Mary Ann Kelly, President of Platinum Lighting Concepts in Cranberry Township, PA, is brutally aware of the threat online e-tailers pose to her small lighting showroom. But Kelly understands that her brick-and-mortar store... read more
Taking on a move, expansion or renovation can be tricky, as Phillips Lighting & Home in Modesto, CA, discovered. When the retailer moved from a nearly 30,000-square-foot showroom to a brighter, more contemporary 9,000-... read more
Emma Lowry
Lowry: I travel to trade shows around the world from New York to London to Paris and all over Asia. Travel helps me to get understanding of current trends and allows me to see new elements that we want to make sure we get... read more
Dallas Market Center app
Nicole Bowling
The DallasMarket mobile app, a tool to help buyers and exhibitors navigate the Dallas International Lighting Market and keep up-to-date on Dallas Market Center (DMC) news and events, will turn one year old at the January... read more
Alexander Grusteidl
Residential Lighting: How can the online experience extend into retail? Alexander Grünsteidl: The way people relate to products is changing rapidly. You can find any chair, any lamp in some form of e-commerce online. But the... read more
Kristinn Leonhart
Residential Lighting: Tell us about the new Energy Star® requirements that recently went into effect. Kristinn Leonhart: In 20 years, with help from Energy Star partners, American families and businesses have saved $230... read more
EnergyStar Brentwood Missouri
When the staff at Metro Lighting found out they’d won the Energy Star® Excellence in Retailing award in 2010, they were beyond pleased at their good fortune. When they won it again the very next year, they were stunned. “We... read more
Aaron Humphrey
Humphrey: So many good LED products are coming out that it’s broadening the palette to design more sustainably. I finished the drawings for a Vail, CO, house in October. It’s a 10,000- square-foot house with 10 distinct LED... read more
LED Downlight Module
Ask any industry professional ”what’s next” for lighting and all will agree that LEDs are the future. But aside from LED replacement bulbs and a smattering of light fixtures here and there, how exactly will LED lighting be... read more
Philips Lighting University recently released its first app, Learn LED, which aims to serve as an on-the-go LED education tool. According to Philips, this is just the first in a series of mobile learning apps geared toward... read more
Residential Lighting: What are the biggest time drains for most folks? Jennifer Ledet: Looking for misplaced papers and documents. Plowing through e-mails. Drowning in information from social media. You can be doing... read more
Light Bulbs Etc.
How many people does it take to help consumers learn about new light bulbs? Just one showroom, if it’s ready. “The [energy-efficiency movement] has become a huge opportunity for independent lighting stores,” says Melvyn Kahn... read more
Laura Kirar
Kirar: My biggest inspiration is nature. I’ll see something that alludes to something else or reminds me of a feeling. My next thought is to translate the organic — be it a flower, a rock or grasses blowing in the wind —... read more
American Lighting Mobile LED Light Lab
It was the night before Capitol Lighting’s first Light Lunch Food Truck Event, and company President Eric Lebersfeld fell asleep wishing for sunny skies ahead. The following afternoon, American Lighting’s Mobile LED Light... read more
Mike Anderson Center for Sales Strategy
Residential Lighting: Tell us about Elm Street Economics. Mike Anderson: It does no good to worry about the headlines coming out of Wall Street or Washington. Focus on Elm Street, your local customers. Think about the real... read more
ALA is also working with the Dept. of Energy (DOE) on a review of ceiling fan energy efficiency requirements. Upton says the DOE met with ceiling fan manufacturers last October and again in January to discuss the issue. The... read more
ALA recently did a survey to ascertain how new Energy Star® requirements will affect the number of companies who choose to participate in the program. American Lighting Assn. (ALA) President and CEO Dick Upton says the... read more
The Ministry of the Environment in British Columbia announced that all lighting showrooms or lighting manufacturers doing business in the Canadian province must pay a recycling fee for each lighting product they sell. In... read more
Florence de Dampierre
Florence de Dampierre: I want to create an interior that reflects the individual, that’s affordable and not cookie-cutter, and that has personality. My inspiration is classic with a modern and unusual twist. I take a lot of... read more
ARTS Award-winning designer Randal Weeks
Weeks: I’m a fan of the chateaus, castles and churches of England, France and Italy. I’m fascinated by their architectural elements, whether old candlesticks, fragments from buildings or found objects. You can put... read more

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