Lightfair Intl.  had a record-breaking show in more ways than one during its May 2012 edition in Las Vegas, the show’s parent company, AMC Inc., reported recently.
According to AMC, this year’s show had the highest ever number of attendees at 24,121, which included attendees from over 70 countries.
Lightfair 2012 also covered a record 206,800 net square feet at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The bigger than ever show floor was used to spotlight products from 505 exhibitors, including 93 who were new to Lightfair.
One first-time attendee, Brett Robinson, President of Robinson Lighting  in Winnipeg, says the size of the show blew him away.
“The first thing I said to myself as I walked in was ‘wow!’ I couldn't believe how big it was,” Robinson says. “The room just kept going and going with more lighting products. I thought I knew most of the manufacturers out there until I saw Lightfair."
Robinson, who described his first Lightfair experience as “overwhelming in a good way,” says attending the show is something he’s been wanting to do for a while.
"I've been trying to make it to Lightfair for about the last five years,” he says. “With LED becoming a bigger and bigger role in the lighting industry, I finally committed to going this year. I saw a lot of new manufacturers that I have never heard of before."
Robinson says he hopes to attend Lightfair again in the future, at least every other year, and that he hopes to be able to take his Commercial Lighting Sales Manager with him.
The next Lightfair will be April 23-25, 2013, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.