LiGHT 22 – inaugural show hailed massive success

December 2, 2022

(UK) – Held over two days at the Business Design Centre, the first-ever LiGHT exhibition closed its doors earlier this week to a buzz of positivity, from both visitors and exhibitors alike.

The design community came out in force to support the new show, with over 3,000 visitors passing through the doors to see more than 100 high-end international lighting brands present their latest product ranges for the architectural and decorative specification market.

Show highlights included the [d]arc thoughts talks programme, in collaboration with lighting control specialist Lutron, which benefited from a steady stream of guests across the two days, keen to learn more about the hot topics in lighting. 

With every talk well attended, the headline panel saw more than 250 people crowd around the stage to see Masters of Light(ing) designers Sally Storey (Lighting Design International); Mark Major (Speirs Major); and Nick Hoggett (dpa lighting consultants) take to the stage to share their knowledge and expertise with the industry.

Visitors to the show also made good use of the dedicated workspace area on the gallery level. Illuminated by table lamps from British lighting brand Tala, LiGHT Work was a beautiful, relaxing space allowing show attendees to complete office tasks, while offering dedicated wi-fi, free coffee, and charging points.

Day one closed with a late-night drinks party hosted by the organisers [d]arc media and stand parties throughout the space.

The buzz around the new lighting event continued into day two with a LiGHT networking lunch hosted in the [d]arc thoughts talks arena, allowing visiting designers and manufacturers to meet in a relaxed space, while taking in a video interview with internationally celebrated product designer Michael Anastassiades.

The show was also heavily supported by industry trade bodies and organisations including: SLL; IALD; ILP; LIA;  BIID; SBID; Women in Lighting, along with industry media organisations: ICON; On Office; Archiproducts; DeZeen; NLA; World Architecture News; and STIR.

Delighted with the success of the first year, [d]arc media Managing Director, Paul James said: “The show has been a resounding success with the design community coming out in force to support this first year. LiGHT 22 caters to the ever-growing design sector in London and further afield and is a new offering for lighting design built on [d]arc media’s knowledge and experience of the lighting specification market that spans more than 20 years.

“We have had nothing but positive feedback from exhibiting brands and visitors alike and I am really looking forward to what next year’s show will bring.”

Free to attend, dates for next year’s show are confirmed as 21 & 22 November 2023.

Images: James Gifford-Mead