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Update on LightFair's Move to Every-Other-Year Cycle

Oct. 26, 2022
Randy Reid of Edison Lighting Report and Al Uszynski of Inside Lighting offer some great insight into LightFair's big move.

Lots of industry chatter about LightFair's move to a biennial cycle starting next year in New York.  Get two very insightful takes on the decision by Randy Reid of and Al Uszynski of Inside Lighting. Randy and Al are two of the "wise men" in the lighting industry and you can always count on them  to provide some intriguing analysis on what's happening in the lighting market. A quick summary of the LightFair announcement is below, but to dig deeper into the impact of LightFair's decision check out what Randy and Al have to say in their posts.

LightFair is transitioning to a biennial event (every other year) schedule beginning with the 2023 event, scheduled for May 21-25 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York.

“The lighting industry has been shifting and we took an opportunity to reflect on what we offer and optimize our event in a way that better aligns with industry needs,” said Dan Darby, show director, in the press release. “We’ve heard and felt the path of the industry moving and it’s important that we evolve with it. LightFair always has the best interest of our robust community of lighting professionals in mind, and we are excited for its brighter biennial future.”

The schedule change is part of an overarching strategic plan that LightFair’s management committee developed in response to the changing needs of lighting manufacturing and specification. This plan includes new partnerships with NYCxDESIGN and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), immersive lighting installations, learning tours, audience expansion to include residential lighting professionals and more.

LightFair’s new biennial Conference and Trade Show schedule will allow attendees to continue to see the newest products during odd-numbered years, on a frequency that aligns with every-other-year manufacturing cycles.

“As one of the owners of LightFair, the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) is excited to embrace this new biennial cadence that we know will best serve our community in the years to come,” said IALD CEO Christopher Knowlton in the press release. “LightFair is evolving and we encourage our members to join us on this sensational journey.”

The LightFair 2022 event in Las Vegas in June  drew more than 10,000 people from 63 countries, a +110% increase over the attendance of the Oct. 2021 in New York that wrestled with COVID restraints.

Registration for LightFair 2023 opens Feb.  1, with complimentary expo hall access for IALD and IES members. Click here for more information on LightFair 2023.