Trending: LIGHTFAIR 2017

We recently traveled to Philadelphia to take part in Lightfair 2017! For three days, we roamed the show floor to meet with our valued manufacturers and see, first-hand, their latest and greatest product solutions!

If you read our last post about LFI predictions you’re probably wondering… Is what we saw what we predicted we’d see?

The short answer is yes! As expected, the main topics were wireless controls and IoT. Tunable lighting and the effect on health and behavior was also prevalent. Most of the speaking engagements were related to these topics or focused on a specific vertical market.

One thing we did not touch on in our predictions was architectural styles. We saw some major advancements in linear, extruded, suspended and recessed styles.  The competitive landscape has expanded in this category and it seems as if the next best architectural concept coupled with performance, service, and value is being well received in the marketplace.

So, what are we keeping our eye on with more to come in 2017?

Everyone jumped on a slightly different wireless controls bandwagon than we expected. It will be interesting to see just how each company’s different interpretation comes together to form a common ground. Stay tuned.  We’ll be covering this evolution on our blog throughout the year!

Trending: 2017 Lightfair Predictions

Lighfair 2017In less than 10 days, we’re heading out to Philadelphia for our industry’s largest trade show – Lightfair 2017 – and we have some pretty high expectations for the show this year.

The industry itself is experiencing a shake-up with collaborations, mergers and partnerships – from established veterans to start-ups and tech companies. Lighting is the tech space now more than ever. The demand for IoT integration and advancements in technology is helping drive this sea of change.

Here’s a peek at what we expect to see:

• IoT was the buzzword at the last show, where LFI even introduced its first-ever IoT Forum. But this year, it’s more than just buzz. We expect IoT to be more prevalent across the entire show floor in some way, shape or form.

• We will see some new players who were not part of the conversation last year show up with some significant technology advancements in a relatively short amount of time.

• For years we’ve known that lighting impacts health, but a lot of it has been concept, trial, testing and conjecture. With the advancements in LED technology, manufacturers are making our dreams of tunable lighting and controls, personalization and the impact of lighting on human health go from concept to reality.

We are especially excited to see what the Acuity Brands has in store for us this year! They have been pioneers in this revolution; we got a sneak peek last year in San Diego and there’s no doubt we will be seeing them take it to the next level this year in Philadelphia.

Across the board, technological advances in the industry are rapidly changing the landscape. There is still a lot to be done, but the theme now isn’t when these concepts will come to life. It’s how fast can we implement.