0 C07/D07

The E-House of the electrical trades shows an impressive selection of smart functionalities and innovative building technologies on 100 square metres and thus not only provides a glimpse of what a sustainable and energy-efficient building could look like in the future. The model house also illustrates the wide range of services offered by the electrical trades, which have long included the installation of future technologies such as photovoltaics (PV) and heat pumps.

Regardless of whether the aim is to increase the energy efficiency of a property, improve living comfort or make your own four walls more secure – the E-House is the model house for smart living. In the E-House, state-of-the-art functions can be experienced in a playful way, as almost everything can be tried out here – from the intelligent lighting control system to the building's own energy management system and the kitchen cabinets that can be lowered by voice control to the sensor floor that registers falls and automatically calls for help. Yet what is being shown is not dreams of the future, but has long been technically feasible.

Trade fair visitor e-house

An important focus in the E-House in 2024 will be on the topics of "energy efficiency" or "sustainable energy supply" and "smart health". Among other things, an integrated energy management system will be on show, which incorporates the PV system, storage system and heat pump as well as charging infrastructure for e-mobility and controls the energy flows in the house according to the individual requirements of the residents.

The integration and sustainable use of renewable energies plays a central role in this. For example, the washing process of the washing machine is only started when sufficient solar power is available and the e-car has already been fully charged. Innovative functionalities can also be seen in the smart health area, such as a breathing air control for diabetes patients with alarm function, which ensures that help is quickly on the spot when critical values are reached at night.

Come and see for yourself at the E-Haus of the electrical trades in Hall 11.0 (Stand C07/D07).

Focus on innovative technologies and digital solutions: BTGA at Light + Building 2024

BTGA (The Federal German Industrial Association for Building Services and Technical Installations) will be presenting pioneering technologies and solutions in the field of technical building services at Light + Building 2024.

The focus will be on digitalisation in plant engineering. Visitors are invited to experience the diversity of the BTGA and its member companies at the booth (Hall 11/Portalhaus, level Via, stand B02).

Building Information Modeling (BIM): BIM by BTGA


The "BIM Cave" is at the centre of the trade fair presentation. A BIM cave enables all those involved in the construction process to check their designs in an immersive and realistic environment, make design decisions and view the construction project from different angles.

To bring the BIM Cave to life at Light + Building, the BTGA trade fair stand itself will become a BIM model. This involves creating a 3D building model for the BIM process. Visitors to the association's stand will have the opportunity to experience BIM live and discover the benefits of this digital planning method.

Lectures with discussion
At its stand, BTGA will also be offering a platform for specialist presentations and discussions in which experts from the industry will present current developments, challenges and examples of best practice.

ZVEI Forum
BTGA will be represented at the ZVEI Forum on 6 March 2024. The Technology Forum is a platform for professional dialogue between exhibitors and visitors. The focus of the presentations and discussion rounds will be on the electrification and digitalisation of the building sector.