Chicago to Host LFI 2018 in May

[![LFI 2017 [Photo courtesy of Lightfair International]](/content/images/2017/06/LFI-2017-300x200.jpg)](/content/images/2017/06/LFI-2017.jpg)LFI 2017 [Photo courtesy of Lightfair International]
Lightfair International (LFI) is set to return to Chicago’s McCormick Place from May 6-10. The pre-conference Lightfair Institute runs May 6-7 while the trade show and conference runs from May 8-10.Attendees from around the world the latest and future products and solutions that are propelling the industry ahead. LFI is the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference and the 2018 trade show floor will produce its largest footprint in its history. The conference program will offer a complement of courses and topics featuring new speakers, relevant forums, keynotes, and enlightening education sessions. A full networking schedule will give attendees the opportunity to make connections with industry professionals from across the globe.

Two pavilions will continue for a second year bringing the latest technologies to the forefront. The Intelligent Lighting Pavilion features smart lighting solutions that provide the benefit of controlling the lighting in a space by using sensors and data to maximize efficiency and energy savings. The IoT Pavilion displays the intricate technology used to create a network that uses the power of connectivity to achieve greater efficiency, reduce operation costs and collect valuable data.

LFI’s conference program is where professionals from a broad spectrum of industries learn about what’s on the horizon. The knowledge shared by top industry practitioners informs the global community of the newest discoveries and practices. Courses range from 60 minutes to 2 days in length and cover a large range of topics while providing insight and inspiration from the industry’s thought leaders.

The HUB is the interactive meeting space where attendees connect with colleagues from all over the world for networking, education, and fun. There will be events in the New Exhibitor Pavilion which provide attendees the chance to view the latest innovations from first-time exhibitors while enjoying refreshments.

Preceding and setting the stage for the trade show opening, the LFI Innovation Awards will highlight the industry’s most innovative products and designs introduced during the last 12 months. The presentation will take place on May 8 beginning at 8 a.m., with the LFI trade show floor opening at 9 a.m.

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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