LIGHTFAIR International opened May 7 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, marking the 28th staging of the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference.
Retail Environments magazine is a media sponsor of LIGHTFAIR International (LFI) 2017. The pre-conference runs through May 8. The trade show and conference is May 9 to 11. More than 590 exhibitors will present the lighting and design industry’s latest innovations and newest concepts from the world’s leading manufacturers. Two brand-new pavilion—Intelligent Lighting and IoT—will display cutting-edge products and solutions showcased in product presentations featuring technology and connectivity innovations.
The trade show opens 9 a.m. on May 9. Preceding and setting the stage for the trade show opening, the LFI Innovation Awards on May 9 from 8 to 9 a.m. will highlight the industry’s most innovative products and designs introduced during the last 12 months.
LIGHTFAIR highlights include:
- Conference program, where lighting and design professionals learn about what’s on the horizon. The knowledge shared by top industry practitioners informs the global community of the newest discoveries and practices. Courses range from 60 minutes to 2 days in length and cover relevant topics while providing insight and inspiration from the industry’s top thought leaders. LIGHTFAIR will offer Spanish and Portuguese simultaneous translation for eight select seminars.
- IoT & Smart Lighting Forum on May 10 explores the benefits of connectivity that drive lighting and technology ahead. Session topics include connected lighting, intelligent buildings, facility design, cyber security, and city impact.
- Light & Health Forum on May 10 outlines the impact of light on biological health and well-being and addresses current issues such as the potential for blue light as a hazard. Sessions cover research, blue light, independent living facility design, 24-hour lighting environments and hospital lighting.
- Keynote luncheon on May 7 featuring Sakchin Bessette, who will elaborate on Moment Factory’s work that continues to “push the boundaries of excellence in new media and public art” with a presentation titled “Another Light.” On May 8 for “ART: Illuminating Cities,” Janet Echelman will discuss her work and attendees will find out more about her sculptures around the world. For the third keynote—a new addition to the 2017 LFI calendar—on May 9, Dr. Michio Kaku will present “The Next 20 Years: How Science Will Revolutionize Business, Medicine, Architecture, Lighting and Our Way of Life.”
New events in The HUB also bring together different groups of attendees to provide unique networking opportunities. Events include the Welcome to Philadelphia Reception on May 9, two young professional events on May 10 and a women in lighting series event “The Work/Life Balancing Act: Expectations & Communication across Generations” on May 11.
The New Exhibitor Pavilion will be a place to gather and enjoy refreshments while viewing the latest innovations from first-time exhibitors. There will be a special event each trade show day: Cocktail Hour (May 9, 4-5 p.m.), Philadelphia Snack (May 10, 3-4 p.m.) and Morning Mingle (May 11, 9:30-10:30 a.m.). Attendees can also enter to win prizes by logging five or more booth visits in the New Exhibitor Pavilion within the Pavilion Giveaway section in the LIGHTFAIR app.
For more information about LIGHTFAIR International visit the event’s website here.