Residential Lighting: What are the main trends in kitchens and baths? Clayton Nelson: With open plans and multiple uses, kitchens are the social hub. As for baths, people spend more time at home, and they want a retreat. In... read more
Residential Lighting: How do we handle an irate shopper? Dr. Rick Brinkman: The customer wants to feel cared about. A study was once done by the White House Dept. of Consumer Affairs on why businesses lose customers: One... read more
Residential Lighting: Tell us about the different “zones” you created for Fine Living: 2026? Patrick J. Tighe: Fine Living:2026 has three zones, each with programmable functions. Central to the space is the live... read more
Milestone birthdays mandate mega celebrations, but Cooper Lighting’s Halo brand has opted to pass up the gala anniversary parties in favor of a quieter kind of commemoration. The company, which celebrates its 50th... read more
Despite all the negativity and controversy surrounding this year’s Olympics in Bejing, I have to admit I’m eager to tune in this month to NBC’s coverage of the 2008 summer games. As a former swimmer, my favorite events are... read more
Lighting professionals interested in high-performance power supplies and transformers are encouraged to attend Q-Tran’s Q-School training sessions, a series of one-day learning programs for lighting showroom employees,... read more
Throughout 2007, lawmakers and lobbyists delighted themselves with thoughts of all things green. The sustainability buzz spawned a slew of bills, both state and federal, advocating for a greener lighting marketplace. But in... read more
Despite a gloomy economy, Dallas Market Center’s International Lighting Market continues to present retailers with golden opportunities for networking, trend-spotting and, most importantly, growing business. Packed with... read more
Led by the members of its Strategic Alliances Task Force, the American Lighting Association has formed a tactical partnership with the National Association of the Remodeling Industry in hopes of keying in on the lucrative... read more
Home automation draws a healthy dose of inspiration from science fiction. Think about it: We have technology that can wake us up, place and receive phone calls, stream entertainment from our computers to our televisions and... read more
Hunter Fan Co.: In Memphis, TN, Hunter Fan Co. seized the opportunity presented by the current downturn to implement sweeping brand changes to its packaging and Web presence. The modernization campaign, spearheaded by... read more
The American Lighting Association has prepared an illuminating schedule of educational seminars for the June Dallas Market. All classes meet at the American Lighting Association Seminar Center, Suite 345 in the World Trade... read more
Rachel O’Neill: At heart, I am an artist who has a passion for materials and light and the fabulous results that can be achieved combining the two. I studied Fine and Applied Art at the School of Art and... read more
This month at its annual conference, the American Lighting Association will induct Larry K. Powers into its Lighting Hall of Fame. The prestigious honor comes less than a year after Powers, acting as President of The Genlyte... read more
This month, Lite Source Inc. celebrates 25 years in the lighting industry. Since its inception in 1983, the Chino, CA-based manufacturer has built a solid reputation as a purveyor of fashion-forward lighting fixtures—a focus... read more
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) recently honored Seaside Home, a home furnishings retailer with several stores in Southern California, with its 2008 Design Excellence Award for Best Retail Design. The award... read more
Residential Lighting: What are customers' expectations about service? Becky Carroll: People are becoming very demanding thanks to Internet retailers that offer standout customer service, such as a 365-day return policy... read more
In the face of fleeting lighting trends, ceiling fan manufacturers continue to produce fans with enduring styles that have both full-bodied motifs and subtle bursts of inspiration. From enhanced housings to embellished... read more
At full buildout, Las Vegas’ World Market Center expects its campus to total more than 12 million square feet spread across eight sprawling expo buildings. Three structures are currently open, with the newest — the much-... read more
The American Lighting Association has launched an e-newsletter to offer design tips and product news to consumers. A concept generated by the American Lighting Association’s Public Relations Committee during sessions held at... read more

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