the second annual architectural, retail, and corporate lighting trade fair, ARC 06, was held in London, February 13 to 14, displaying in its cross-section of exhibitors, sessions, and ancillary events an engaging balance between the technical and artistic aspects of the lighting profession.

ARC 06 saw an increase in the number of larger manufacturers compared to last year's show, including Erco, GE Lighting, and Philips. Not surprisingly, the general trend was toward expanded LED offerings, in particular high-powered and color-changing solutions. Philips and Color Kinetics introduced new LED products, while U.K.-based Philip Payne, a division of Thorlux Lighting that specializes in emergency egress lighting, introduced an LED-based architectural product, the Aveo line. This focus was also true for smaller manufacturers: Advanced LEDs is developing a solar-powered LED bollard.

In addition to these product exhibits, several London-based lighting designers and consultants (including Speirs and Major, Hoare Lea Lighting, Arup Lighting, and Maurice Brill Lighting Design) presented examples of their work in a dedicated gallery. The functional and artistic relationship between architecture and lighting was further explored in a continuously looping 15-minute short film, Made of Light. Conceived by Speirs and Major, the film focused on the conceptual and ephemeral aspects of lighting design. The 'London Lights' photo exhibition, which closed at the New London Architecture Center on January 21, was also on view at ARC 06. (See 'London Lights' above.)

A relatively smaller event in comparison with other lighting shows, ARC 06 nevertheless demonstrates a growing interest in information about lighting among design professionals worldwide, a need show organizers predict will continue, having already set dates for ARC 07: February 12 to 13, 2007. ad