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Lightfair fosters connections and encourages education at 2023 trade show and conference

25 July 2023

Over its 5-day run, LightFair registered more than 11,500 attendees from across the world for education, discovery and networking at its 2023 Trade Show and Conference, May 21-25, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

“Lightfair lit up New York City, with over 100 well-received Conference sessions, 30+ exhibit floor educational opportunities and 320+ Tradeshow exhibits,” said Dan Darby, show director. “LightFair continues to raise the bar for breadth and depth of education and exhibits, cementing its place in the lighting industry calendar as a must-attend event.”

In 2023, LightFair attendees hailed from across the nation and around the world, including representation from 70 countries and 49 states along with crossover attendance from the co-location with the International Contemporary Furniture Fair and partnership with the city-wide design festival, NYCxDesign. The expanded 2023 on-floor events and education at LightFair, which were developed by LightFair co-owners the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), drew attendees eager to learn and discover the latest design and outdoor trends and enjoy networking and tours. Among 2023 highlights were the introduction of the first-ever Immersive Lighting Installations (ILIs), which encouraged attendees to consider new ways to utilize lighting for different projects and added a more design-focused element to the show floor.



The LightFair Conference offered over 100 sessions for the first time ever, with educational programming by the IES. The sessions, which ranged in length from 60 minutes to full-day, were well attended and received high acclaim for the breadth and depth of lighting topics and presenters.


Lightfair 2025

Beginning with LightFair’s 2023 edition, the Trade Show and Conference has transitioned to a new biennial cadence.  Dates and location for the 2025 edition, as well as interim activities in between biennial markets, will be announced following a post-show survey of 2023 exhibitors and attendees.


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