Lightfair Intl.  (LFI) had the biggest show in its 25-year history, June 1-5 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Attendance broke all previous records with 26,059 professionals registered from 74 countries.
The LFI 2014 trade show floor covered a record 239,800 net square feet and spotlighted 576 exhibitors, including 107 first-time exhibiting companies and 103 manufacturers headquartered outside of the United States.
The 2014 LFI Conference curriculum featured more than 220 hours of education and 81 accredited course offerings. Two new forums, the Healthcare Lighting Forum and the Hospitality Lighting Forum, were also introduced.
World-renowned keynote speakers, including Dick Gephart, former United States Congressman and House of Representatives Majority Leader, addressed multiple facets of lighting and design and lead the more than 170 presenters taking the stages during the five-day program.
All in all, more than 500 exhibitors showcased their products.
Setting the stage for the trade show opening was the LFI Innovation Awards, which honored the industry’s most innovative products and designs introduced during the last 12 months.
The LFI Innovation Awards had 261 entries spanning 14 categories, with each submission judged by an independent panel of lighting professionals. The winners were awarded for product entries that exemplify the best in innovative design and thinking.
Acuity Brands won the Most Innovative Product of the Year Award for its Peerless® Open LED luminaires. These fixtures use constructive occlusion to reflect and diffuse LED light across an inner arch and back down to produce soft, comfortable illumination from a lens-free linear form.
“We are honored to be recognized by our industry peers with this prestigious award for the Peerless Open,” says Jimalee Beno, Acuity Brands Lighting Vice President and Peerless Lighting Value Stream Leader. “The award confirms our mission to create innovative high-performance LED lighting solutions that meet market needs and advance the lighting industry. We are proud to maintain this leadership role in the design and development of lighting solutions.”
Other key award winners were Hess America, who won the Design Excellence Award for its Moon LED architectural bollard; Dicon Lighting, who won the Technical Innovation Award for its Cielux LED track light; and Osram, who won a Judges’ Citation Award for the Traxon Technologies Debut wireless smart LED lighting system.
LFI also awarded exhibitors that excelled in booth display and product presentation. The 2014 Best Booth Award winners were:
-100 square feet: Bright View Technologies Corp.
-200-300 square feet: Lumium Lighting
-400-500 square feet: Hess America
-600-800 square feet: Pinnacle Architectural Lighting
-900 square feet and larger: Tech Lighting
-Building Integration Pavilion: Daintree Networks
-Daylighting Pavilion: Solatube Intl. Inc.
-Design Pavilion: OCL Architectural Lighting
-Exterior & Roadway Lighting Pavilion: Neri North America
-Global Light + Design Pavilion: Reggiani Lighting USA Inc.
-New Exhibitor Pavilion: Abilux