Dallas Market Center to Debut ArchLIGHT Summit for Lighting Industry Next Fall

October 9, 2020

A new commercial and architectural lighting trade show and conference will launch at Dallas Market Center in fall 2021. Designed for lighting designers and specifiers, interior designers and architects, the inaugural ArchLIGHT Summit will take place Sept. 21-22 at Dallas Trade Mart. This on-campus venue is already home to the permanent marketplace for the semi-annual Lightovation, the largest residential lighting show in North America, scheduled to run Jan. 7-10, 2021. 

“Listening to thought leaders for design and the built environment, we recognized that there is an opportunity to fill a void by creating a different sort of lighting event that simply works better,” said Cindy Morris, president and CEO of Dallas Market Center. “Starting from square one, we are building a new kind of live event delivering the best products for interactive experiences, exceptional knowledge and an engaged community to help all stakeholders thrive.”

Developed by Dallas Market Center to create an array of lighting resources in one place, ArchLIGHT Summit will feature hundreds of commercial lighting brands, and a full slate of accredited educational and hands-on experiential sessions facilitated by design and lighting industry leaders.

Event participants will have access to the permanent showrooms of residential and commercial crossover brands that participate in Lightovation. The two-day event will also include engaging displays and learning labs, receptions and tours within the permanent lighting showrooms participating in the show. 

According to Dallas Market Center officials, ArchLIGHT Summit will be driven by three progressive values:

1.     Only The Best. The event will present the most important and exciting lighting products available in North America. 

2.     Boldly Inclusive. Show organizers will work hand-in-hand with industry thought leaders to create an inclusive event involving a diverse group of people, programming and outreach to all levels in the industry.

3.     Radically Playful. The event will create in-person experiences and dialogue not available online or at other events: think hands-on product interaction and forward-thinking seminars and sessions.

The show launch will broaden DMC’s architectural lighting offerings by including non-residential brands in addition to those that cross over between residential and commercial markets already present on the campus. This potential for growth, along with a robust local specification community, prompted the development of the show, according to DMC officials.

The ArchLIGHT Summit will be collocated with Dallas Design Week and will provide additional CEU and networking opportunities for attendees of both events. Meanwhile, event organizers are working with an advisory board of industry leaders to shape the new event and its educational programming. 

Don’t miss any event-related news: Sign up for our weekly e-newsletter HERE and engage with us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram!

Add new comment

Partner Voices
Dallas already boasts 35,000 hotel rooms, award-winning global cuisine, and a walkable downtown. But we are just getting started. Visit Dallas is thrilled to announce that the city of Dallas is doubling down with a massive new convention center and entertainment district. Featuring 800,000 square feet of exhibit area, 260,000 square feet of meeting rooms, and 170,000 square feet of ballroom. The center will connect business travelers with dining and shopping options in the popular Cedars District means more places to get down to business, and even more ways to unwind. “Dallas is already a great meetings and conventions destination, with the accessibility of two major airports, affordable labor, and an outstanding hotel product,” said D. Bradley Kent, Visit Dallas senior vice president and chief sales officer. “The new center and Convention Center District will enhance Dallas’ competitive position and are exactly what our customers’ need and have been asking for." What’s New – AT&T Discovery District Located in the heart of Downtown Dallas, this new district on the AT&T corporate campus is tailor-made for groups of all sizes. It boasts a multi-sensory experience, including outdoor event space, the AT&T Theater, and multiple dining outlets including JAXON Beer Garden and The Exchange, a bustling food hall. Hotels Coming Soon Names like the JW Marriott (Downtown), lnterContinental Dallas (Uptown), and Hotel Swexan (Uptown) are adding luxury amenities and bountiful event spaces. The projects will debut in 2023 and beyond. JW Marriott This new, 15-story, 283-room hotel will open in the heart of the city’s downtown Arts District this year. The property features a 25,000-square-foot grand ballroom, as well as a spa, restaurant, lobby bar, fitness center, and a rooftop pool deck and bar. InterContinental Dallas  Located in Cityplace Tower in Uptown, InterContinental Dallas will feature sweeping panoramic views of the Dallas skyline. Guests will enjoy spacious, high-end rooms and amenities, including more than 21,000 square feet of event space.   Hotel Swexan Hotel Swexan, a new, 22-story luxury property, is rising in Uptown’s Harwood District and will make its mark on the Dallas skyline. Opening this year, it is a sculptural building with cantilevered upper floors, as well as a 75-foot rooftop infinity-edge swimming pool and a hidden underground lounge.