IES Los Angeles Hosts Wally Whitney Product Exhibition

February 25

Your humble editor attended the 23rd Annual Wally Whitney Product Exhibition hosted by IES Los Angeles. The show  was sold out with 128 exhibitors.  Please recall that these IES owns 1/3 of LIGHTFAIR and these types of events are capped at a certain square footage as to not violate the IES/LIGHTFAIR contract. There is a waiting list of manufacturers.

The attendance was good, not great, but almost every exhibitor I spoke with was happy with the show.  At $1000 per booth, it probably is the single most cost effective tradeshow in our industry.  The volunteers with the IES LA section do a great job of providing excellent hospitality and they fed their audience well throughout the day.

With LIGHTFAIR not spending much time on the West Coast (2017:  Philadelphia; 2018: Chicago; 2019: Philadelphia)  shows like this become more and more meaningful.

This was the first lighting event where I have seen metal detectors, which is a reflection of the times we live in.  There were no lines and registration was managed well.