LightFair to move to biennial event schedule

27th October 2022

(USA) – LightFair, North America’s largest architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference, is transitioning to a biennial event schedule, organisers have announced.

Commencing with the 2023 event, scheduled for 21-25 May at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, the updated schedule will, according to organisers, “better serve the industry’s manufacturing cycle, product marketplace and the overall needs of lighting professionals”.

Dan Darby, Show Director, said: “The lighting industry has been shifting and we took an opportunity to reflect on what we offer and optimise our event in a way that better aligns with industry needs.

“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 comes as part of an overarching strategic plan, developed by LightFair’s management committee in response to the changing needs of lighting manufacturers and specification. The plan includes new features for 2023, such as partnerships with NYCxDESIGN and ICFF, immersive lighting installations, learning tours, audience expansion to include residential lighting professionals and more.

The new biennial programme will run on a frequency that aligns with every-other-year manufacturing cycles. With the shift, LightFair is expecting to see an increase in attendance from all segments of the industry, providing further business opportunities for lighting designers, distributors, engineers and architects.

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

IES Executive Director Colleen Harper added: “The Illuminating Engineering Society remains committed to its mission to improve the lit environment by bringing together those with lighting knowledge and by translating that knowledge into actions that benefit the public. With this transformation, LightFair will continue to be a mainstay of the lighting industry, allowing us to work together as a community to connect, engage and inspire.”

LightFair 2023 will take place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York on 21-25 May. (Image: Ajay Suresh,