The World's Largest Annual Lighting Conference

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The Pre-Conference LIGHTFAIR Institute® and LIGHTFAIR Conference five-day program features over 70 courses and more than 140 speakers totaling more than 190 hours with accreditation.

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All course registrations include FREE entrance to the LIGHTFAIR Exhibit Hall [not applicable to Non-Exhibiting Manufacturers].


Pre-Conference - May 7 - May 8, 2017

    Sunday, May 7 – Monday, May 8

    Intensive courses and workshops of instruction on selected topics relating to a particular field within lighting. Choose one-day or two-day highly focused immersion courses or select from 15 three-hour workshops on a variety of topics.

Conference - May 9 - May 11, 2017

    90-minute lectures on specified topics
    90-minute seminar, plus lunch
    3-hour workshops
    Variety of 60-minute Forum sessions
    Shorter educational offerings

Conference Levels

  1. FOUNDATIONAL - Limited lighting experience
  2. INTERMEDIATE - Moderate technical and/or design knowledge; equivalent of IES ED 150; up to 10 years working in lighting industry
  3. ADVANCED - Advanced technical or design knowledge and/or experience; 10+ years experience in lighting
  4. GENERAL - Applies to all audiences

Course Handouts

In an effort to be environmentally friendly, PRINTED HANDOUTS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE ONSITE for any seminars and workshops. Only the in-depth 1-day and 2-day Institute courses will have printed handouts provided to participants at the Conference. All other course handouts – for all workshops and seminars – will be available online for registered course attendees to download prior to the Conference via their registration log-in.

Tracks for 2017

APPLICATIONS RESEARCH – Throughout the history of lighting, scientific research and social research have shaped design. In addition to light’s impact on human behavior and well-being, this focus area includes research topics addressing plant, animal, humanitarian and non-visual aspects of light and how they impact design.

CORE KNOWLEDGE – Whether you’re an emerging professional or a seasoned veteran of the lighting industry, there are always new tools that can expand your knowledge base and strengthen your ability to communicate. This focus area is intended to assist anyone seeking an introduction to a topic or tool to which they have limited exposure.

DESIGN STRATEGIES – Lighting is a delicate balance between science and art. How do you innovate contextually to ground results and minimize risk? This focus area is intended to explore the design process and how we communicate intent and document design.

DESIGN TOOLS & TECHNOLOGIES – The development of innovative technologies provides tools and challenges for elevating the lighted environment. This focus area is intended to address the continuing evolution of lighting equipment, software, codes and metrics.

INSPIRATION – Artists, trailblazers, rule-breakers, scientists – anyone from either inside or outside the lighting industry can dramatically influence creativity. This focus area identifies origins of the lighting profession’s “big ideas” and the profession’s future.

INTELLIGENT LIGHTING & CONNECTIVITY – Now that the lighting industry has been introduced to the Internet of Things (IoT), this focus area is intended to go from “we can do that” to “here’s how to do that!”

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT – This focus area is intended to address the business aspects of lighting for the professional who wants to know the ins-and-outs of the lighting industry. It’s also for the business professional who wants to further expand their insight of day-to-day office life or for those with an entrepreneurial spirit looking to start their own business.