ArchLIGHT Summit Sees Attendance Growth During Its Third Year
—September 19-20 commercial lighting event at Dallas Market Center drew participants from around the U.S.—
DALLAS – October 10, 2023 – The third annual ArchLIGHT Summit attracted the architectural, specification and design communities to Dallas Market Center for a two-day lighting product expo which featured more than 60 exhibitors, CEU opportunities, panel discussions, product showcases, and more. The event, which took place September 19 and 20, saw a 24% increase in attendees over 2022.
The 2023 ArchLIGHT Summit overlapped with Dallas Design Week and Total Home & Gift Market, all occurring on the campus of Dallas Market Center and creating a dynamic environment of discovery and inspiration. Also taking place simultaneously was the annual convention of The National Association of Innovative Lighting Distributors (NAILD), whose attendees were also able to participate in ArchLIGHT Summit programming and events.
Hundreds of lighting designers, architects, interior designers, and other professionals attended ArchLIGHT Summit CEUs, which covered both lighting applications as well as topics focused on personal and professional development with informative panels and interactive workshops.
New this year was the introduction of the Light Bites Stage on the show floor, which offered guests shorter, TED Talk-style sessions that are informative and interactive. Popular presentations in this location included “Top 10 Most Surprising Things That Impact Lighting” led by Lisa Reed, making the case for keeping the lighting designer informed of nearly every design decision; and “Light Justice: Everyone Deserves Good Lighting and Beneficial Darkness,” presented by Edward Bartholomew and Lya Osborn on what elements go into achieving good lighting in underserved communities. Bartholomew and Osborn also led an interactive workshop on the same topic.
This year ArchLIGHT Summit launched the first-ever Luminaire Aware design competition in partnership with the Dallas Section of IES. Modeled after the IES Lighten Up competition, this accelerated version gave teams one hour to create lighting fixtures using provided craft supplies and light sources. Diana Nino of Essential Light Design Studio captained the winning team Luz, who created the Terra sconce with Archit Jain from Oculus Light Studio, Kolleen Bailey from Liteline, and Cinny Zhao from 5G Collaborative Studio. A “Fan Favorite” winner was also crowdsourced among ArchLIGHT Summit attendees, recognizing team Night Glow led by captain Isidro Granados from ME Engineers, who created the Storm Cloud pendant with Rachel Fitzgerald from Stantec, Nancy Chien from 5G Collaborative Studio, and Jan Cargo from Lumiled Solution.
As part of the opening night Happy Hour sponsored by Casambi, attendees were able to watch Lovers of Light, a popular team game show comprised of some of the industry’s leading designers square off to debate lighting topics. This event benefitted International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) Education Trust, a not-for-profit charitable educational organization that provides direct support to educators and students for the purpose of promoting the study of architectural lighting design. The winner was Jill Klores from Essential Light Design Studio.
Another unique feature of the show was the AWARE exhibit, continuing an ArchLIGHT Summit tradition of thought-provoking art installations as part of the event. AWARE is an experiential exhibit composed of mixed materials from lighting manufacturers that together serve as a creative advocate for sustainability among the lighting industry. Participants who viewed the installation could also listen to interviews with thought leaders for additional insight. The installation was presented by The Lighting Exchange and Your Lighting Brand.
Student Day at ArchLIGHT Summit, September 20, included students from TCU, UNT, OU and Parsons and was live-streamed on both days. Programming included student-oriented versions of an updated TM-30 color rendition demonstration as well as an interactive session on lighting controls with Shoshanna Segal of Hartranft Lighting Design, and a presentation from the IALD Education Trust about the lighting design profession.
ArchLIGHT partnered with Sourcery, a platform that provides attendees an easy way to "save" the products they find in their own digital library and provides all necessary literature by scanning a QR code at the exhibitor table. Sourcery also had daily giveaways for engagement with the platform; winners were Jessica Brazil from UL Solutions and Matt Fracassini from The Lighting Practice.
The Call for Speakers will open later this year and Attendee Registration will open in Spring 2024. To stay abreast of the latest developments, follow ArchLIGHT Summit on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Threads and LinkedIn.
Other lighting events at Dallas Market Center include the twice-annual Lightovation, the largest trade event in North America for residential lighting. The next edition of Lightovation is January 10-14, 2024. For more information and complimentary registration, visit https://dallasmarketcenter.com/markets/lightovation.
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 lighting, home décor, furniture, gifts, and fashion. Inside its dynamic, five million square foot campus, nearly 200,000 customers from all 50 states and 85 countries seek industry trends, business education and new products from exhibitors throughout the year via dominant trade events for gift, home décor, holiday and floral; the nation’s most comprehensive apparel and accessories markets featuring the latest styles from East Coast and West Coast designers; the largest residential lighting trade event in North America; and the largest and most successful open-daily design center. The marketplace is located in the strongest economic zone in the country. In addition, more than 80 percent of Dallas Market Center buyers report that they do not shop other market centers. To make plans for upcoming markets, visit the Dallas Market Center website and download the Dallas Market Center and Lightovation Apps. Also, keep up-to-date on all information by visiting Dallas Market Center on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the Dallas Market Center blog.