June 2017 Lightovation Provides Summer Hub for Lighting
 
– All facets of the residential lighting industry to converge at Dallas Market Center, June 21-24 –
 
DALLAS – June 8, 2017 – The June 21-24, 2017, edition of Lightovation – Dallas International Lighting Show promises plenty of new products, programming and people as businesses focused on the residential lighting industry come together at the largest residential lighting event in North America. This latest edition will emphasize new products available in June, emerging opportunities and celebrate successes with a full day of education about connected lighting and smart home, a record number of first-time attendees participating in the Light Stars program, and awards honoring leading retailers and exhibitors.
 
Market Choice Awards
Sponsored by enLIGHTenment and Lighting & Decor magazines, this program highlights new product introductions making their debut at June market and allows attendees to vote on their favorites at
www.dallasmarketcenter.com/mca and through the free Lightovation app. Six categories are featured—Bath, Ceiling Fans, Chandeliers & Pendants, Outdoor, Portable Lamps and a new category for 2017: Technology, which recognizes architectural lighting, controls, systems and other non-decorative innovations. Attendees can vote through noon on Thursday, June 22, after which one winner will be announced in each category. Dozens of exhibitors are participating and nearly 100 products are showcased on the voting link and in a new, handy printed guide that can be picked up at the show. Voting kiosks will be located near the north escalators on Trade Mart 3 and 4.
 
Lightovation Speaker Series: Connected/Smart Home
Presented in partnership with the American Lighting Association (ALA), Dallas Market Center will host three accredited sessions and one hospitality event focused on enabling lighting showrooms to capitalize on connected lighting and the smart home. Taking place on Thursday, June 22, each complimentary seminar earns one Certified Lighting Consultant (CLC®) credit, and all of these events will take place in the Light + Technology space, TM 4804.
 
Thursday, June 22
10-11am Your Customer Is Ready for the Smart Home
Deborah Lace, Coldwell Banker Apex, Realtors
TM 4804, 1 CLC credit
Find out who is buying smart home products, how they are controlling them, and the most valued benefits in this presentation of Coldwell Banker and CNET’s groundbreaking consumer survey on smart home adoption and interest.
 
2-3pm Lighting’s Role in the Internet of Things
Beatrice Witzgall, LumiFi

TM 4804, 1 CLC credit
One of the IoT’s biggest innovators in the lighting industry will share insights on the benefits and cost efficiencies of smart and connected lighting in the home, as well as security considerations and other pitfalls in this exciting new landscape.
 
4-5pm Panel Discussion: Collaboration and the Connected Home
Erik Anderson, Lutron Electronics Co. Inc.
(moderator)
Matt Harris, MW Harris LLC
John Morgan, Morgan Pinnacle, LLC
Chris Wright, WrightWorks, LLC
TM 4804, 1 CLC credit
Learn guidelines for effective collaboration between lighting and design/build industries, and residential technology professionals, focusing on “how-to’s” for incorporating emerging lighting trends into smart home solutions for customers. A reception will immediately follow this discussion to encourage networking between potential partners.
 
5-6pm Collaboration Mixer
TM 4804
Following the panel discussion encouraging related industries to work together to optimize smart home opportunities for customers, this social event will provide a platform to facilitate those connections. All business types are welcome and encouraged to participate, even if you missed the preceding panel.
 
ALA Speaker Series
In addition to Thursday’s programming, ALA will also host two sessions on Wednesday, June 21, and Friday, June 23, that will cover research about how consumers shop for lighting, and lighting for aging and low-vision populations. These CLC-accredited seminars will take place in the ALA Seminar Center (WTC 345) and are offered to ALA members for $49 and $79 for non-members. Register for these sessions at
https://www.americanlightingassoc.com/Members/Member-Store/Webinars-Seminars.aspx.
 
Wednesday, June 21
11am-Noon Panel Discussion: How Consumers Shop for Lighting
Larry Lauck, Executive Vice President, ALA
Tim Stumm, General Manager, Lights Fantastic
Denise Duncan, General Manager, Lighting Etc.
WTC 345, 1 CLC Credit
$49 for ALA members; $79 for non-members
Panelists will explore the results of ALA’s recently conducted consumer research and what this information means to ALA showrooms and the lighting industry.
 
Friday, June 23
11am-12:30pm Lighting and the Visual Environment for the Aging and Low-Vision Population
Terry McGowan, FIES, LC, Director of Engineering, ALA
WTC 345, 1 CLC Credit
$49 for ALA members; $79 for non-members
Learn about lighting for a growing elderly population and how to tailor products and services to respond to the needs of this important demographic. New information from the IES Lighting Standard “Lighting and the Visual Environment for Seniors and the Low-Vision Population” will be presented and a copy of this book will be given to attendees.
 
More Event Highlights
The opening day of Lightovation on Wednesday, June 21, includes three significant events for the lighting industry: a milestone birthday celebration for Quoizel’s Ira Phillips, the eighth annual Showroom of the Year Awards, and the all-industry Lighting After Dark party at the Sheraton host hotel downtown. The entire campus will also be abuzz on Thursday, June 22, for Dallas Market Center’s 60th Anniversary Party.
 
Wednesday, June 21
2pm Ira Phillips 90th Birthday Celebration
Trade Mart atrium
Please be prompt for this opportunity to sing “happy birthday” to one of the lighting industry’s living legends as Quoizel’s Ira Phillips turns 90. Position yourself anywhere on the Trade Mart atrium for the song, third or fourth floor, then join us on the third floor for cake and refreshments. Preceding this celebration, Quoizel will host a New York-style lunch in Phillips’ honor from 11:30am to 2pm in TM 3200.
 
Wednesday, June 21
6pm Showroom of the Year Awards
Trade Mart 4900 area
All Lightovation attendees and exhibitors are welcome at the eighth annual Showroom of the Year Awards, presented in partnership with Lighting & Decor magazine and honoring top lighting retailers throughout North America. One Showroom of the Year will be announced in each of three dollar-volume categories, and three specialty awards will also be presented in the areas of merchandising display, social media engagement, and community involvement. Enjoy refreshments while we celebrate these exceptional showrooms. No tickets or additional registration required to participate.
 
Wednesday, June 21
8pm Lighting After Dark
Sheraton Hotel Downtown, Kitchen Table
Close out the first day of Lightovation with cocktails and celebration among lighting's finest. Stop by the Sheraton Hotel to experience this must-attend, all-industry event, which will feature an Island Escape theme sure to put the “wow” in “luau.”
 
Thursday, June 22
5:30pm Dallas Market Center 60th Anniversary Party
World Trade Center Atrium
Enjoy a signature cocktail celebrating DMC’s six decades. In addition to food and an open bar, this event will feature entertainment from Texas singer-songwriter Wade Bowen, a photo booth and special giveaways.
 
Featured Attraction
June 21-22
GIF Generator Kiosk
Trade Mart Loft 3 escalators, between 3700 and 3800 aisles
Take dynamic snaps of you and your friends enjoying Lightovation at our interactive kiosk on Wednesday and Thursday during market. Be sure to use the #Lightovation hashtag as you share to social media.
 
Light Stars
The Light Stars program enables top retail salespeople from across North America to participate in the June edition of Lightovation.
Aside from rewarding hard-working and talented showroom employees, the Light Stars program enhances the perspective of the next generation of lighting retailing by exposing them to educational opportunities, display inspiration and a higher level of engagement with product introductions. Now in its third year, the 2017 Light Stars program is the largest to date, with 78 participants. Get to know these rising stars in an interactive display in the Light + Technology lounge in TM 4804. And nominations are already being accepted for the June 2018 Light Stars program through March 30, 2018, at www.dallasmarketcenter.com/lightstars.
 
Lightovation App and Buyer’s Guide
The free
Lightovation app is downloadable from the App Store and Google Play to help attendees locate and organize exhibitors, view events and plan schedules, while engaging with other participants in real time. It also provides a convenient vehicle for voting in the Market Choice Awards.
 
If you’ve already installed the app from a previous market, log in to the June 2017 Lightovation event. Retailers in attendance who are active on the will be eligible for two $100 AmEx gift card prizes—one based on activity level (quantity of posts and engagement with other users) and one a random drawing among all buyers who have posted to the app’s June 2017 Lightovation event.
 
For the first time, Lightovation attendees will also enjoy their own dedicated Buyer’s Guide directory, highlighting key events and attractions as well as exhibitor listings and maps. Of course, they will also be able to pick up a Buyer’s Guide for the concurrent Total Home & Gift Market to navigate resources on other floors of the Dallas Market Center campus, including the newly opened Interior Home + Design Center.
 
Registration for the June 21-24 edition of Lightovation is open, and exclusive hotel and airfare rates can be booked through Market Travel. You’ll find additional information about the show on the free Lightovation app and on the Lightovation page of the Dallas Market Center website. Keep abreast of the latest developments by following the #Lightovation hashtag on social media or via Dallas Market Center’s own Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram feeds.
 
About Lightovation
Lightovation is the largest residential lighting trade event in North America and unites the leading global lighting manufacturers with thousands of lighting retailers and other businesses devoted to the sale of lighting fixtures and systems, portable lamps, ceiling fans, lighting controls and home automation products. The twice annual event is hosted at Dallas Market Center, home to more lighting manufacturers than any other marketplace and a catalyst for wholesale trade, business education and networking.
 
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 dallasmarketcenter.com.

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