Dallas Market Center has announced showroom expansions, debuts and relocations for the upcoming Lightovation show, set for Jan. 8-12 in 2020, concurrent with the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market, Jan. 8-14.
“Dallas will be the global center of residential lighting commerce and business intelligence in January, with an epic show debuting more new resources, technology, and styles across all categories,” said Cindy Morris, President and CEO of Dallas Market Center. “This is a critical show for retailers to survey trends and gain insights so we are proud to add new exhibitors and to welcome expansions and renewals across the marketplace. We are anticipating a record event as the industry gathers inside the dominant trading center.”
Several top lighting showrooms will debut expanded spaces in order to feature new and extensive collections. Expansions include:
- Sonneman—A Way of Light, adding 3,000 square feet for a total showroom of 9,000 square feet in TM 4804, featuring contemporary fixtures and modular, scalable lighting systems.
- DALS Lighting will almost double its size in a new atrium location, TM 3602, showcasing LED lighting products focusing on innovative and emerging technologies.
- Terracotta Designs’ new location in TM 3519 is almost three times the size of its previous showroom, offering an expanded selection of residential lines of lamps and, as well as the world premiere of its sister brand, Kanova & Co.
- Ulextra will more than double its footprint by moving to TM 4517, where they will show their residential and commercial lighting products.
These companies join other recent expansions including Eurofase, TM 4002; Kuzco, TM 4010; Fanimation, TM 4943; and Varaluz, TM 4507.
Along with expansions among existing exhibitors, a number of new exhibitors will debut.
- Fine Art Handcrafted Lighting, formerly Fine Art Lamps, returns to Dallas with a spacious new showroom located on the atrium in TM 4705. Fine Art is world-renowned for achieving high artistic standards in the creation of unique and original lighting designs of beautiful American studio glass, handcrafted metals and other unique materials with exquisite hand-applied finishes.
- Acuity Brands will showcase their residential and retail lines of smart home, LED and lighting solutions in a new custom, interactive space. Juno AI will be among the innovative products showcased: an LED recessed light that not only illuminates a room but also controls any smart home device that works with Alexa.
- Brazilian company Accord Lighting will show its contemporary wood lamps and lighting in TM 3533.
- Leading Australian lighting and ceiling fan company Beacon Lighting will be exhibiting in TM 4933.
- Artika, based in Quebec, is moving into TM 3309 to showcase its lighting solutions.
- Viz Glass opens its first branded permanent space in Dallas in TM 4509, featuring colorful blown glass artistry.
- Among the newest brands joining the Spectrum shared showroom in TM 4432 are ceiling fan resource Aeratron, and XO Logic, Windward Software and SPECTRA providing software and technology services for showrooms.
Relocating showrooms include Golden Lighting, now in TM 4319, and Emerson now in TM 3135 following its acquisition by Luminance Brands earlier this year.
Inside Light + Design on Ten (WTC 10085), the Smarter Living by Design smart home showroom has been updated to include new experiences such as The Wall Luxury by Samsung. The installation utilizes a new generation of display technology and may be programmed to customized content in order to create living environments that are awe-inspiring with a slim design and seamless. Other new resources in Light + Design include Urban 33, a company with a range of retro-stylish fixtures, chandeliers and lamps.
In addition to new products, Lightovation offers educational events and networking opportunities. Inside The SMART Center (TM 4826), a seminar, meeting and lounge space, educational events will include free sessions focused on innovative approaches to marketing your business, as well as lighting applications.
Wednesday, January 8
10 a.m. to 11 a.m.: David Rendall, “The Freak Factor: Discovering Uniqueness by Flaunting Weakness.” This opening keynote session is followed by a book signing and reception in The SMART Center for Rendall’s book “Pink Goldfish.” Enjoy pink mimosas and other refreshments as you pick up your complimentary copy, while supplies last.
2 p.m. to 3 p.m.: David Rendall, “Pink Goldfish: Differentiating Your Business”
4 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Glen Boudreaux, RID, ASID, IDS, "Say What you Mean, Mean What you Say – A Course In Transparency and Ethics in the Lighting Industry”
Credit: 1 CLC Hour
Thursday, January 9
8 a.m. to 9 a.m.: Peter Romaniello, IALD, “When and Where to Use Tunable White Lighting”
Credit: 1 CLC Hour
10 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Leslie Carothers, “Digital Marketing: What You Need to Know to Take Your Sales to the Next Level in 2020”
2 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Leslie Carothers, “Beyond the Basics: Advanced Social Media Strategies for Digital Natives”
4 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Peter Romaniello, IALD, “Evaluating and Improving A Proposed Plan/Design”
Credit: 1 CLC Hour
All seminars in The SMART Center are complimentary for Lightovation attendees.
Networking opportunities during Lightovation will include the popular Women in Lighting Reception, hosted by Progress Lighting (TM 3840) on Wedesday, Jan. 8, at 5 p.m; and Cheers With Peers, a joint event for ALA Young Executives and ART’s Under 40 members on Thursday, Jan. 9, at 5 p.m. in The SMART Center.
The most notable networking opportunity at Lightovation is always the Lighting After Dark party, taking place this year on Thursday night. All buyers, exhibitors and reps are welcome to attend this opportunity to enjoy food, drinks, entertainment and networking with other industry professionals; just bring your badge for entry. This sci-fi themed Lighting After Dark will transform the Chaparral Room on the 38th floor of the Center Tower at the updated Sheraton Dallas Hotel on Thursday, Jan. 9, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The Sheraton Dallas is the official Lightovation hotel and recently completed a multimillion-dollar renovation to unveil a refreshed lobby, guest rooms and dining options.
Lighting manufacturers, retailers, designers and sales representatives will be among those honored at the 31st ARTS Awards, a black-tie gala recognizing leaders in all facets of the home accessories industry. The gala will take place on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, at the Hilton Anatole, with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. The ARTS Awards are co-produced by Dallas Market Center and ART, the creative home furnishings network. Tickets for the event may be purchased at www.dallasmarketcenter.com/artsawards.
Two opportunities for recognition surrounding the June edition of Lightovation will be promoted at the January show. The 11th annual Showroom of the Year Awards program, presented in partnership with Furniture Lighting & Decor magazine, will also be accepting nominations starting in late November and during January Lightovation. The Showroom of the Year Awards honor leading lighting retailers throughout North America. Lightovation attendees are invited to submit entries and nominations for the Showroom of the Year Awards using kiosks around market and at www.SOTYAwards.com. Nominations are already being accepted for the Light Stars program, which honors top retail salespeople from across North America with complimentary travel to attend June Lightovation for the first time. Anyone in the industry may nominate a first-time attendee at www.dallasmarketcenter.com/LightStars.
Note the earlier dates for Lightovation in January and that the show has announced dates through 2023 on the Dallas Market Center website. Additional information about the upcoming edition of Lightovation is available on the Lightovation page of the Dallas Market Center website. Keep up with the latest developments by following the #Lightovation hashtag on social media, via the Lightovation Facebook Page and Lightovation - Lighting Industry Discussion Group.