A view of the trade show floor during Lightfair 2012 in Las Vegas. Credit: Elizabeth Donoff
A view of the trade show floor during Lightfair 2012 in Las Vegas. Credit: Elizabeth Donoff

Lightfair (lightfair.org) is just two weeks away (less if you consider the start of the pre-conference workshops). The show organizers continue to work extremely hard to bring the lighting community a dynamic and engaging trade show and conference with a variety of product displays, information resources, and educational opportunities. Here are a few things to be on the lookout for as you plan your agenda for the 2013 show. 

Over the past few years, Lightfair has introduced a series of pavilions-Building Integration, Daylighting, Design, Global Light + Design, and New Exhibitor-on the trade show floor to provide attendees with concentrated areas of product offerings grouped together by similar typology. This year Lightfair continues the process and is introducing an Exterior & Roadway Lighting Pavilion, which will feature products that focus onenvironmental lighting. Solar power and software are two more product categories that will have a debut at Lightfair 2013. Look for these manufacturer displays in Hall F. 

Hall F will also be the location for Lightfair’s networking and special events, and the location of the Spotlight Lounge. The Spotlight Lounge will host several tradeshow-floor educational opportunities including a panel discussion with lighting designersPaul Marantz and Paul Gregory on Tues. Apr. 23 at 3:00 p.m. The title of their talk is Creating the Dream Project: From Vision to Reality.”And on Wed. Apr. 24 at 2:00 p.m., also in the Spotlight Lounge, venture capitalist Vinod Khosia ofKhosla Ventureswill discuss “Opportunities for Lighting in the Cleantech Revolution.” For a full lineup and up-to-date listing of networking events make sure to visit Lightfair’s networking and Special Events section on their website:http://www.lightfair.com/lightfair/V40/index.cvn?id=10319 

Lightfair is also embracing the international makeup of the attendee base and for the first time will offer a seminar in Spanish. On Tues. Apr. 23 at 2:00 p.m., lighting designers Lucrecia Blanco and Victor Palacio will present “El Balance entre un Diseño de Iluminación Creativo y las Soluciones Técnicas.”

Lightfair 2013 promises to be busier than ever. According to the show organizers there will be more than500 exhibitors covering 200,000 net square feet of exhibition space, and more than 80 first-time exhibitors. On the workshop and seminar front there will be a total of 66 course offerings representing more than 200 hours of educational content. 

If you are not completely exhausted by the end of the first full day of the trade show, you can stop by Lightfair’s evening celebration on Tues. Apr. 23 called LightFEST. And Lightfair’s mobile app will help you navigate your way day-by-day with show news, an interactive floor plan, and conference details. Whether you are a student, a lighting design professional, an architect, or a manufacturer, there is sure to be something of interest for you during this annual gathering of the lighting community.