Lightovation: The ‘Brightest’ Event in the Lone Star State

This past month, Danny Cortez and I were in Dallas for the bi-annual industry show, Lightovation, and we learned that everything, most definitely, is bigger in Texas! Lightovation is hosted at the, massively impressive Dallas Market Center which allowed for hundreds of vendors and manufacturers to meet and display their best and “brightest” products for the new year. Lightovation, already known as the industry’s largest trade event, upped the antsy this year by introducing a 15,000 square-foot showroom that featured an unprecedented range of new designs. This show was a great jumping off point for the upcoming year and a great preview of what can be expected from the industry!

In Dallas, we were supporting our manufacturers that had showrooms on display. Our partners, Pure Edge Lighting, BlackJack Lighting and Eurofase products on display in the showrooms at Lightovation and we had the opportunity to support them throughout the two-day event. We led discussions with our partners that surrounded showroom business and industry trends.

One trend that stole the spotlight were all the LED, energy saving, lighting options. Homeowners will be pleased to know that manufacturers had plenty of lighting options that were both eco-friendly and stylish! Showrooms were filled with LED, energy saving lighting trends that wouldn’t require homeowners to sacrifice design to be environmentally conscious.

Want to learn more about our time at Lightovation or our experience with showrooms? Email me at and be sure to check out photos from the show in the gallery below!

Introducing the SDLA Academy

We are so excited for all 2018 will bring…including the launch of our SDLA Academy training and education program! This isn’t like any ordinary training and education program.

We intend to be your one-stop-shop for all things lighting and lighting controls training! Whether you prefer in-person, classroom-style training, hands-on workshops, online/on-demand training, AIA/Continuing Education credits, etc., we have something for everyone.

Beginning in January, we’ll host free educational seminars and workshops in our new state-of-the-art office. The course offering will cover a wide variety of topics from a myriad of industry experts! An outline of the course topics for the first 6 months is listed below. We also want your feedback. If there is a pressing topic you’d like to learn more about, please do not hesitate to let us know. We have many resources we can pull from in order to meet your needs!

In-person course topics for the first 6 months include:

January 30, 2018: Daylighting and Tunable White Lighting Solutions for Human Satisfaction (presented by Acuity Brands VP/GM of Sunoptics) – 1 AIA CEU

February 22, 2018: Acoustic and Lighting Fixture Design (presented by Ken Downing, AIA, Luce Plan Lighting) – 1 AIA/HSW CEU

March 2018: nLight Lighting Controls – Wireless, Internet of Things Integration, BMS Integration, Tunable White, Revenue Grade Metering – Taking Lighting Control to the Next Level

April 2018: Visual Lighting Software Workshop

May 2018: Lighting for the Learning Environment – 1 AIA CEU

June 2018: Parking Garage Lighting Design, Lighting Control, and Life Safety Best Practices

A majority of the training sessions will be held during the lunch hour – we’ll provide the lunch! There will be a few exceptions for half-day trainings as well.

The new SDLA Academy is a great opportunity for people to achieve their required credits in-person, or for anyone looking to expand their industry knowledge in an engaging, hands-on way. Can’t make one of the trainings? Don’t worry, we’ve got a couple of options for you!

– We will be recording each session and housing it in a video archive on our online portal for you to view on-demand at your leisure.

– For those of you who still really want the in-person training, contact us and we can conduct the training at your office!

– We are the only lighting agency in San Diego that is an AIA approved provider of CEU presentations, so we can come to you to deliver these accredited presentations as well!

– Want even more? There will be a link to Acuity Brands’ online training and education portal called “Acuity Academy” from our website which houses many more on-demand training options!

The first session will cover the topic Light for Human Satisfaction and will be held on January 30, 2018, at 12:00 PM at our SDLA Training Center (5625 Ruffin Rd., Suite 100, San Diego, CA, 92123).  For more information and to register, go to our online portal!

Be sure to stay tuned for announcements on the future events and email me at with any questions!