The Philadelphia Convention Center was home to the 30th annual LIGHTFAIR International Trade Show + Conference on May 19-23, 2019. Light, technology, knowledge, and design all connected at the largest architectural and commercial lighting show. This year, the show featured segmented pavilions with well over 500 exhibitors showing the best the lighting industry has to offer.
This year’s theme was "The Synergy of Light in Life," and you could see it come alive in the majority of the booths across the exhibition hall. Interactive booths displaying lighting solutions for every need, covering retrofits, specialty, architectural, horticulture (sort of, see below), controls, sports and entertainment, industrial, LEDs, outdoor, hospitality, signs, building integration, smart, solar lighting, and so much more!
Talking to manufacturers throughout the conference, we noticed a lot of them were focused on how they can help their reps and agents instead of just showing them new products. Supporting their internal and external sales teams as well as facilitating more regular communication with their distribution networks was at the top of the list when talking to reps and agents.
Horticultural lighting seems to be a very hot topic across the industry - especially with manufacturers and industry publications. However, we felt that it was very underrepresented at Lightfair this year. A few booths had very small displays with a few grow lights and potted plants.
You can read more on hort lighting here.
While there were six separate pavilions inside the conference, we felt the IoT and new exhibitor ones stood out the most.
Using the power of connectivity, IoT increases savings, gives you insight, and greatly increases efficiencies. We saw heat mapping, daylight harvesting, occ sensors and more. Having the conference dedicate an entire pavilion to this segment only validates how important IoT is right now.
New Exhibitor Pavilion
It’s always exciting to check out this pavilion! We found everything from landscape lighting to neon tube replacement lights. Wellbeing and human-centric lighting definitely took center stage at this pavilion as well as a new, quick way to measure light. These companies were from all over the world!