A lighting professional needs to stay current on all the latest advancements in the area of illumination. Since conventions are a great way to not only learn a few things but also network with other professionals to discuss the trade, it makes sense to attend at least one convention a year, if possible. When it comes to conventions, the leader is definitely LightFair. This global operation draws the biggest names in the industry to present panels and demonstrations for the benefit of educating professionals.
The LightFair 2017 convention was a successful endeavor held this past spring in Philadelphia. With close to 28,000 people in attendance to experience a weekend full of exhibits and panels by over 500 of the industry leading manufacturers. The event was so in demand that it required 200,000 square feet of exhibit space under six pavilions to meet the needs of the event. Aside from the impressive space need, the other figures of this year’s event are also staggering and a testament to the success of this convention. For example, there were over 200 hours of state of the art education from accredited instructors, as well as 70 different courses spanning from 60 minutes to 2-day seminars. These courses were taught by over 140 accredited instructors to lead the way in such essential education for lighting professionals. The topics covered this year were vast and diverse to meet the needs of the various professionals in attendance. From matters such as roadway lighting and effective parking light solutions to non-luminous components and hardware suggestions, it is evident the topics were carefully chosen and thoroughly researched before being presented by industry experts.
Aside from the many opportunities for topic education, there were a lot of manufacturers displaying the latest products to give an inside look at what the next year of illumination holds. There were also networking events to help further foster new ideas in the industry. Overall, this event carefully blends the needs of ongoing professional development while staying abreast on the latest product innovations. Participants of this convention walk away with a better understanding of hard to grasp concepts, as well as brush up on the essentials needed to perform the job at full capacity.