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Lightfair conference at New York on February 2023.

LightFair 2023

Lightfair, North America’s largest architectural and commercial lighting trade show. It announced it is transitioning to a biennial schedule beginning with the 2023 event. It is scheduled for May 21-25 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York.

Lighting fair

Firstly, the schedule change is part of an overarching strategic plan. LightFair’s management committee developed in response to the changing needs of lighting manufacturing and specification.

Secondly, the plan positions LightFair at the forefront of the industry. It will have new features in 2023 including partnerships with NYCxDESIGN and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF).

Conference and trade show

LightFair’s new biennial Conference and Trade Show schedule will allow attendees to continue to see the newest products.

In addition, it welcomes an increase in attendance from all segments of the industry. Moreover, it will provide additional business opportunities for lighting designers, distributors, engineers, and architects. They will come together to celebrate lighting innovation on its grandest scale.

“The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) remains committed to its mission to improve the lighted environment by bringing together those with lighting knowledge and by translating that knowledge into actions that benefit the public,”


 IES Executive Director, Colleen Harper.


“With this transformation LightFair will continue to be a mainstay of the lighting industry, allowing us to work together as a community to connect, engage and inspire.”

Moreover, 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.

Also, the 2023 edition is expected to continue this trend with a new strategic plan to dynamically expand the event in several ways:

Circular Economy

Four manufacturer teams will be matched with a New York-based lighting design firm to create these interactive, vibrant installations based on the 2023 theme: Circular Economy.

The Design Pavilion will be re-imagined as the IALD Designery. This will be home to insightful panel discussions, town hall-style member meetings, and student events.

Additionally a partnership with NYCxDESIGN will highlight the best lighting design in the city, with experiential studio tours and a panel discussion at The Designery.

Also, the LightFair LIVE stage will have a new name, IES Live, and new programming. It will include 3D light fixture printing; meetups with LightFair Conference speakers; a Shark Tank-style sales competition and special Q&A sessions.


IES will also lead the LightFair 2023 Conference with a robust program anchored around inclusivity. It will celebrate multidisciplinary interconnections within lighting and beyond. Conference presenters and topics will cover five broad themes: Business, Process, Art, Science, and Technology.

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

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