Technology Takes Center Stage at January 2017 Lightovation

DALLAS – December 14, 2016 – When Dallas Market Center hosts Lightovation, the Dallas International Lighting Show, Jan. 18-22, 2017, attendees will once again access North America’s largest permanent showcase of lighting in all categories for the home, running concurrently with the Jan. 18-24 Dallas Total Home & Gift Market for convenient crossover buying in related categories.

The January 2017 event includes new and expanded showrooms, educational programming from the American Lighting Association (ALA) and two Lightovation keynote presentations, as well as an exclusive lighting industry party on Wednesday night and a grand opening celebration for the expanded Spectrum shared showroom.

In addition, a featured display on the Dallas Trade Mart’s third floor of products recognized in the 2016 Lighting for Tomorrow competition will highlight the latest advances in energy-efficient technology. For most attendees, this will be the first opportunity to view these products since honorees were announced in September.


Lighting After Dark Party
After a successful move to Wednesday night in June 2016, the lighting industry’s exclusive networking event Lighting After Dark will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 8 p.m. at the Downtown Sheraton hotel, Chaparral Room 38th floor, Center Tower. A Mardi Gras masquerade theme will establish a festive mood for this popular cocktail party. All attendees and exhibitors of Lightovation are welcome to participate—bring your show badge for admittance.


New Showrooms/Expansions
The popular Spectrum shared showroom in TM 4432 will be expanded by 55% in January, enabling eight new exhibitors to take part and two existing exhibitors to expand their presence. Confirmed Spectrum exhibitors include: Acuity Brands, Ai Lati Lights/Zafferano Bespoke Glass Lighting, Aspen Brands, Awsens Inc., B&S Lighting, Blackjack Lighting, CORE Lighting, Harco Loor by Scangift, Kemp International, KONCEPT, Lumenno International, Oggetti, Rayon Lighting Group, Ren-Wil, Seed Design USA, SPJ Lighting Inc., Spotlite America/Kodak LED Lighting, Tala LED, Terracotta Designs, Vita Copenhagen and Wind River Ceiling Fans. A special ribbon cutting and champagne toast to commemorate the expanded Spectrum will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

Arnsberg will make its North American debut at Lightovation in TM 4931, while Thomas Lighting will show in its own space TM 3309 for the first time since being acquired by ELK Group International. Kuzco Lighting will open a second showroom in TM 3321, across the hall from its existing space TM 3327. LBL Lighting and Ambiance Lighting Systems will show in a new dedicated space TM 4014 next door to other Generation Brands companies Feiss-Monte Carlo and Sea Gull Lighting in TM 4010. Lite Source will also launch a new showroom in January in TM 4925.

January will also be the first opportunity for Lightovation attendees to view the Light + Design space in WTC 10085, a stunning 20,000-square-foot location that opened in October . This open-daily showroom aimed at the design trade features designer-focused presentations from some Lightovation exhibitors, as well as new resources not found anywhere else on campus. Confirmed Light + Design exhibitors include Carroll by Design, Hinkley, Holtkoetter, Hubbardton Forge, IlluminFX, John-Richard, Kuzco Lighting, Lucas + McKearn and St. James Lighting.

Lightovation attendees can also get a glimpse at plans for the new Light + Technology space in TM 4804. In January, the 15,000-square-foot space will host to a two-day training session for CEDIA, an association of custom electronics installers, with future plans to exhibit home automation, smart and connected products that extend lighting’s role beyond illumination.


Two Keynotes: Randall Whitehead and Dr. Mariana Figueiro
Two keynote presentations bring the leading minds and personalities in lighting research and design to Lightovation. Both one-hour sessions will take place in the “Loft 4” area on the fourth floor of the Trade Mart.

Wednesday, Jan. 18
2 p.m. Randall Whitehead: We All Have Control Issues
As lighting design and lighting components become more sophisticated, so are the devices that control them. It’s a good start to know what is available and what emerging products can do, but each project is different based on the budget and needs of the client. Randall Whitehead, IALD, will explain how smarter systems offer the ability to create scenes versus simply controlling groups of lights, as well as how to work with customers to find their comfort level with new technologies. You’ll learn about smart homes, whole-house systems, lighting control apps, bulbs and light fixtures with built-in controls; how to create scenes to blend layers of light into cohesive looks; how to match dimmers and controls to corresponding lighting products, particularly finicky LEDs; and the difference between color-changing, tunable and warm-dim LED technology.

Whitehead is a professional lighting designer, author and all-around illumination guru. His popular reference books include “Residential Lighting, A Practical Guide.” He has worked on projects worldwide and has shared his lighting expertise on the Discovery Channel, HGTV and CNN. He is also a regular guest on Martha Stewart Living Radio and a monthly columnist in Lighting & Décor magazine.

Whitehead’s keynote is presented by Lighting & Décor magazine and sponsored by Bulbrite, Livex Lighting and Varaluz.

Thursday, Jan. 19
10 a.m. Dr. Mariana Figueiro: Light and Health—Update on Research and Application
All living things, including humans, are governed by circadian cycles that are greatly influenced by exposure to different types of light at different times. Our quality of sleep, cognitive abilities and overall well-being can be helped or hindered by the lighting in our environments, which technology has enhanced by creating new levels of control. Mariana G. Figueiro, Ph.D., will explore the latest research relating to lighting and health, and discuss how that knowledge can inform the recommendations showrooms should make to customers for lighting their homes.

Dr. Figueiro is Light and Health Program Director at the Lighting Research Center (LRC) and an award-winning Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She conducts research on the effect of light on human health, circadian photobiology and lighting for older adults. In 2013, she was elected Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society and she has authored more than 70 scientific articles in her field of research, along with the AARP-sponsored publication “Lighting the Way: a Key to Independence.” Her research is regularly featured in national media, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, The Economist and NPR.


ALA Seminars
ALA will offer five educational seminars during January 2017 Lightovation with two top-notch instructors in lighting applications and business acumen. All ALA sessions will take place in the ALA Seminar Center, WTC 345, and earn 1 CLC® credit hour each. Except where noted, courses are offered to ALA and ASID members for $49 and are $74 for non-members. Advance sign-up is available on the ALA website.

Wednesday, Jan. 18
4-5:30 pm. How LED Lighting Is Opening New Opportunities for Showrooms to Expand Into the Light Commercial Market
Led by Joe Rey-Barreau, AIA, IES, and sponsored by Hubbardton Forge, this session will explain why LED lighting is creating new opportunities for lighting showrooms, the fundamentals of LED lighting and why these are important to lighting design, as well as how LED is being used in stores, offices, restaurants and hospitality spaces.

Thursday, Jan. 19
8-9:30 a.m. Why, How and Where Are Local, Regional and National Home Builders Adopting LED Lighting
Led by Rey-Barreau and sponsored by Lutron, this session will cover why home builders of all types and sizes are quickly adopting LED lighting, how showrooms are working with these builders, what types of spaces and applications are most common for LED, what LED products are most effective at meeting the needs of home builders and home buyers, and where LED is being integrated in remodeling and renovation projects.

4-5:30 p.m. Creating Strategies That Work
Led by Mark Okun, LS, and sponsored by Arteriors, this session will help you understand the steps involved in creating a strategy and why strategies are not one-size-fits-all. 

Friday, Jan. 20
8-9:30 a.m. Building Brand You
Led by Okun and sponsored by Hinkley, this session will explain why personal branding is a requirement for 2017 and beyond, and why branding is not just for businesses anymore.

11 a.m.-Noon What ALA Members Need to Know About EMI, the FCC and LED Lighting Product Regulations
Led by William Hurst, Chief of Technical Research Branch, Office of Engineering and Technology for the FCC and sponsored by AFX Inc., this free seminar will explain the issues with LED lighting products and electromagnetic interference (EMI) and what both manufacturers and retailers need to know. 


Lightovation attendees are invited to download the official Lightovation app from the App Store and Google Play to plan schedules, view exhibitor listings and engage in real time with other participants. If you’ve already got the app installed, log in to the January 2017 event when it goes live. Retailers who are active in the Lightovation app 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.
More information about Lightovation can be found on the Dallas Market Center website, and by following the #Lightovation hashtag on social media or Dallas Market Center's own Facebook, Twitter 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