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iSA Lighting Trend Show will be gathering the best Chinese lighting manufacturers to showcase their wares and network with the South African lighting industry this August. Taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre on August 16 and 17, from 10 am to 5 pm, the show, spread over 4 000 m2 with over 150 exhibitors, will focus on decorative lighting, LED lamps, outdoor lighting and solar lighting.

iSA Star Benefits of LEDsWhen you compare them to other energy-saving illumination methods that are available on the market today, you will find that LED lighting is by far the most power-saving and smart solution for illumination, and according to the organisers of the event, these are some of the main benefits of LED:

Long life

Long life time stands out as the number one benefit of LED lights. LED bulbs and diodes have an outstanding operational life time expectation of sometimes up to 100 000 hours.

This is 11 years of continuous operation, or 22 years of 50% operation. If you leave on the LED fixture for eight hours per day it would take around 20 years before you would have to replace the LED bulb.

Energy efficiency

They are today’s most efficient way of illumination and lighting, with an estimated energy efficiency of 80%-90% when compared to traditional lighting and conventional light bulbs. This means that about 80% of the electrical energy is converted to light, while 20% is lost and converted into other forms of energy such as heat.

The long operational life time acts as a multiplicator and helps achieve even more energy efficiency, especially large scale and when thinking in terms of urban infrastructure projects, such as cities, railroads and airports. Think of an airport using energy efficient LED lighting exclusively and achieving a 30% power consumption reduction in comparison with an airport using conventional lighting technology.

Because the long life span of LED lights, also the maintenance work – think of all the work and energy it would take to purchase, stock and change the conventional light bulbs of an airport – you’ll see that you can make significant energy savings also when it comes to maintenance and replacement due to the long operational life times of LED lighting.

Ecologically friendly

LED lights are free of toxic chemicals whereas most conventional fluorescent lighting bulbs contain a multitude of materials such as mercury which are dangerous for the environment. LED lights contain no toxic materials and are 100% recyclable, and will help you to reduce your carbon footprint by up to a third.

Durable quality

LEDs are extremely durable and built with sturdy components that are highly rugged and can withstand even the roughest conditions. Because LED lights are resistant to shock, vibrations and external impacts, they make great outdoor lighting systems for rough conditions and exposure to weather, wind, rain or even external vandalism, traffic related public exposure and construction or manufacturing sites.

Zero UV emissions

LED illumination produces little infrared light and close to no UV emissions. Because of this, LED lighting is highly suitable not only for goods and materials that are sensitive to heat due to the benefit of little radiated heat emission, but also for illumination of UV sensitive objects or materials such as in museums, art galleries, archaeological sites etc.

Design flexibility

LEDs can be combined in any shape to produce highly efficient illumination. Individual LEDs can be dimmed, resulting in a dynamic control of light, colour and distribution. Well-designed LED illumination systems can achieve fantastic lighting effects, not only for the eye but also for the mood and the mind: LED mood illumination is already being used in airplanes, classrooms and many more locations.

Operational in extremely cold or hot temperatures

LEDs are ideal for operation under cold and low outdoor temperature settings. For fluorescent lamps, low temperatures may affect operation and present a challenge, but LED illumination operates well also in cold settings, such as for outdoor winter settings and freezer rooms.

Light dispersment

LED is designed to focus its light and can be directed to a specific location without the use of an external reflector, achieving a higher application efficiency than conventional lighting. Well-designed LED illumination systems are able to deliver light more efficiently to the desired location.

Instant lighting and frequent switching

LED lights brighten up immediately when powered on, which has great advantages for infrastructure projects such as traffic and signal lights. Also, LED lights can switched off and on frequently and without affecting the LEDs lifetime or light emission. In contrast, traditional lighting may take several seconds to reach full brightness, and frequent on/off switching does drastically reduce operational life expectancy.


A low-voltage power supply is sufficient for LED illumination. This makes it easy to use LED lighting also in outdoor settings, by connecting an external solar-energy source and is a big advantage when it comes to using LED technology in remote or rural areas.

At the iSA Star Lighting Trend Show, products will be showcased from some of China’s top suppliers and manufacturers, including, amongst others, Kinglong Lighting, Victory Lighting, Aoqi Lighting, Paradise Lighting, Fulhao Lighting Ka Yuen Lighting, Ametaline Lighting, Hamlon Lighting, Mani Lighting, iMade Lighting, Langin Lighting, Sunfree Lighting, D&L Lighting, Dahen Lighting, KingLong Lighting, YueFeng Lighting and JinPai Streetlamp.

Ange Hua, from organisers iSA Lighting Trend Show, notes that visitors will be able to explore all facets of lighting at the show. “We will be showcasing everything from ceiling and pendant lighting to floor and table lights, including the latest in decorative LED commercial items. If you have particular lighting requirements, or are working on a special project, you will be able to connect with the right suppliers at this exhibition.

“We will be bringing many manufacturers from around the world to South Africa as we see huge potential in this market. Most of the exhibitors at the show are suppliers to famous international brands, and we look forward to introducing them to a new market in Africa,” says Hua.



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