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LightFair to move to biennial event schedule

16 January 2023

Biennial schedule shift beginning in 2023 is among the many highlights of a new strategic plan for the lighting industry’s leading event. The Premier Annual Event in Architectural and Commercial Lighting. 


LightFair, North America’s largest architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference, today announced it is transitioning to a biennial schedule beginning with the 2023 event, scheduled for May 21-25 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. As the major player in this vibrant space, LightFair’s updated schedule will better serve the industry’s manufacturing cycle, product marketplace and the overall needs of lighting professionals.

“The lighting industry has been shifting and we took an opportunity to reflect on what we offer and optimize our event in a way that better aligns with industry needs,” said Dan Darby, show director. “We’ve heard and felt the path of the industry moving and it’s important that we evolve with it. LightFair always has the best interest of our robust community of lighting professionals in mind, and we are excited for its brighter biennial future.”

The schedule change is part of an overarching strategic plan that LightFair’s management committee developed in response to the changing needs of lighting manufacturing and specification. This plan continues to position LightFair at the forefront of the industry, with exciting new features in 2023 including partnerships with NYCxDESIGN and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), immersive lighting installations, learning tours, audience expansion to include residential lighting professionals and more.

LightFair’s new biennial Conference and Trade Show schedule will allow attendees to continue to see the newest products during odd-numbered years, on a frequency that aligns with every-other-year manufacturing cycles. With this exciting shift, LightFair welcomes an increase in attendance from all segments of the industry, providing additional business opportunities for lighting designers, distributors, engineers and architects to come together to celebrate lighting innovation on its grandest scale.

Increasing attendance by 110% over the previous year, LightFair 2022 drew more than 10,000 people from 63 countries to source brand-new products, advance their knowledge and connect with other industry professionals. The 2023 edition is expected to continue this trend with a new strategic plan to dynamically expand the event in several ways.

The 2023 LightFair Trade Show and Conference will focus on future-shaping innovations and an incredible attendee experience driven by new product discovery, networking and on-floor education, Sunday, May 21 through Thursday, May 25, at the Javits Center in New York City.


Registration for LightFair 2023 opens February 1, with complimentary expo hall access for IALD and IES members.


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