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Hinsdale Lighting President Karen Lang was up on a ladder in her showroom pulling down merchandise for a customer when the proverbial light bulb went on in her head .   “There was another customer in the store waiting... read more
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Louis A. Lara: The spark for any inspired idea always will be life experience. I can fluff that up with clichés like, “I get inspired by shapes in nature or the clouds,” but this kind of pseudo-artsy talk is superfluous and... read more
According to Euromonitor Intl., there are 87 million middle class households in Latin America. “A middle class income is an indicator of sufficient spending power to consume non-essential goods,” says Sarah Boumphrey,... read more
A note from Clark Linstone, Chair, 2014 ALA Board of Governors; President, Pacific Coast Lighting: "The 2014 Annual Conference is something not to be missed! This year’s venue is the brand new Omni Nashville, across from the... read more
Artemis: When I look at my front yard, I see dogwood trees, magnolias and oaks. These led to the idea of my twig lamps. I took photos, interpreted the images and sketched my ideas. I gave Frederick Cooper some concept... read more
Zbrizher: My residential design process starts with the owner, since their home reflects their personalities. I start with questions: What do you do at home? How many friends do you have over? How often? Understanding... read more
Residential Lighting: Why is daylight so important?Steve Paolini: We humans need light to function at our peak performance. With the dawn of electronic lighting, we can now have what we really want — human-centric lighting,... read more
Shanahan: I’m a visual person. A design is usually triggered by something I see. I’ll visualize an object, or an experience, as a product detail — and then start sketching it. Sketching helps me to capture an idea quickly.... read more
From maintaining and moving inventory to managing employees to mastering social media and, of course, making a profit, merchandising is one “m” that can feel like an afterthought. “Big mistake,” says Linda Cahan, a visual... read more
Residential Lighting: Is this a good time to run a small business?Brian Moran: There’s no bad time or good time to run a small business. The economy is the economy. People don’t say, “It’s a bad economy. I’m not going to... read more
Canada and the U.S. are one of the world’s largest trading partnerships, so the process goes relatively smoothly. “Canadians and Americans are more alike than they are different, especially when it comes to their buying... read more
Accent Lighting, Lake Oswego, OR Accent Lighting wants to offer a different type of lighting shopping experience. It begins the moment customers walk through the showroom’s gleaming front door, wherea lighting expert greets... read more
Colonial Lighting, Sugar Hill, GA Colonial Lighting is a destination lighting showroom located on the outskirts of Atlanta in one of Georgia’s fastest-growing counties. With more than 60 vendors in its portfolio, the 7,500-... read more
Cardello Electric Supply, Cranberry, PA Pennsylvania’s Cranberry Township is among the fastest-growing areas in the United States. One of eight branch locations owned and operated by Cardello Electric Supply, the flagship... read more
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Residential Lighting: We hear you organized a new networking event at High Point.Lisa Ferguson: Our Elevate events are going strong. I launched Strengths Mentor with an experiential day called Rise on Friday before High... read more
You’ll find several of these topics addressed on the following pages, helping everyone better understand this significant and often underserved segment of the lighting market. With a population of approximately 35 million... read more
Housing starts are expected to remain stable in 2014 and 2015 after a slowdown in 2013. 2014 is expected to see 187,300 units before moderating to 184,900 in 2015. Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec are forecasted to show... read more
Although it has lagged behind the United States, Canada’s incandescent bulb legislation is much more comprehensive and has happened at a faster rate. Federal Canadian legislation banning the manufacture and importation of... read more
Canada’s culture has historically been influenced by Europe, especially France and Great Britain, and this is still felt today in home décor choices. In general, Canadian style (especially in the eastern provinces) can best... read more
While there is no national light-recycling plan in place in Canada, three provinces have established their own regulations: British Columbia, Manitoba and Quebec. The programs, all of which are operated by the Product Care... read more

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