In addition to the strong turnout by retail buyers from throughout the Western Hemisphere, a record number of new and expanding showrooms debuted inside the lighting marketplace. Major investments from several leading manufacturers totaled more than 50,000 square feet of additional space for lighting resources in the Trade Mart building.
Among the new and expanding exhibitors for January were the debut of a 14,000-square-foot showroom on the atrium of the Trade Mart from WAC Lighting’s Modern Forms; Progress Lighting’s dramatically expanded 20,000-square-foot space; Tech Lighting added 50 percent more space to its showroom; Arteriors debuted a relocated and expanded space; and Designers Fountain expanded its footprint by more than 70 percent in a new location. The Progress and Tech expansions were also lauded with this market’s Visual Display Awards for the Trade Mart’s third and fourth floors, respectively.
Additional new showrooms debuted during the show from Canadian brand Matteo Lighting; Hunter Fan Co; Koncept; Primo Gas Lanterns; and GS Designs. Inside the Spectrum shared showroom Lucas + McKearn nearly doubled their show space and were joined by new exhibiting companies Abra Lighting, DBM, JS LED, Luxrite, and PLC Lighting.
“For five days in January we serve as the global center of residential lighting innovation, craftsmanship, and style,” said Cindy Morris, president and CEO of Dallas Market Center. “For retail buyers who attended from all 50 states and 28 countries, we delivered the complete experience inside expanding showrooms and via inspiring events, restaurants, and nightlife. As we continue to grow the Dallas marketplace we continue to deliver the must-attend event for the residential lighting business. Looking ahead to June 2018 and beyond, we will be creating even more opportunities to highlight the exciting advancements in technology and connectivity driving more consumer decisions and more retail opportunities.”
“Lightovation is the most important decorative lighting industry event of the year, and the January edition was a blockbuster event,” said Rick Seidman, Quoizel Lighting. “Buyers were motivated by the continuing strong pace of retail as well as the products they saw at the show. The most important buyers were in attendance and robust new product line orders were a welcome start to 2018.”
“The Minka Group had an outstanding show--buyers responded positively to our 763 new items,” said Tim Flannery. “Lightovation as a show continues to showcase new styles and innovation which creates a must-attend event. The emphasis on continued advancements in LED and interconnectivity across the marketplace is a major factor in keeping buyers engaged and returning to Dallas show after show. We applaud the partnership we have with Dallas Market Center and our continuing collaboration to create a dynamic event.”
"We were busier than I can remember in recent years, and there were positive attitudes as we looked ahead to a strong 2018,” said Rick Wiedemer, Hinkley Lighting. “It was a good feeling to see our showroom full with happy faces and motivated buyers."
Headlining the hundreds of market events, showroom receptions, promotions, and seminars was the appearance by Hollywood legend Diane Keaton. The dynamic presentation, attended by more than 1,000 customers, included the personal story behind her latest book, “The House That Pinterest Built.” On Friday evening, the 29th annual ARTS Awards took place to a capacity crowd, awarding the home industry’s highest honor across more than 20 categories including lighting showroom awards to Hermitage Lighting Gallery, Lightology, and Elume; the Green Award to Varaluz; and lighting manufacturing awards to John-Richard and Currey & Company.
Among the educational and inspirational events held at the show were merchandising tours, seminars from the American Lighting Association, robust networking among women in the industry, and a special event for young executives. Hundreds of attendees took advantage of the opportunities to learn more about trends and new advancements, to share information, and to connect with colleagues and new contacts. On Wednesday evening, the official Lighting After Dark party with a timely Winter Games theme entertained attendees at the downtown Sheraton host hotel. Thursday evening, many showrooms held special events that enhanced the atmosphere of market with hospitality that truly raised the bar, from live music performances to luxury giveaways. For the first time, exhibitors in the 3900 aisle banded together for the TM3-39 Block Party. Access Lighting, Vaxcel Lighting, ABC Lighting, Capital Lighting, Canarm and newcomer Matteo Lighting had street performers, great eats, a raffle prize, and a music mix by local DJ Brandon Olds.
As the primary buying event for retailers of lighting and ceiling fans throughout North America, Lightovation delivered on product introductions across all styles and categories, interior and exterior. Among the product highlights at this January’s event were two exciting designer collaborations with corresponding in-showroom appearances. Corey Damon Jenkins of HGTV’s “Showhouse Showdown” released a chic new collection for Hudson Valley Lighting, while Lisa McDennon launched a modern organic line with Hinkley’s luxury brand Fredrick Ramond.
Smart home technology also took center stage with four exhibitors launching Friends of Hue products, compatible with Philips’ connected lighting ecosystem: Access Lighting, Craftmade, ELK Lighting and ET2. Minka Aire also announced a partnership with Olibra, makers of the BOND, to offer smart home connectivity for all of the company’s remote-controlled fans. And the expanded Progress Lighting showroom featured a connected lounge to highlight sister Hubbell brand iDevices.
Lightovation takes place concurrently with Dallas Total Home & Gift Market (January 17-23). No other wholesale trade event in the U.S. offers the opportunity to discover more new products and best-selling lighting, along with home décor, gifts, holiday and floral, housewares and gourmet, and artisan products.
Looking ahead to June 2018, make plans to secure special rates for summer market hotels—limited blocks of $99 rooms available for retailers and $129 rooms available for reps at the Sheraton, the lighting industry’s official host hotel. Stop by the info booth on the third floor of the Trade Mart for information. While visiting the booth, nominate retail personnel who have never been to market before for the June 2018 Light Stars program, and get info about 2018 Showroom of the Year nominations, which will open Dec. 4, 2017, in partnership with Lighting & Decor magazine.
Dallas Market Center is located in the strongest economic zone in the U.S., and five of the 10 fastest growing cities in the U.S. are located within Texas. In addition, travel costs to Dallas are the lowest among all major market destination cities. In addition to two convenient airports and more than 8,000 free parking spaces, an efficient regional rail system offers a Dallas Market Center station directly behind the marketplace for easy access to downtown and other destinations.
Additional information about the next edition of Lightovation is available on the Lightovation page of the Dallas Market Center website. Keep up with the latest developments by following the #Lightovation hashtag on social media or via the Lightovation Facebook page or Dallas Market Center’s own Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram feeds.
About Dallas Market Center
Dallas Market Center is a global business-to-business trade center and the leading wholesale marketplace in North America connecting retailers and interior designers with top manufacturers in home décor, furniture, gifts, lighting and fashion. Inside its dynamic, five million square foot campus near downtown Dallas, nearly 200,000 customers from all 50 states and 85 countries seek industry trends, business education and new products via open-daily showrooms and from exhibitors participating in trade events held throughout the year. The Dallas Market Center website is available at dallasmarketcenter.com.