Experts estimate that GCC countries could save as much as $400m in energy bills and 5.1 megatonnes of CO2 emissions annually by switching to LED lighting technology.
The trend towards using LED and CFL technology is being seen in many of the large-scale infrastructure projects in the region such as the Yas Hotel and Marina, the Sheikh Zayed Mosque and the upcoming Dubai Waterfront.
“Going by current trends in the region, there is a lot of interest in the latest developments in the lighting design and technology fields, especially with regard to its impact on the environment and potential for energy and cost savings,” said Ahmed Pauwels, chief executive officer, Epoc Messe Frankfurt.
“The global lighting market is currently going through tremendous changes. Increased efficiency standards, a growing concern with energy efficiency and breakthroughs in the LED sector are all factors that are affecting the market,” he added.
These trends are underlined in the latest analysis from IMS Research, which indicated that the world lighting market in 2010 was worth $83bn, with lamps making up 24% of the total. By 2015, the value of the market will surge to $115bn, with lamps making up 33% of the total.
According to the findings, this market growth is driven by advancements in LED technology, which are increasing their efficiency, while decreasing their overall price. Currently, LEDs make up 10% of the total lighting market but by 2015, this is expected to increase to 46%.
With green lighting being increasingly used in the Gulf, Light Middle East 2011 will focus on the latest trends and developments that are affecting both the worldwide industry and the Middle East market.
Some exhibitors at the show will be GE Lighting, Ruud Lighting Arabia, Thorn and Zumtobel brands from The Zumtobel Group, Future Electronics, who hold an exclusive worldwide agreement with Philips Lumileds, Schreder Gulf LLC and OSRAM.
The three-day programme includes Green Middle East, Light Insight Arabia Conference, a Lighting Masterclass and an Introduction to Lighting Workshop.
A new feature is the Best in Class lighting competition sponsored by General Electric. A selection of graduating students will show creative solutions in two different competition categories: façade lighting and energy saving lighting products. The best designs will be presented at Light Middle East with the prize to include a visit to Light+Building, Frankfurt next April.
Light Middlle East 2011, which will run from September 12-14 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, and will be inaugurated by the UAE Minister for Economy, HE Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori.