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As a student in interior design school, Jodie Orange hated lighting. “The lighting course that was part of our curriculum was not technical enough, and it left me feeling very confused,” Orange says. “I got the idea that it... read more
Fretz: It’s not enough for new lighting products to be attractive and salable, they must also stand on their own and not steal sales from a company’s current offerings. If I had a choice to introduce 24 new products, I would... read more
Eurofase
Paul Gosselin, President of the Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals (AOLP) and President of landscape lighting specialist NightScenes Corp., offers this advice when approaching an outdoor lighting plan.DO control... read more
Lisa Robison
Residential Lighting: Tell us about the concept of Dwell With Dignity. Lisa Robison: We truly believe that if we can change someone’s environment, we can change their lives. It’s oftentimes those who can least afford good... read more
Barry Dixon
Dixon: I go to two places for inspiration. One, the history of design and ornamentation. We’re going back centuries to the Greeks and Romans, to artists, architects and craftsmen — to anonymous sparks of thought and design... read more
Beth Hayden
Residential Lighting: What is Pinterest?Beth Hayden: Pinterest is a social networking site that allows you to create online collages of images and videos, and share those collages with your followers. It’s different from... read more
Front-of-house displays are prime real estate for any lighting retailer. But at Connecticut Lighting Centers in Hartford, CT, switches and dimmers — not decorative products — greet folks as they enter. “The first thing you... read more
Eunice Noell-Waggoner
Residential Lighting: What lighting functionalities do we need for an aging population?Eunice Noell-Waggoner: The key words are quantity and quality. Let’s explore quality first. What a young person might describe as “... read more
Marks: My process for designing a light is always dependent on the location where it’s going. Often times, I re-work vintage fixtures by changing scale, finishes, and bulb locations so that they fit the room they are... read more
Rick Wiedemer
Residential Lighting: What does your 90th anniversary mean to you?Rick Wiedemer: We’re in our fourth generation of ownership. What’s most meaningful to me is that we’ve been able to remain in business for such a long period... read more
Ken Ludwig
Ludwig: I started very young, probably 10 or 11, drawing architecture — floor plans and “fantasy space cities.” As I look back, it must have been what drew me to interior design and my love of home furnishing products. I am... read more
Nicole Bowling
Like many people in the lighting industry, David Director literally grew up in the business. In high school, he started working at his father’s showroom, Connecticut Lighting Centers, sweeping the floors and working in the... read more
Chandelier
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

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