A Pick-Me-Up for the Lighting Industry
 

I know a great 24-hour spot called the Pick Me Up Café. Serving up a smorgasbord of tasty breakfast favorites and fatty (read: delicious) comfort food, the late-night destination is—perhaps all too often—just what the doctor ordered.

These days, I think we could all use a pick-me-up. Thanks to the omnipresent housing slump and an increasingly uncertain economy, we've been spending an awful lot of time anguishing over our current challenges in the lighting industry and the further trials that the future surely has in store. There's so much on our minds that it's easy to lose sight of what we're doing here in the first place, be it a fascination with light and design, an affinity for good folks or a flair for placing the finishing touch.

The enthusiasm is buried under there somewhere; we just need the impetus to help us rediscover the passion we've temporarily misplaced.

To that end, this month's lead feature "Spring Forward," presenting the best in show from spring markets in Frankfurt, Milan, Vancouver and New York, is sure to incite inspiration. And while it won't be serving up steaming plates of biscuits ‘n’ gravy (but do check out the root beer floats and granola bars), this month's Dallas Market offers ample opportunities for all of us to re-energize. For those of you that thrive on the best laid plans, in this issue you’ll also find a comprehensive guide to the show, complete with floor plans, showroom listings, a seminar schedule and a directory of special events.

Despite the gloomy forecast, our industry still has plenty to be excited about in the lighting industry. And, after all, if we can pick ourselves up and weather the storm, there’s sure to be great lighting at the end of the tunnel.

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