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Lightovation Lounge to Debut at KBIS 2019

October 23, 2018

Lighting-focused space features education, experts & awesome VR experience 

(Alpharetta, Ga.) – October 22, 2018 – The 2019 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), the destination for kitchen and bath design professionals, announces the debut of an exciting new show feature, Lightovation Lounge, an “illuminating” area locating in the tented Salon by KBIS when the show heads to the Las Vegas Convention Center, February 19 – 21, 2019. 

Lightovation Lounge features two days of lighting-focused programming by nationally-recognized lighting designer Randall Whitehead, IALD, aka “The Lighting Doctor,” and Joe Rey-Barreau, AIA, longtime director of Education for American Lighting Association, and professor at the University of Kentucky, aka “The Lighting Professor.” In addition to leading 20-minute educational sessions on a range of timely lighting topics, the “Doctor” and the “Professor” also will host office hours to meet individually with attendees to answer their lighting questions one-on-one.

“We are excited to bring our Lightovation Lounge to the new Salon by KBIS,” says Laura Van Zeyl, vice president of lighting technology development & marketing, Dallas Market Center. “The right lighting is critical to every project, and our experts can help educate KBIS attendees about their options.”

Lightovation Lounge also brings Dallas Market Center’s Lightovation event to KBIS via a virtual reality experience that transports attendees to the largest residential lighting show in North America. The Lounge is presented in partnership by Dallas Market Center, the American Lighting Association and Furniture Lighting & Decor magazine. Educational programming is sponsored by Hinkley Lighting.

Hinkley is one of a number of new lighting exhibitors showing in the area surrounding the Lightovation Lounge, including Lamps Plus. “We are thrilled to be a part of KBIS 2019. Exhibiting alongside the Lightovation Lounge will provide a cohesive and exciting decorative lighting experience for our guests,” says Quinn Sack, visual merchandising manager, Hinkley Lighting.

Lightovation Lounge Programming Schedule:

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 – featured speaker Randall Whitehead, IALD, “The Lighting Doctor”

9:30am - Latest LED Light Sources

Solid-state show & tell explaining different LED light bulbs and their applications.

10:00am - 11:00am - Office Hours

Meet with Randall one-on-one.

11:00am - Lighting in Layers: Kitchens

Learn how the four lighting layers apply to kitchen lighting.

1:00pm - Lighting in Layers: Bathrooms

Learn how the four lighting layers apply to bathroom lighting.

1:30pm-2:30pm - Office Hours

3:00pm - Kitchen Lighting Checklist

Top considerations in illumination when designing kitchens

3:30pm - 4:30pm - Office Hours

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 – featured speaker Joe Rey-Barreau, AIA,“The Lighting Professor”

9:30am - Specialty and Accent LED Lighting Applications in Kitchens and Baths

Maximize the potential of this technology to enhance your projects.

10:00am-11:00am - Office Hours

Meet with Joe one-on-one.

11:00am - LEDs, Dimming and Lighting Controls in Kitchens and Baths

Understand diming options and compatibility for LED lighting.

1:00pm - Design Guidelines Using Recessed Lighting

Optimize the most popular category of lighting to its best advantage.

1:30pm-2:30pm - Office Hours

3:00pm - Integrated LED vs. Retrofit LED Lighting in Kitchens and Baths

Incorporating LED can be as simple as changing a light bulb or an entirely new approach to fixtures.

3:30pm-4:30pm - Office Hours

“The KBIS 2019 experience is enhanced considerably by collaborating with the Dallas Market Center to bring the Lightovation Lounge and the American Lighting Association’s expertise to our attendees,” adds Brian Pagel, senior vice president, Emerald Expositions.

About KBIS
KBIS, in conjunction with the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), is an inspiring, interactive platform that showcases the latest industry products, trends and technologies. KBIS is the voice of the kitchen and bath industry and has been for 50+ years.

Early in 2013, the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) and National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) announced an agreement to co-locate the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) with the International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas, Nev. in February 2014 under the banner of Design and Construction Week® and both organizations recently extended the agreement through 2026. The mega-event returns to Las Vegas Feb. 19 - 21. NKBA and NAHB will continue to produce separate educational programming and special events though one pass provides access to both shows.

KBIS is operated by Emerald Expositions, the largest operator of business-to-business trade shows in the United States, with most of our shows dating back several decades. We currently operate more than 50 trade shows, including 31 of the top 250 trade shows in the country as ranked by TSNN, as well as numerous other events. Our events connect over 500,000 global attendees and exhibitors and occupy more than 6.5 million NSF of exhibition space. We have been recognized with many awards and accolades that reflect our industry leadership as well as the importance of our shows to the exhibitors and attendees we serve.

More information about KBIS can be found at

About the National Kitchen & Bath Association and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is the not-for-profit trade association that owns the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show® (KBIS), as part of Design and Construction Week ® (DCW). With nearly 14,000 member companies representing tens of thousands of members in all segments of the kitchen and bath industry, the NKBA has educated and led the industry since the association’s founding in 1963. The NKBA envisions a world where everyone enjoys safe, beautiful and functional kitchen and bath spaces. The mission of the NKBA is to inspire, lead and empower the kitchen and bath industry through the creations of certifications, marketplaces and networks. For more information, visit or call 1-800-THE-NKBA (843-6522).

KBIS® and NKBA® are registered trademarks of the National Kitchen & Bath Association.

About Lightovation

Lightovation occurs each January and June on 1 million square feet of the Dallas Market Center’s 5 million square foot campus. It is the largest residential lighting show in the Western Hemisphere and the only venue that encompasses all categories of lighting, whether decorative or architectural, indoor or outdoor, plus ceiling fans, lighting controls, light bulbs, and smart and connected lighting systems.

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