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LightFair 2020 Canceled Due To Ongoing Coronavirus Concerns
April 3, 2020

The May 3-7, 2020 LightFair trade show and conference, previously announced as postponed, are now canceled reports the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and International Market Centers (IMC). The next LightFair will be in May 2021 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York during NYCxDESIGN – New York Design Week. LightFair returns to the Las Vegas Convention Center in June 2022.

“Since its inception 31 years ago, LightFair has represented a true collaboration and symbiotic partnership between IALD, IES and its managing partner,” said Dan Darby, show director. “The feedback we received from IALD, IES, exhibitors and attendees is that a trade show and conference in 2020 during the available summer dates are not feasible. The overwhelming response is a desire to preserve resources to invest in an even stronger 2021 event. We are embracing that counsel and will present the preferred marketplace for commercial and architectural lighting and the most comprehensive training for lighting design and technology professionals again next year in New York and the following year in Las Vegas.”

Plans are currently underway to present some elements of the 2020 show, including the conference and the 2020 LightFair Innovation Awards, in an online format. Attendees will also receive communications about options for previously paid 2020 conference and trade show access fees. Additional updates from LightFair will be available online at

LightFair 2021 will showcase new innovations in lighting design with more than 500 top manufacturers and more 200 hours of accredited educational courses in May 2021. The trade show and conference join New York City’s annual celebration of design, NYCxDESIGN, as part of the reimagining of the attendee experience, which sees new programming and amenities plus a new trade show layout and streamlined conference. Attendees will have access to both the LightFair and co-located International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) trade show floors plus additional events taking place across the five boroughs. Site selection for LightFair 2021 will begin in May 2020 and attendee registration will open in early 2021.

LightFair will return to the West Coast June 21-23, 2022 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. “In our discussions about the 2020 show, exhibitors and attendees reiterated the importance of a West Coast event and their preference for staging it in Las Vegas,” adds Darby. “We have committed to maintaining an annual trade show and conference, and to bring them back west to serve the thousands of designers, manufacturers, association members and students from across the region.”

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LightFair 2020 Canceled Due To Ongoing Coronavirus Concerns
April 3, 2020

The May 3-7, 2020 LightFair trade show and conference, previously announced as postponed, are now canceled…

New Standard 70 Helps in Estimating Hydraulic Properties of Groundwater Systems
April 3, 2020

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) recently announced that their newest standard, Estimation of Aquifer Hydraulic Properties by Inverse Numerical Modeling of Aquifer Pumping

Soil Fertility Monitor May Benefit Agriculture
April 1, 2020

Development of a rugged continuous electronic monitoring device to detect soil fertility in farm fields could be a boon to agriculture…

New Materials Developed For Improved Single-atom Catalysis and Future Electronics
April 1, 2020

Researchers at Penn State and Purdue University have developed new materials for improved single-atom catalysis and future electronics.

Comprehensive Overview of Wind Loads Provisions Provided
March 31, 2020

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) recently announced that Wind Loads: Guide to the Wind Load Provisions of ASCE 7-16 provides a comprehensive overview of…

Wireless Sweat Sensor That Detects Stress Levels Produced
March 31, 2020

Wei Gao, assistant professor of medical engineering at Caltech, has produced a wireless sweat sensor that can accurately detect levels of cortisol…

Study Focuses On Better Management Of Reservoir And Dam Systems
March 30, 2020

Researchers seek to develop a better understanding of reservoir-dam system management.

AHRI Cancels Spring 2020 Meeting
March 30, 2020

Status of ongoing coronavirus crisis is contributing factor.

Transcribing The Brain’s Complex Dynamics
March 27, 2020

Just as notes and harmonies can be mapped onto sheet music, Pequito, an assistant professor of industrial and systems engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is looking to…

Future Climate On Plants Studied
March 27, 2020

Prof. Reddy and colleagues started to wonder if the way plants respond to conditions like drought will change when there is more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

New Ultra-Low Power Wi-Fi Radio Developed
March 26, 2020

The device, which is housed in a chip smaller than a grain of rice, enables Internet of Things (IoT) devices to communicate with existing Wi-Fi networks using…

New Rocket Engine May Enable Cheaper, Lighter Spacecraft
March 26, 2020

A new type of engine — called a rotating detonation engine — promises to make rockets not only more fuel-efficient but also more lightweight and less complicated to construct.

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