March 10, 2024   

Light + Building 2024 Draws 151,192 Visitors

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The world’s largest lighting event pleased attendees and exhibitors from all over the world


The Light + Building 2024 event marked a significant rebound in the global lighting and building technology sector, drawing 151,192 visitors, of which 51% were from outside Germany, highlighting the event's international appeal. Despite the absence of previous large exhibitors such as Signify, Louis Poulsen, and FLOS, the event successfully attracted a diverse group of professionals, with a notable presence of North American attendees.

The exhibition featured 2,169 exhibitors, with a substantial 76% coming from outside of Germany.


The 2024 event witnessed a 68% increase in attendance compared to the 2022 edition, demonstrating the event's resilience and rebounding interest. However, the numbers still fell short of the pre-pandemic 2018 figures, which boasted 220,000 attendees.

Event organizers remain optimistic about the future, expecting that the positive reception of the 2024 event will entice more major players to return which could potentially push visitor numbers past the 200,000 mark once again in the 2026 edition.


Event Highlights

The event was celebrated for its showcase of innovation, particularly in the realms of sustainability and efficiency within the building sector. Exhibitors presented cutting-edge developments aimed at reducing emissions and contributing to climate goals, reflecting the industry's commitment to environmental responsibility.

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Zumtobel sets Guinness World Record

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Zumtobel, in collaboration with its Austrian partner Typico, set a new Guiness World Records title for the world's largest continuously illuminated ceiling. The record-breaking installation, known as CIELUMA, spans over 2180 square feet, offering a seamless luminous surface that mimics natural daylight. Following the fair, the modular components of CIELUMA will be repurposed for future lighting projects, highlighting the sustainability aspect of the installation.

Inside Lighting was unable to verify any information about any previous record holder in the category of world's largest continuously illuminated ceiling.

Wolfgang Marzin, President and CEO of Messe Frankfurt, expressed satisfaction with the event's atmosphere and the successful continuation of its legacy as the leading fair for the sector. The high level of visitor satisfaction, with 95% of attendees expressing extreme satisfaction and achieving 93% of their trade fair objectives, indicates the event's success in meeting industry needs.


With 151,192 visitors, Light + Building 2024 has set a positive course for the future, rebounding from the low points of the 2022 Autumn edition, which drew 93,000 visitors and followed a pandemic resurgence of a COVID variant that led to a postponement. The 2022 edition also coincided with the onset of conflict in Ukraine, occurring less than 1,000 miles away.

It appears that momentum for Light + Building is rebuilding, potentially laying the groundwork for another successful event in 2026.

Light + Building 2026 will take place from March 8 to March 13, 2026 in Frankfurt am Main.