Today, we celebrate our LightFair blog turning two. Albeit a small milestone, it is one we are proud of and grateful for. Thank you for your support, and for celebrating with us.
When we launched the blog in 2021, our goal was to create a platform for the lighting community to express and experience different viewpoints, share project stories, discuss case studies, learn about other leaders and industry peers doing inspiring work, explore topics that impacted the lighting community be it trends and innovations, advocacy, diversity, equity and inclusion, the environment, sustainability or behind-the-scenes glimpses of an upcoming LightFair in the making. We wanted the blog to educate, inspire, inform and bring ideas and people together, much like LightFair does.
Today, with nearly a 100 unique blog posts, 35+ contributors from the lighting industry and several ongoing content collaborations with leading design and architectural firms and associations, our blog continues to grow in every respect and inspire the lighting community. It serves as a source of information and insights about the latest trends, innovations, and developments in the lighting industry. In curating stories for the blog, we collaborate with industry experts and strive to provide content that is well-researched and well-written, leaving you with valuable information and insights you can use to stay ahead of the curve in your profession.
The lighting community’s willingness to share knowledge generously and help other professionals learn and grow has been reinforced along this journey.
Just as LightFair would not have made it to its 34th year as North America’s largest and premier architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference without your support and participation, the LightFair blog relies on your participation, viewership and a healthy exchange of ideas throughout the year to become and remain a relevant source of thought-provoking inspiration and discussion.
We’re grateful to all the contributors and collaborators who’ve joined us on this journey, and welcome more new as well as familiar names and faces to join us going forward.
Popular Stories from 2022
LightFair’s 2022 edition was particularly significant for the industry to get back together and catch up in person. Clearly, the lighting design and technology community was ready to get back on the show floor, into conference sessions, to meet, reconnect, collaborate, learn, discover and just…experience LightFair again. If you missed attending, or would like a recap, check out this post.
This interview with Walt Disney Imagineer Jason Scott Read was published in late 2021, and continues to be one of our top stories. Learn more about the role of lighting design in “making magic” from a designer whose work includes the Spaceship Earth, Pandora – The World of Avatar and other iconic projects.
Women bring perspective, partnership. passion, purpose and much more to LightFair. We are grateful for and celebrate some of the inspiring women speakers, presenters, tour guides, advisors, panelists, mentors, mentees, thought-leaders, brand ambassadors, content partners and collaborators who play a central role in the delivering the LightFair experience in this blog post marking International Women’s Day, 2022.
LightFair’s announcement about going biennial was received with much enthusiasm and by all accounts and polls, reflected a move the lighting community, including manufacturers and longtime attendees had been asking for. The shift to an alternate-year schedule takes effect starting in 2023. The next LightFair will take place in 2025. This announcement was among our most viewed and shared stories of the year.
LightFair exhibitor McWong International was one of the 15 commercial lighting leaders recognized by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Integrated Lighting Campaign (ILC) for leading the adoption of advanced lighting controls and integration of lighting with other building systems. They also won the coveted LightFair Innovations Award in the Technical Innovation category for 2022. Blane Goettle discusses the challenges, complexities and opportunities around Bluetooth mesh solutions in outdoor lighting applications in this feature.
Growing Community and Advocating for the Future of the Lighting Industry: a Fisher Marantz Stone Feature
Fisher Marantz Stone is renowned for unrivaled contributions to the built environment and the practice of lighting design worldwide. The FMS team is committed to pushing beyond studio walls to invigorate the lighting community and make our industry more accessible. This blog post explores their legacy of lighting leadership reflected in environmental considerations, public outreach partnerships, EDI endeavors and peaceful activism.
In our Black History Month interview and profile series, Danielle Samuel, Architectural Lighting Designer at Cm Kling + Associates opens up about the biggest influences in her life and career, her advice for professionals of color in the lighting industry, the role industry events like LightFair play in encouraging representation and diversity and more.
Roadway lighting done right can make a positive difference to our lives and the environment. Our three-part interview with roadway lighting experts Rick Kauffman, Joe Hancock and Suzanne Lansford explores the challenges, best practices and myths associated with roadway lighting and designing wildlife-sensitive exterior lighting.
What are some of your favorite topics on our blog? What topics would you like to see more of? We would love to hear from you in the comments below.