LEDucation 2022, held March 15-16 at the New York Hilton in midtown Manhattan, got universally high marks from the exhibitors and attendees Electrical Wholesaling visited with at the show. Many lighting folks at the event said they were “Zoomed-out” and quite happy to finally be meeting with customers face-to-face.
With more than 5,000 registrants for the show and close to 400 booths, the show floor was buzzing, particularly on the first day. LEDucation has a different format than LightFair in that the majority of exhibitors were in 6-ft tabletop booths, instead of LightFair’s often larger and occasionally extravagant booths. Some companies did have multiple tabletops, and in many cases New York area lighting reps had all of their vendors in the same aisle.
Randy Reid, executive director for the National Lighting Bureau, said vendors like to use the smaller booth format to focus on a carefully curated group of products. Reid reported in his Edison Lighting Report that more than 2,400 attendees were at the show on Day One. While the show draws primarily from the New York metropolitan area’s lighting community, exhibitors said they saw lighting designers and other lighting pros from other East Coast markets at the show.
LEDucation also featured more than 20 conference sessions that attendees could attend for CEU credit. LEDucation 2023 will be held March 7-8, 2023 at the New York Hilton.