Boston lights up with Designers Lighting Forum

The Boston Lights event later this week will prove to be a big draw for the lighting-design community.

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Over 80 exhibitors and a full afternoon of presentations are in store for the over 1000 attendees expected to attend this year’s Boston Lights event on October 27. Presented by the Designers Lighting Forum of New England (DLF-NE), the event runs from 12:00 to 8:00 pm at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel.

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Presentations include "The 'D' in Design - The process of lighting design and solutions that enhance architecture" by Tillotson Design Associates; "Light It - For All the World is a Stage" from Janine Croke, 2010 DLF-NE Travel Scholarship recipient; "Lighting controls that optimize energy efficiency, visual comfort, and space performance," presented by Eric Lind of Lutron; and an overview of the Cambridge Public Library project by William Rawn Associates, Architects.

Established in 1968, the DLF-NE is a non-profit organization that informs the design community about the newest lighting technologies and cutting-edge lighting applications through professionally-led seminars, site visits and networking opportunities.

Boston Lights is a sister event to New York City's LEDucation, which in March this year attracted over 1200 attendees to see over 80 exhibitors and a full presentation program. LEDucation 5 will take place on March 16, 2011 at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York.

LEDucation, along with Toronto’s LEDiscovery, are focused on LED lighting, and are fundamental in educating the prospective buyer about LED technology and what questions to ask LED lighting manufacturers. Due diligence is still key, and the message is still "buyer beware."

The success of the DLF events speaks to the need for and reception of regional shorter events, where exhibitor costs are reduced and reach can be just as strong. Attendees are treated to a more intimate environment, also with a far less cost to attend. Both DLF events encourage students entering the industry to attend as well.

Exhibit space for the Boston event is sold out. To register at no cost to attend, contact Mariam Andrews by sending an email to blexpo@dlf-ne.org.

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