By Joe Salimando www.eleblog.com
Perhaps, like me, you didn’t go to Las Vegas the week of May 10 to attend the LightFair conference, meetings, and educational sessions.
I have a reason. Back when I worked for NECA as a young editor, during my first trip to Vegas, I fell in love. With craps! The fast-moving “action” drew me in before I quite learned how to bet. Also, I was paid not very much, and. . . not very much goes not very far at the craps table.
Denouement: Upon our return to the D.C. area, I had to borrow money (from Bob White, the now-retired NECA government relations chief) upon our return – so I could get home from Dulles Airport via taxi. That’s a true story.
These days, I have exactly the same amount of self-control around craps that I had 30 years ago. However, the value of money seems to have changed somehow. I know that I need to studiously avoid craps – and I do that by studiously avoiding trade shows located in Nevada.
While I didn’t go to the 2010 LightFair, I “caught up” with some of what I missed via the web. Here’s where you can go and useful stuff you might find there.
From what I heard in advance and have read so far, LightFair 2010 totally dominated by LEDs. We non-attendees, then, are fortunate to have the services of LEDs Magazine – a fine publication – offering a “daily roundup” from LV:
Mon 5/10 – see especially the words from an analyst from Canaccord Adams.
Weds. 5/12 – members of a panel on retrofits are quoted here, saying something rather unremarkable (but important to restate, I think).
Thur. 5/13 – “predominance” of LEDs seen in awards and on show floor.
Fri. 5/14 final – I don’t know if you can plan 11.5 months in advance, but next year’s LightFair will be in Philadelphia, due to a construction-forced detour away from New York’s Javits Center.
Other Online Coverage
GreenTechMedia.com’s interesting pre-event take.
Lighting Technology Symposium — at Caesar’s Palace nightclub (@!?!)
Awards, Products & Manufacturers
10 LED companies to watch at LightFair
Pre-event manufacturer announcements (as collected by CleanTech.com)
Press releases on products from LightFair were posted by BusinessWire (logically, this isn’t comprehensive – BW posts the releases of clients only)
30+ “featured LightFair products” (LightDirectory.com
OSRAM’s LED product is discussed on the NY Times’ Gadgetwise blog.
The search site “bing” has a results page with 60 items from LightFair, most of which seem to be product news.
From ExhibitorOnline.com – Record-breaking attendance.
See also the LightFair website itself.