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In just six short years, the Designers Lighting Forum of New York's LEDucation has grown from an intimate look at the latest in LED lighting options to a day-long regional seminar and table-top product showcase. This year, attendance was up 20 percent, with more than 2,000 attendees who came from all major cities along the Northeast corridor and beyond.

On view were the latest LED lighting products from more than 92 manufacturers that covered all aspects of luminaire design—light sources, components, and controls—and all application types. The table-top format allows designers to speak one-on-one with manufacturers and view some of the newest lighting technologies.

Educational seminars offered throughout the day provided both the novice and the expert an overview of the issues and the impact that the transition to solid-state lighting (SSL) is having on the industry. Department of Energy and Energy Star initiatives that promote SSL were presented by Naomi Miller of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Alex Baker from Energy Star. Lighting designer Nelson Jenkins moderated a panel of lighting designers and an interior designer who spoke to the specific issues involved in lighting jewelry stores. Chad Stalker of Philips Lumileds presented what the move to LED means in terms of digitalization. And a final panel of lighting designers and manufacturer representatives discussed the new possibilities that LEDs are creating for lighting controls. For more information about the event, go to