LIGHTFAIR International 2017 Moves Back To Philadelphia

In a surprise announcement today, LIGHTFAIR® International (LFI®)has confirmed that it will return to Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Convention Center in 2017 for its 28th-annual staging May 7—11.

Reported Last Year

EdisonReport has finally received written notification that LIGHTFAIR is moving back to Philadelphia in 2017, something we first published in November 2014 (LIGHTFAIR. New York and San Diego are Temporary; Back to Philly, Vegas.)

At the IES Annual Conference in Pittsburgh in 2014, there was much open talk from senior-level IES people that LIGHTFAIR would move back to Philadelphia in 2017 and back to Las Vegas in 2018.  One of our IES sources showed our US Editor a document stating these two facts.

After publishing the information we received a call from LIGHTFAIR that our information was not correct and we pulled the story.

Turns out our sources were right, at least on the Philadelphia portion.  We’ll see about Las Vegas in 2018.

It’s Official

According to Jeffrey L. Portman, Sr., vice chairman, president and chief operating officer of LFI managing partner AmericasMart® Atlanta, “Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Convention Center afford our global customer base a highly accessible and accommodating venue, well-scaled to the expanding space and service demands aligned with LFI’s continuing growth.  Our 2013 experience there was positive and productive.  We fully expect LFI’s 2017 showing to exceed those high marks,” Portman adds..

Produced annually alternately on the east and west coasts, LFI was last staged at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in 2013.  LFI’s 2017 return to Philadelphia will follow its 2016 showing in San Diego at the San Diego Convention Center, the event’s newest west-coast venue.  LFI’s San Diego event will run April 24—28, 2016.

LFI 2015 returned to New York after a 5 year absence during which time the Jacob Javits Convention Center underwent a massive refurbishment. This year broke all registration and trade-show records with double-digit growth marking the largest staging in its history.  It set an all-time trade show floor record with 268,580 net square feet housing 599 exhibitors.  Registration grew to 29,900, a 15% gain over the previous record set in 2014, with representatives from 89 countries. This leads many to question why the organisers have decided to move back to Philiadelphia after such a triumphant return to New York.

For LIGHTFAIR International 2017, the Pre-Conference program will take place in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Sunday, May 7 – Monday, May 8 and the LFI Trade Show and Conference will run Tuesday, May 9 – Thursday, May 11.  For more information about LIGHTFAIR International, please visit LIGHTFAIR.COM.

By Julie Allen

17 Aug