Montréal Lighting & Hardware
As many in the home furnishings industry celebrated a slight but meaningful uptick in sales over the previous year, news outlets throughout North America reported that the folks over at Target were facing a more somber... read more
ALA Newsfeed
In March 2015, the American Lighting Assn. (ALA) will launch the ALA Newsfeed, a free customizable member option.  The ALA Newsfeed is a fully-automated service that harvests news on a daily basis from the websites of... read more
Baby boomer lighting
With 76 million Baby Boomers in the United States and 60-year-olds needing double the light as folks half their age, the social media sphere is abuzz with discussion of how to serve this segment. One of these conversations... read more
Canadian leaf
As 2015 concludes its first quarter, Canadian retailers continue to represent a meaningful contingent of the North American lighting industry, not only in terms of showroom sales, but also association participation and... read more
New Year’s Day (National): Jan. 1 Family Day (Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Saskatchewan): Feb. 16 (Feb. 9 in BC) in 2015; Feb 15 (and Feb. 8 in BC) in 2016 Good Friday (National except Quebec): April 3 Easter Monday (... read more
While Canadian retailers certainly shop the major U.S. markets, sometimes it helps to have options closer to home for fill-in buying or non-lighting categories. U.S. manufacturers are also increasingly taking aim at events... read more
Canadian Housing Market
Canada’s housing market has been on an upward swing for years, surviving the 2008 U.S. crash with barely a mark. Now there’s concern, however, that the country’s own bubble is getting ready to burst as the decline in oil... read more
The clean lines and sophisticated tailoring of the Mid-Century Modern era still resonates with Canadian consumers. Crystorama’s Paxton Collection also has a popular Polished Nickel finish.   A... read more
Consumer Price Index*124.5 in December 2014, up 1.5 percent from 2013 Labor Force19.15 million in January 2015, up .3 percent from 2014 Unemployment Rate6.6 percent in January 2015, down from 7 percent in January 2014 Gross... read more
U.S. dollar Canadian dollar
Ask Canadian lighting retailers to name their biggest business challenge right now and odds are it either is, or stems from, the U.S. currency exchange rate. This seemingly ever-present issue in the Canadian lighting retail... read more
David Trubridge
David Trubridge was formally educated in boat design and graduated with a degree in Naval Architecture from Newcastle University in Northern England in 1972. During the ensuing years, Trubridge traveled the world by yacht,... read more
Northwest Lighting and Accents
Northwest Lighting and Accents is busy putting the finishing touches on a big remodel project they began more than a year ago to make room for fully integrated fan, bath and outdoor experience labs in their Mount Prospect,... read more
Henry Hutcheson
Residential Lighting: How are family businesses doing in 2015? Henry Hutcheson: A lot of family businesses got hit hard starting in 2008, but many survived the downturn. This is unique about family businesses versus... read more
Dr. Shuji Nakamura
Residential Lighting: How did your work with blue LEDs come about? Shuji Nakamura: From 1979 to 1988, I worked on developing conventional infrared and red LEDs. I noticed that there were not that many researchers working on... read more
Life may be made in the bedroom, but it’s lived in the kitchen. Regardless of its playfulness, that pronouncement is, for many of us, the honest truth. Today’s kitchens are a hub of activity, hosting everything from nightly... read more
Julia Buckingham
Q: Congratulations on landing the Global Views’ design gig. How’s it going? A: I was told my first licensing agreement would be the most difficult, but I have to tell you it’s been the most pain-free, cohesive, comprehensive... read more
Brandon WeissFounder/PrincipalEvolutionary Home Builders Evolutionary Home Builders, Geneva, IL, focuses on sustainable and green building products and methods for all price levels and budgets in the Chicago area. Philips... read more
Susan Serra PH 2/1 pendant by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen. Photo courtesy of Susan Serra. Your favorite kitchen lighting? “My favorite lighting for the... read more
Hubbard Kitchen, Bath & Lighting Hinkley
A picture is worth a thousand words, and when we’re talking beauty shots featuring the latest lighting trends set inside a serene courtyard sprinkled with calla lilies and statues of the Buddha or dangling above a gleaming... read more
Residential Lighting: It must be very gratifying to embark on a new career chapter as you enter year 21 at the American Lighting Assn (ALA). Eric Jacobson: I can't say I was surprised to learn I was chosen to follow Dick (... read more

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