The Lighting Show – NEC Birmingham

19 – 22nd January, 2014
NEC Birmingham, UK
Out of the dark and into the light...
Running within INTERIORS UK at the NEC in January 2014, the lighting show will mark the return of an industry event devoted entirely to all things lighting. No shared spaces, no mixed messages – the show will be distinctly lighting focused, bringing exhibitors into the INTERIORS UK spotlight.
The show will include several dedicated features, paying homage to a well-deserving industry renowned for its style and passion.

Now in its 50th year, this year’s Lighting Show will not only see the NEC transformed with the addition of a seminar theatre, VIP area and bar, but will also play host to a wealth of exhibitors, both new and returning, who will be introducing brand new products to the market between 19-22nd January.

First organised by the Decorative Lighting Manufacturers and Distributors Association (DLMDA) back in 1964, a wealth or heritage runs through the veins of the show. The 2014 edition is no different and will run from Hall 3 at INTERIORS UK, showcasing the latest in products and technology developments in the lighting industry.

Seminar Theatre

For the first time in the history of the exhibition the Lighting Show will feature its very own seminar theatre, which will welcome some of the industry’s most knowledgeable experts for a series of informative talks. Among many names already confirmed to be speaking are Mike Simpson, Technical & Design Director at Philips Lighting, who will be giving a seminar entitled ‘Lighting Trends and Innovations’. Other speakers include Jonathan Rush, Associate Lighting Designer at Hoare Lea, and Steve Allen of Connect Intelligence who will be speaking about ‘New Lighting Technologies’.

To encourage a business nurturing environment, the VIP area will be accessible to any visitor who is accompanied by an exhibitor and vice versa, creating the business buzz so integral to a lighting event.


The show will be working closely with the Lighting Industry Association (LIA), and will once again host the annual LIA awards – this time with a twist. For the first time in the renowned award ceremony’s history, the results will be decided by the event visitors, strengthening the customers’ experience and engaging them with our exhibitors.
Voting will launch two weeks before the show, with visitors being able to vote via social media as well as live at the event itself. The award ceremony will take place on the Wednesday with exhibitors and visitors able to attend, presenting an excellent networking opportunity and bringing exhibitors to the forefront of our visitors’ minds.
As a testament to the show’s relationship with the LIA, Peter Hunt, LIA’s CEO, will be making an appearance centre stage in the seminar theatre each day, to introduce the programme of focused seminars by industry experts. As Peter explains, “The Lighting Show was historically THE industry show for both designers and manufacturers of decorative lighting, and we are working hard alongside UBM to restore this well-loved event to its former glory. We are supporting the show every step of the way, and I would hope that the industry will do the same. It will be both a joy and a delight to once again have an event dedicated to our industry”.
To register for your complimentary pass to the event, please visit

Many fantastic lighting brands are already set to appear at the show, including brand new exhibitor More Than Bags. Mandy Beal, co-owner, spoke of her excitement to be joining the show for the first time: “We’ve chosen the Lighting Show at INTERIORS UK 2014 to launch our UK-made lighting range as it is the premier, specialist trade event of the year – there is always a great gathering of lighting specialists! We are very much looking forward to our unique lamps and shades being seen by key buyers in the industry.” Mandy also revealed that the brand will be exclusively launching a brand new range of embroidered paper lamp shades at the show. The shades, which are crafted from Lokta paper – a paper made from Daphne papyrus, a plant that can only be found at an altitude of 6500ft or more in the Himalayan mountains – are hand made and embroidered by hand, and buyers can customise their product according to size, shape and colour in order to create a bespoke item.

Clifton Lighting, distributer of several world-leading lighting brands, will be returning to the Lighting Show this year. The brand are proud to announce that they too will be unveiling brand new products to the market at INTERIORS UK, including 2 modular ranges from Venetian brand Metallux. These two ranges will have faultless chromation which will never become tarnished or discoloured – a promise that comes with a lifetime guarantee. Clifton will also be exhibiting new ranges from fellow Italian lighting brand Voltolina, including the brand new Murano fitting. The company also plan to unveil a new brand, for whom they will act as sole distributer, at the Lighting Show.

Also joining the stellar line-up at the Lighting Show is Scandinavian brand Nordlux, who will be exhibiting a wide range of products including their Modular Light shades, which are made from thick, sharply cut acrylic designed to give the look of glass. In addition, Albioncourt will be bringing their British designs to INTERIORS UK, including 1200mm drum lamp shades designed by Laura Oakes for a private client, as well as a brand new lighting range. Albioncourt will be exhibiting alongside a host of other popular lighting brands, including Illuminati, Oaks Lighting and Illuma to name but a few.

As an added bonus all LIA members will benefit from an exclusive offer as exhibitors at the show.

The Lighting Show will run from Hall 3 at INTERIORS UK, organised by UBM, at the NEC Birmingham from the 19-22nd January. To register for your complimentary pass to the event, please visit

UBM will also be putting together a dedicated industry white paper, which will include key information to help exhibitors conduct business in the UK, free to exhibitors of course!
Suzie Ager, Brand Director of UBM’s Interiors portfolio is heading up the launch, and had the following to say about this exciting new venture: “I am very pleased to be able to announce the re-launch of the Lighting Show to the industry. After being somewhat in the shadows for the past few years, the show will give our exhibitors a dedicated space of their own, with its own truly distinctive identity. With all of the extra features, lighting focused seminars, and an emphasis on new product design and emerging talent, we are sure that our visitors will have an amazing experience. An in depth and highly focused marketing campaign means we can now offer our exhibitors an opportunity like never before.”
For further information about The Lighting Show, please call Fiona Littler on 020 7921 8498 or email to

13 Nov