This year’s June edition of Lightovation in Dallas drew record crowds, garnering an 18 percent increase in attendance by lighting showrooms compared to last year.
Along with increased overall attendance, Lightovation saw a 32 percent increase in the number of lighting showrooms that had never attended a June market compared to last year.
“June Lightovation was a win-win-win: more retailers, more new products, and outstanding events to celebrate industry leaders and educate professionals,” said Cindy Morris, President and CEO of Dallas Market Center. “We move forward into the fall with tremendous momentum, and we are already working on big plans for a dynamic January Lightovation.”
Rick Seidman, President and CEO of Quoizel, said the summer Lightovation was good for the company.
“We were able to spend meaningful time with our premier retail partners,” he said. “We celebrated Ira Phillips’ 90th birthday with our entire lighting industry family. The Lighting After Dark party was lots of fun, and we were able to honor the top lighting showrooms at the annual Showroom of the Year Awards. Our industry is a tight-knit community, and we are proud to call Dallas Market Center our home.”
In support of the many new products debuting in June, lighting buyers participated in the fourth annual Market Choice Awards, sponsored by enLIGHTenment and Lighting & Decor magazines. The winners were:
- -Best Bath: Grant from Savoy House
- -Best Ceiling Fans: Kona from Savoy House
- -Best Chandeliers/Pendants: Heywood from Hinkley Lighting
- -Best Outdoor: Beckett from Hinkley Lighting
- -Best Portables: South Hope Portable Bluetooth Outdoor LED Lantern from Kichler
- -Best Technology: Aether Color-Changing Shallow Housing Downlight from WAC Lighting
Industry leaders were also honored at the eighth annual Showroom of the Year Awards. The winners were:
- -Revenue Under $2 Million: Lighting Design Center at Warshauer Electric, Tinton Falls, New Jersey
- -Revenue Under $5 Million: Ferguson Enterprises, Clive, Iowa
- -Revenue $5 Million and Over: Lightology, Chicago, Illinois
- -Outstanding Merchandising Display: WaterPlace, Crown Point, Indiana
- -Exceptional Community Involvement: Crest Lighting, New Lenox, Illinois
- -Social Media Star: Montreal Lighting & Hardware, Montreal, Quebec
The Lightovation experience also included educational opportunities. In partnership with the American Lighting Association (ALA), Dallas Market Center hosted three accredited sessions and one hospitality event focused on connected lighting and the smart home.
Check out a recap of Lightovation here: