The design industry gathered last week, from March 31 to April 2, in Las Vegas for Lightfair International 2004, the annual tradeshow and conference dedicated to architectural and commercial lighting. In addition to the usual comprehensive list of exhibitors and sessions, the program included the newly introduced Daylighting Institute (March 29 and 30) and Daylighting Pavilion. Indeed, daylighting seemed to be a major theme throughout the show, as well as LEDs, which dominated the New Product Showcase, Lightfair's traditional kickoff event. (The winning product was an exterior LED-based linear luminaire that controls light pollution and trespass from io Lighting.)

In addition to the show floor and sessions, Lightfair is the backdrop for both the GE Edison Awards and the IALD Awards programs. This year, the Edison Award went to Joseph M. Good III, of Spectrum Engineers in Salt Lake City, for the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church at Skaggs Catholic Center in Draper Utah. The winner of the IALD's top Radiance Award was CKS International Airport in Taiwan by JK Yao of chroma33 Architectural Lighting Design. (For a complete list of winners, see the organizations' websites.)

Next year, the Lightfair Institute, trade show and conference will take place in New York City from Sunday April 10 through Thursday, April 14, 2005.