Report from LightFair in Las Vegas

A tidal wave of new LED products is flooding the 475 booths at this year's LightFair trade show and conference in Las Vegas, which is attracting more than 20,000 lighting professionals. In addition to new LED products from established lighting players and long-time LightFair exhibitors such as GE Lighting, Philips, Osram Sylvania, Cooper Lighting, WAC Lighting and Acuity Brands, Sharp and Toshiba were on the scene for the first time and announced their intentions to aggressively market their LED products in the U.S. market. Schneider Electric, through its Juno Lighting subsidiary, and Hubbell Lighting also had broad offerings of new LED products.

Nowhere was the overwhelming emphasis on LEDs at the show more apparent than in LightFair's annual Innovation Awards, which this year attracted almost 200 submissions in 14 product categories. Many of the product categories were almost all LED products. This year's big winners were:

Helieon Sustainable Light Module System by Bridgelux and Molex: Most Innovative Product of the Year—the program's highest award, recognizing the best, most innovative new product;

Light-Drive Elite by Traxon USA: Design Excellence Award—recognizing outstanding achievement in design and application;

SSL2102 by NXP Semiconductors: Technical Innovation Award—recognizing the most forward-thinking advancement in lighting technology;

LightLouver Daylighting System by LightLouver: Judges' Citation Award—special recognition of an innovative product at the judges' discretion.

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