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Talk a walk into Illuminesca

Illuminesca is our exclusive annual business event for international retail fashion, lighting and design. The 2016 edition took place in London from 22nd – 23rd February, during London Fashion Week.


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Notoriously, this van toured the country lighting up some of the UK's most iconic landmarks, providing customers with a hands-on 'See what light can do' experience. It can still do all of these wonderful things but with a bonus can now be rented!

Philips Light Night - Surrey, UK

Light + Building


Philips Lighting recently brought together leading experts to inspire and engage fellow professionals as part of their speaker program at Light+Building. We’ve captured these insightful talks in a series of videos – so if you couldn’t make it to the show, here’s your chance to catch up on what you missed.


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Speaker Profiles

John Gorse, Technical Solutions Manager

John Gorse, Technical Solutions Manager


With 25 years experience in Lighting gained in the UK and Internationally, John is a leading industry commentator on matters both technical and commercial. He combines this knowledge in his role as Philips Technical Marketing Manager, covering all areas of Professional and Consumer Lighting Solutions. A Member of the Society of Light and Lighting (MSLL), he is also Chair of the LIA Lamps Technical Committee & sits on the LIA Technical Board, has a place on the Lighting Journal Editorial Board (ILP) and is Chair of Voltimum’s Lighting Experts Panel. He is proud to be a Philips LED ambassador.

Mike Simpson, Technical & Design Director

Mike Simpson, Technical & Design Director


Mike has been in the lighting profession for over 30 years in a variety of technical and design roles. He began his career with Philips in 1977, working in the company's lighting lab after graduating from South Bank University with a BSc Hons in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Mike has worked with the professional institutions in developing lighting guides and codes and presented many papers on lighting technology and its application. He is also leading the development of cross industry guidelines for LED products. Mike is currently a guest lecturer on the MSc in Light and Architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture and on the BA in Lighting Design at Rose Bruford College, Sidcup. In 2009-2010 Mike was President of CIBSE (Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers). The professional body is regarded as a standard setter and authority on building services engineering. Prior to this, he had been President of the Institution of Lighting Engineers and President of the Society of Light and Lighting.

Darren Smith

Darren Smith, National Key Account Manager – Strategic Design Partnerships Office Healthcare and Education


With 20 years’ experience gained in the Lighting industry, including roles in Business Development, Product Management and Product Design, Darren is a passionate ambassador for Innovative LED solutions. More recently, Darren has been actively involved in designing and delivering custom solutions for high profile projects, and the integration of new technologies into the market.

He has recently become a member of the Society of Light and Lighting (MSLL), held a position on the ICEL Technical Committee for 3 years and is a regular speaker at key Industry events.

Lauren Mees

Lauren Mees, Product Marketing Manager


Lauren is the Product Marketing Manager for Professional Indoor Lighting, and has a wide range of experience from extensive development opportunities since joining Philips Lighting on a technical graduate scheme in 2011. Since working at Philips she has worked in Custom Product Design, Lighting Design, and Solutions Design, gaining a diverse skillset from working alongside project managers, architects and designers on challenging projects in fast-paced working environments.

Lauren graduated with Honours from Product Design at Bournemouth University where she established her interest in product engineering and technology innovations, and is now working within the Marketing team to drive the professional lighting business with dedicated lighting products for the UK&I market.

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