Attendees will have the opportunity to attend workshops on a wide range of lighting-related topics during this year’s Lightfair Intl.  in Las Vegas. The trade show and conference runs May 9-11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, with pre-conference educational programs on May 7-8.
New at this year’s Lightfair are the New Exhibitor Pavilion , which will feature select first-time exhibitors, and the Passport Program, which gives attendees a enter daily raffles to win an iPad or MacBook Pro by visiting specific exhibitors in the new pavilion.
Also new for 2012 are two new networking events – the Welcome Reception on May 9 from 5 to 6 p.m. and the Cocktail Hour on May 10 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
As always, Lightfair organizers have planned a full schedule of lighting seminars for attendees, starting with the pre-conference Lightfair Institute on May 7-8. Here are a few highlights:
LED Performance: Myths and Facts – An Industry Update
John W. Curran will discuss the fast-changing world of solid state lighting, including current standards and testing procedures. May 7, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Room N101.
Electrical Specifications of Lighting Equipment for Designers
Award-winning designer Joseph M. Good will go over the electrical specifications and operations lighting designers need to know in order to make an informed decision on lighting equipment. May 7, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Room N102.
Dimming LED Sources: What's Working & What Still Needs Fixing
Michael Poplawski from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Ethan Biery from Lutron Electronics will review and demonstrate the latest developments in LED lighting controls. May 7, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Room N116
Human Factors in Lighting from Adolescents to Senior Citizens
Mariana Figueiro and Mark Rea from the Lighting Research Center will explain how lighting can affect vision and sleep patterns, particularly for adolescents and older adults. May 7, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Room N117.
Choosing a Light Source: Which is Best for Your Application?
Dan Blitzer from the Philips Lighting Application Center will compare current light sources and system in order to help participants make educated decisions with regards to performance, sustainability and economics. May 8, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Room N102.
Lighting Retrofits: A Better Option Now Than Ever Before
Kurt Vogel from Acuity Brands/Lithonia Lighting will discuss the benefits, advancements and specification considerations of retrofits. May 10, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Room N119-N120.
Lighting 101: Fundamentals of Lighting for Architects & Interior Designers
Ardra Zinkon, a Cleveland-based designer, will present a refresher course on new trends, technology and legislation for architects and interior designers. May 10, 2-3:30 p.m. N101-N103.
How to Use the DOE Lighting Facts Resources & Tools to Evaluate LED Products for Your Needs
Marci Sanders, who manages the Lighting Facts program, will provide an in-depth guide on how to compare LED products and other lighting technologies using the Dept. of Energy’s Lighting Facts program. May 10, 2-3:30 p.m. N113-N114.
Seeing Beyond CRI: How to Overcome the Industry’s Color Quality Challenge to Harness the Power of LEDs
Ann Schiffers, Vice President of USAI Lighting, will talk about the need to define color beyond the limitations of CRI as well as future benefits that color-consistent LED technologies will provide. May 11, 8:30-10 a.m. N113-N114.
Additional seminar and registration information can be found on the Lightfair website .