Anyone who has tried to take my picture at an industry event knows that I much prefer to have the camera lens turned outward, focused (as it should be) on the folks outside of our magazine who truly make the lighting world tick.
If you will indulge me, however, I simply must share some good news we received upon our return from the recent American Lighting Assn.  (ALA) Conference. The April issue  of Residential Lighting has been named a finalist in the 2011 min Editorial & Design Awards  for Best Single Magazine Issue (Editorial Print).
Min stands for Media Industry Newsletter and covers trade and consumer publications. In fact, fellow finalists in our category include such newsstand stalwarts as Golf Magazine , Travel + Leisure  and TIME !
While this recognition represents a testimony to the talents of our tireless staff, I believe it’s also indicative of interest outside the industry in emerging solid-state lighting technology. You see, our finalist-status issue was our Lightfair  Preview, featuring the love-it-or-hate-it cover line “LED Gaga.” Judges’ own curiosity about the subject likely created a winning combination with our coverage.
If you still have your own LED curiosity to satisfy — and who doesn’t, as options continue to advance at the speed of electronics — we’re offering a webinar on “The ABCs of LEDs”  with lighting education legend Joe Rey-Barreau. The $59 one-hour webinar  will take place on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m. Eastern time and is accredited by AIA , IIDA , ASID , IDC , NKBA  and NARI . Click here  for more details or to register.
We will know the results of the min awards on Nov. 7. Our sister publication Home Fashion Forecast’s  Fall 2010 issue  is also up for Best Launch (Editorial Print) at the same ceremony. Fingers crossed!