The 24th edition of LIGHTFAIR International (LFI) set new all-time attendance and trade show records for its five-day run in Philadelphia, PA from April 21-25, according to Jeffrey L. Portman, Sr., president and chief operating officer of LFI managing partner AMC, Inc.
The LFI 2013 trade show floor covered a record 233,850 net sq. ft. and spotlighted 538 exhibitors, including 91 first-time exhibiting companies and 90 manufacturers headquartered outside the U.S.
Attendance broke all previous records with 26,026 professional attendees registered. The LFI 2013 attendee population included representatives from 79 countries.
LFI is the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference. It is sponsored by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) and produced by AMC.
The trade show featured the addition of two new product categories—solar power and software; the debut of the Exterior & Roadway Lighting Pavilion; and the expansion into Hall F of the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
The new Exterior & Roadway Lighting Pavilion and new conference track helped to advance the LFI 2013 performance with a focus on products and innovations specific to environmental lighting.
Hall F featured a well-known lineup of exhibitors and gave attendees convenient access to extensive new product resources, a networking schedule in the Spotlight Lounge, the LFI Media Marketplace, and in-hall broadcasts from LFI NEWS.
Highlighting the LFI 2013 performance was the LFI Innovation Awards, which received 307 submissions from 156 different companies and spanned 15 categories that were judged by an independent panel of lighting professionals. Winning entries exemplified the best in innovative design and thinking. For a full list of the LFI Innovation Awards submissions and winners, visit www.lightfair.com/lightfair/V40/lia/.
The LFI Conference offered 66 accredited courses and 200-plus hours of educational programming covering topics in retrofitting, daylighting, LEDs, Net Zero, lighting design, controls, energy efficiency, exterior and roadway lighting, solar power and more.
Institute Keynote James Ramsey, principal of RAAD and the creator of the Lowline, shared the context and challenges of his concept for the creation of an underground garden in New York. Show Keynote Vinod Khosla presented a cleantech investor’s perspective on how innovative approaches to lighting will transform this industry into potentially one of the most high-tech, creative and impactful sectors of the economy.
LFI Mobile App usage increased nearly 10 per cent over last year, and the app offered enhanced features to assist attendees with a personalized schedule, tools to easily and quickly navigate the trade show floor and quick access to important event information. It was also one of the ways that attendees could enter the grand prize giveaway.
For LFI 2013, the pre-conference program took place from Sunday, April 21 – Monday, April 22, 2013 and the LFI Trade Show and Conference from Tuesday, April 23 – Thursday, April 25, 2013. For more information about LIGHTFAIR International, visit www.lightfair.com