LightFair’s “Designery” to Present Sessions on Sex, Digital Tools & Communication


Oct 8, 2021

By Linda Longo

The LightFair Design Pavilion will return for this year’s event featuring decorative lighting exhibits and a new design theater – dubbed as the “Designery” – showcasing daily Design Synergist presentations hosted by industry-leading lighting designers, architects, specifiers, and interior designers. LightFair will be held October 25-29 at New York City’s Javits Convention Center.

“Education is one of the hallmarks of the LightFair experience, and we are thrilled to introduce the Designery in the Design Pavilion, where attendees are able to extend their learning past the conference into exploration of emerging innovations,” said Dan Darby, Show Director. “The addition of the Designery enables hands-on learning inside the Design Pavilion in the exhibit hall.”

LightFair’s Design Pavilion is a brand new networking hub for connections, conversations, and exploration in lighting design and education. Exhibitors in the Design Pavilion are required to showcase decorative fixtures and/or installations that are aesthetically driven and final applications. Exhibitors in the Design Pavilion are: Access Lighting, Artika, Bock Lighting, Blackjack Lighting, Custom Contract Lighting, Jesco Lighting Group, Modern Forms, and Oxygen. For more information on Design Pavilion exhibitors, visit the Design Pavilion show site.

There are 11 one-hour long Design Synergist presentations taking place as moderated discussions, conversations, case studies, presentations, and leadership panels in the Designery.
Each session offers quality education on the trade show floor to attendees who may not have the opportunity to attend conference sessions. Select presentations offer CEU credits: Voices of WILD, 1.5 CEUs; Riveting Revit Enhancements and Other Lighting Design Digital Tools, 1.0 CEUs; Lighting Design +, 1 .0 CEUs; and Designed for Sex: Lighting to Enhance Dermal Features for Reproductive Behavioral Response, 1.0 CEUs.

A full list of the Designery sessions is located at the end of this article.

Access to Design Synergist presentations in the Designery is granted with trade show floor access, which is free to all registered attendees. In addition to the eight exhibitors and 11 Designery sessions in the Design Pavilion, the trade show floor will showcase 240+ lighting exhibitors.

All participants who register here before Friday, October 15, will be automatically entered to win one of five pairs of tickets to The Edge, the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere with 360-degree views of New York City.

Admission to the LightFair Conference portion of the event, which also runs October 25-29, ranges from $90 to $1,495. LightFair Conference attendees will have access to some 35+ sessions across six tracks, spanning over the five days of the conference. Sessions will range from 1- and 2-day access, daily workshops, plus 60- and 90-minute sessions, offering close to 90 CEUs in total. Full conference information and pricing is available here.

LightFair 2021 will adapt to allow safer product exploration and education as outlined in its “Safer Floor. Safer Show” guidelines. LightFair is working closely with the Javits Center to stay current on recommendations and guidelines from the CDC and New York State. The full safety protocols are here.

For any further information on LightFair’s 2021 show and conference, click here.


9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
Write & Shoot to Win
Speakers: Megan Carroll, President IESNYC & Ashok Sinha, Architectural Photographer & Author
Attendees will hear from the professionals behind award-winning lighting projects – the copy writers, the marketeers, designers, architects and photographers – who often times collaborate on preparing the perfect award submittal to learn how to craft their own.
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Lighting Design + – 1.0 CEUs
Speaker: David Ghatan, CM King + Associates
This course explores the value of quality lighting design; investigating designs via case studies which are greater than the sum of their parts.
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Communications in the Lighting Industry
Speakers: Dane Sanders, Clanton & Associates & Chris Davis, The Lighting Agency
This conversation will explore the challenges with communication and the strategies to help break down communication barriers, build trust and understand how to maintain positive communication in the lighting and construction industries.

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.

IALD Presentation – Certified Lighting Designer
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Designed for Sex: Lighting to Enhance Dermal Features for Reproductive Behavioral Response
(1 CEUs)
Speakers: Deborah Burnett, Benya Burnett Consultancy
Humans are evolutionarily hardwired for sex: learn how modern lighting design can enhance reproductive and behavioral response via ambient light which enables our tristimulus visual system to recognize specific dermal and hemoglobin features.
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

NYCxDesign hosted Conversation about Lighting
Speaker: Elissa Black, NYCxDESIGN executive director
Join NYCxDESIGN for a panel discussion exploring how New York City is a constant source of lighting inspiration. The discussion will be moderated by NYCxDESIGN’s Executive Director.
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Voices of WILD: Rising for Social Change, Women in Lighting + Design
(1.5 CEUs)
Speakers: Mariel Acevedo, Codeswitching; Luz Garcia, Traditional and Reverse Mentoring of Women by Women; Tanya Hernandez, Let’s Talk Leadership; Brittany Lynch, The Secret Shame of Working Moms; Amber Watnik, Books as a Catalyst for Community; Alana Shepherd, LGBTQ+ By the Numbers; and Rachael Stoner, Life in Middle Management.
Join WILD for a round of fast-paced and engaging conversations focusing on diversity and inclusiveness in the lighting industry, and specifically issues that impact lighting professionals who identify as women.
2:45 – 3:45 p.m.

Riveting Revit Enhancements and Other Lighting Design Digital Tools
(1 CEU)
Speakers: Emlyn Altman, DLR Group & Travil Taullir, DLR Group
This session explores several of the latest lighting design tools available to designers and reveals unconventional ways of utilizing tools already in our lighting design repertoire.
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Connecting the Next Generation of Lighting Professionals
Speaker: Sam Koerbel, Lytei
This conversation will center around how to create content, how to distribute it and how social media should be a part of your business strategy no matter who you are. These powerful tools are free and will let you work smarter, faster and create measurable results.
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Designing Lighting Magazine presents Benya’s Art and Science: Spectral Wars
Speaker: Jim Benya, Benya Burnett Consultancy
Since the invention of the electric lamp, we have increasingly had the ability to determine at least some of the spectral content of the white light we intended to create. Now, we have better tools and options, so learn how to make the right design choices.

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Mentorship Q & A, Moderator Sam Koerbel
Six months ago, LightFair began its first ever Mentorship Program, pairing 11 mentors with 11 emerging lighting professionals. They will be connecting in person at LightFair.

Linda Longo recently joined ElectricalTrends, a service of Channel Marketing Group. Linda Longo, the editor of Enlightenment magazine, will be contributing to lighting content and observations on a regular basis to ElectricalTrends readers. Linda Longo has been covering the residential lighting industry for 28 years and the architectural lighting space for 20 years. Linda will also become more involved with additional collaborative lighting initiatives that Channel Marketing Group is developing and will be introducing to the market in the near future.



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