LightFair lights up Vegas with vibrant energy and booming business
Light Fair 2022 brought together thousands of lighting industry professionals in person last month for a hugely successful conference and trade show. The industry’s largest annual lighting event took place June 19-23 at Las Vegas Convention Centerattracting over 10,000 attendees for five days of intense activity, valuable networking and boundless energy.
“LightFair has proven once again how important it is for the lighting industry to connect under one roof – this event is where emerging technologies are discovered, lighting trends are communicated and industry news is revealed,” said Dan Darby, show manager. “LightFair is the pinnacle of the latest in lighting technology, education and industry focus, and the 2022 edition was a great success.”
LightFair 2022 attendees traveled from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, DC, Guam, Puerto Rico, and 62 international countries to visit 331 show exhibitors and participate in 41 conference sessions.
Positivity on the Show Floor
LightFair was inundated with attendees as soon as the doors opened, with many business conversations starting mere seconds after entering. Exhibitors, specifiers and designers reported quality business occurring shortly after day one at the show, which continued through day three.
The show is an important annual platform for industry collaboration, according to Susie Minton, director of marketing at HK Lighting.
“LightFair is a time for us in the industry to be able to come together and collaborate, whether it’s training our agents and giving them the opportunity to talk with us, see our new products, touch and feel and become the top of remember, or whether it’s working with a designer who has a specific project they might seek advice on,” Minton said.
Jeff Croskey, CEO of ALW Lighting, said LightFair 2022 exceeded company expectations.
“The crowd was amazing, and many of our specifiers, lighting designers and architects came out,” Croskey said.
In addition to finding new products and learning from industry professionals, LightFair serves as a central meeting point where lighting industry partners make major company announcements. Current, formerly GE Current, a Daintree company, announced its acquisition of Hubbell Lighting at LightFair 2021 and unveiled the new branding at the 2022 edition.
“In 2021 we announced the acquisition of our business at LightFair with great success, so it was an obvious decision to choose LightFair 2022 as the venue to unveil our new brand image as Current,” said Jim Benson , Vice President, Marketing and Corporate Communications at Current. . “We knew working with the LightFair team would ensure that our news would once again get the widespread industry recognition and coverage it deserves.” in the Designery, LightFair Live, Tek Talks and the Outdoor Exchange.
Co-owners of LightFair, Lighting engineering company (IES) and International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), were also satisfied with the 2022 edition of LightFair.
“LightFair is an important place to reconnect with colleagues, meet new people, see products and see what’s happening in the market,” said Chris Knowlton, CEO of IALD. “Lighting designers are really good at designing, and LightFair gives them access to the tools to do it right.”
Colleen Harper, Executive Director of IES, said her first experience at LightFair was impressive.
“I enjoyed meeting so many IES members and getting to know the great lighting community,” said Harper. “We were delighted with the level of traffic to the show, and the feedback we received on the rest of the event was overwhelmingly positive. IES is already very excited about the plans underway for next year.
Top-notch conference content
Engaged lighting professionals learned about the latest advances and strategies at LightFair’s 41 conference sessions, where more than 4,000 seats were filled, with most courses exceeding 100 attendees and some attracting over 250.
Attendee Cristalle Lamoure, Segment Manager at HP, applauded the lectures.
“The sessions were great,” Lamoure said. “I’ve heard about everything from sustainability to the behind-the-scenes experiences of lighting designers. It really helps me assess how we can be part of the lighting industry.
Attendees took to social media to share their positive experiences with LightFair’s lighting education.
Electric company Aetna Corp. posted the following on Twitter:
“LightFair 2022 in Las Vegas was rich in experiences of networking, learning and innovation. Trade shows are always a great place to see what’s new, but the conference and learning portion of LightFair really sets it apart.
Light Fair 2023 will take place from May 21 to 25 at New York’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The 2023 edition will take place during NYCxDESIGN Week and inaugurates its joint location with the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF).
LightFair, the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference, is owned by IALD and IES and produced and operated by International Market Centers.