Narrowing in on a great story can be a little like finding a needle in a haystack, and while I enjoy the hunt as much as any nose-for-news journalist, I count myself as very lucky indeed when a top-drawer idea falls in my... read more
If Stacy and Clinton from TLC’s “What Not to Wear” were to go through my closet, the first thing they’d condemn to the trash chute would be, without a doubt, my favorite pair of jeans. Yes, they are threadbare and hole-... read more
Last month, President Obama signed a $787 billion economic stimulus package into law. Among a slew of spending and tax cuts aimed at lifting the nation from a deepening recession, a home-buyer tax credit of up to $8,000 (up... read more
For as much as we like to tout our fashion savvy at this publication, at times we can be complete nerds. I don’t know what potty-training issues we had in the distant past that have made us all organized to a fault in order... read more
Notorious for gulping gobs of electricity, lighting showrooms must often fashion a kind of energy diet to slim down bills for illuminating both the salesfloor and products on display. Wilson Lighting installed motion sensors... read more
Residential Lighting: What are among the most surprising findings in your research about how showrooms can tap into the home builders’ market? Don Winspear: It was surprising that, though half of the 200 home builders we... read more
Oh, just admit it: You wanted a Clapper from the moment you heard its catchy jingle and observed its marvels on your new cable TV. But though clapping on and off (and on again) offered thousands of Gen-Xers hours of... read more
Landscape lighting can be a tricky nut for retailers to crack—after all, you’re trying to sell something that, done well, should be invisible. Despite the category’s obvious challenges, the use of expertly orchestrated path... read more
LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, were created to lend a helping hand. Forty years ago the little-lights-that-could told you when your household appliances were on and helped you tell the time. Uses for the early versions of... read more
Sometimes a dream can take years to come to light. For David Gottfried, that’s not a moment too soon.Gottfried, the founder of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the World Green Building Council (WGBC), and CEO of... read more
The American Lighting Association helps its members stay on top of trends and business strategies with a heady lineup of educational seminars, scheduled for the January Dallas Market. The following classes will be held at... read more
Residential Lighting: What happened to the credit markets this fall? Steve Strauss: To reduce risk, big banks took loans, divided them into groups and sold them to investors. At the time, they were good loans; people were... read more
It began as a forum to showcase mod home gear, but today the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) has grown far beyond its original auspices. In doing so, it has earned the loyalty of a jet-setting group of... read more
On August 9, top players from the lighting industry joined more than 1,200 guests in Chicago for the 8th annual Goombay Bash. The charity event raises money for the H Foundation, a nonprofit group—co-founded by Neil Graves... read more
In late August, the American Lighting Association hosted an online education course, the first-ever for the lighting industry association, which conducts frequent, in-person learning sessions at markets throughout the year.... read more
The Lamp Connection has about 2,000 chandelier shades in its Stuart, FL showroom. In the face of today’s sluggish economy, weak housing market and disappointing lighting sales, savvy showrooms are turning to lamp... read more
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lighting Research Center has enhanced its outreach by adding a LED Lighting Institute seminar to its educational programming. The first LED Lighting Institute will be held March 17-18 at... read more
The country estates of Europe’s elite, historic manor houses offered a rustic retreat suffused with the poise and polish of city life. Similarly, these new outdoor wall sconces are bucolic with an aristocratic air.... read more
The January Dallas Market offered a delicious spread of celebrations and celebrity sightings to sate the lighting industry’s craving for conviviality. In honor of Fanimation’s 25th anniversary, company founder and... read more
Author and “Trading Spaces” designer Laurie Smith solves lighting quandaries for consumers with her first-ever collection for Quoizel. The clean, elegant lines of the five-light Era chandelier (above) are inspired... read more

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