About LEDucation

Organized by the Designers Lighting Forum of New York (DLFNY), LEDucation is the ultimate marketplace for solid-state lighting innovations, giving industry professionals a chance to experience new technologies as well as continue their education through a wide range of accredited seminars.

LEDucation is a non-profit event, and proceeds enable the DLFNY to make significant contributions to lighting education. Donations are made to local lighting programs at Parsons, The New York School of Interior Design (NYSID), and Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). Proceeds also fund two annual DLFNY student awards, provide scholarships to lighting students at Parsons and NYSID, and substantial donations are granted to the Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education to support colleges and universities around the country.

LEDucation also supports DLFNY efforts to mount numerous educational programs conducted by design professionals at their project sites while maintaining a remarkably low cost of membership.

Who Attends?

  • Architects
  • Landscape Architects / designers
  • Contractors
  • Distributors / Wholesalers
  • Educators
  • Lighting Designers
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Engineers
  • Manufacturers and OEMs
  • Municipalities
  • Energy Consultants / Specialists
  • Public Utility Specialists
  • Energy Managers
  • Retail Designers
  • ESCOs
  • Specifiers
  • Students
  • Facility Managers
  • Urban Planners
  • Interior Designers
  • Visual Merchandisers
  • Utilities
  • … and more!

About the Designers Lighting Forum of New York

The Designers Lighting Forum of New York is committed to exploring and presenting the power of lighting in design. Founded in 1934, the Designers Lighting Forum is a not-for-profit organization, led by a volunteer Board of Managers and sustained by member dues and the generous support of our corporate sponsors. They enthusiastically provide designers, architects, manufacturers and their representatives, contractors, educators, and students the opportunity to meet and experience the wonder of lighting in New York City and beyond. The DLFNY also supports formal lighting education through contributions to local universities and design schools, as well as national funds.

LEDucation Original Founders

In 2006, Peggy Meehan and Bob Nadel of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) met with Burt Grant of the Designers Lighting Forum (DLF) with an idea for a joint IES/DLF program on new and evolving LEDs in the lighting industry. They formed a committee and started planning the show to be held on January 17, 2007, which would include both presentations and LED-only exhibits. They were able to get the McGraw Hill Conference Center and use of the auditorium for the programs presented by Michael Hennes of Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design, Howard Mastropiero of Philips Lighting, and Ann Reo of IO Lighting. The show had 31 exhibitor tables and about 350 attendees. With the show’s success, the question came up if it would be done again the following year. After getting a terrific response from manufacturers asking to exhibit at the next show, LEDucation was off and running, with LEDucation II on the horizon.

Left to Right: Burt Grant; Peggy Meehan; and Robert Nadel

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