Philadelphia's downtown skyline
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the annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference has announced that for 2017 it will return to Philadelphia for its 28th iteration, taking place May 7 -11. The show alternates each year between the east and west coasts and for more than a decade had been switching between New York and Las Vegas as its chosen locations. However, during the 2011 and 2013 east coast cycles, while its New York City venue, the Jacob K. Javits Center, was undergoing renovation, the show moved to Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Convention Center, which proved a favorable locale. Next year, Lightfair (LFI) will also change up its west coast home and try out San Diego when the show takes place April 24 – 28, 2016. 

“Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Convention Center afford our global customer base a highly accessible and accommodating venue, well-scaled to the expanding space and service demands aligned with LFI’s continuing growth,” said Jeffrey L. Portman, Sr., vice chairman, president and chief operating officer of Lightfair’s managing partner AmericasMart Atlanta in a prepared statement. “Our 2013 experience there was positive and productive. We fully expect LFI’s 2017 showing to exceed those high marks.”