Time to Make Plans for our First In-Person Show in 20 months, the ArchLIGHT Summit

by | May 19, 2021 | News

It’s time to make plans for the new ArchLIGHT Summit taking place 21-22 SEP in person.  This will be the first national lighting show to convene face-to-face since Strategies in Lighting in JAN of 2020—and it’s about time!

We spoke to Laura Van Zeyl, VP of Lighting Technology Development & Marketing, who explained that the show is targeting the lighting design community and has a very ambitious goal of 130 exhibitors for its inaugural event. Register here

For a new show, they have done many things correctly. With booth sizes of either 6 x 10 or 10 x 10 at a maximum cost of $3500, exhibitors can take advantage of a real bargain. It will be extremely cost-effective for exhibitors to introduce products in person to lighting designers. Additionally, The Renaissance is $129 per night and within walking distance of the show.  To top it all off, the show will provide free Wi-Fi! A manufacturer could easily exhibit for less than $5000 including airfare.

The location for the ArchLIGHT Summit exhibits and programming is the Dallas Trade Mart, which offers a very open format centered around a large atrium.  Look for a robust educational platform including panel discussions on diversity.

The Dallas Trade Mart has hosted more than 20 events since June 2020 and have more than 30 planned for 2021. The June Lightovation show, which focuses on residential lighting, will require masks. ArchLIGHT Summit will simply follow the CDC guidelines at the time of the show.

Not to mention that Texas is a right-to-work state, meaning there will be no union electricians to hassle exhibitors.

The show is co-located with Dallas Design Week, so there will be thousands of interior designs already there.

Women in Lighting Design (W.I.L.D) recently established three new chapters in Texas and they will host an open party the evening prior to the show. This welcome party will be located at the top of the Dallas World Trade Center (the 15th floor), with a view overlooking downtown. Attendees need to pre-register as there could be capacity issues.

The show advisory board (which included several big-name lighting designers) planned for a regional show since the Dallas market has been so underserved, but Laura explained, “It is morphing into more of a national show with exhibitors and attendees coming from across the country.”

Both EdisonReport and designing lighting (dl) will be attending and we hope to see you in the “Big D!”