Chip Averwater
Residential Lighting: Tell us about your new book, “Retail Truths.” Chip Averwater: The book discusses 427 lessons about retailing that I gathered from 40 years of operating a store. Some came from my father and grandfather... read more
Colonial Lighting, Sugar Hill, GA Walk in Colonial Lighting’s doors, and you will not be disappointed. “There are lots of beautiful showrooms out there,” read the store’s entry, “but less common, though, are showrooms where... read more
Dulles Electric Supply, Sterling, VA Celebrating 30 years in business in 2015, Dulles Electric Supply has become the lighting and electrical supply capital of the Washington, D.C., metroplex. “The Mid-Atlantic's largest... read more
Accent Lighting, Lake Oswego, OR Thanks to hard work and a deep-rooted devotion to customer satisfaction, Accent Lighting came out of the recent economic downturn better than before. When the showroom opened in 1996, the... read more
The mere mention of lighting design software makes many showrooms sigh and groan. Interior design-focused programs with all their bells and whistles are, at best, intimidating and expensive. Plus, many showroom managers... read more
ALA Lighting magazine
The ninth issue of Lighting magazine, a national consumer publication focused on residential lighting published in partnership with Meredith Corp.’s Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publications, will hit showrooms... read more
Jim Brodrick
Residential Lighting: Please put solid-state lighting in perspective. Jim Brodrick: We’re in the midst of a lighting transformation comparable to the days of Edison. LED lighting is evolving at a blistering pace —... read more
Robert Singer
Q: What are the three most significant developments in residential lighting during the past decade? A: LED technology, home automation and energy-code requirements for lamping efficacy. Q: How have they impacted your... read more
Lightfair App
The Lightfair App Definitely download the Lightfair app. It has a new homepage look featuring a V3 design with icons and the addition of tiles to navigate to popular information:Trade Show, Conference, Events and Social... read more
Robert Borg
Q: What are the biggest differences between Canadian and American lighting markets? A: I’ve always looked on the North American lighting marketplace as a series of regional markets rather than an “American” and ”Canadian”... read more
Hilliard MacBeth
Residential Lighting: How did your book come about? Hilliard MacBeth: Fifteen years ago, I started to notice people changing their attitude toward real estate, probably due to the bursting of the dot-com bubble in the 2000s... read more
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

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