Residential Lighting: What's your take on retailing today? Rick Segel: I think independents have the greatest opportunity ever in the history of retailing. There are more no-cost and low-cost marketing tools available today... read more
Solid-state lighting (SSL) represents a family of novel general lighting technologies that generate light by passing current through a crystalline solid rather than a heated element, gas or plasma. The most popular is the... read more
The American Lighting Assn. (ALA) will host its 2013 Annual Conference in Lost Pines, TX, near Austin, at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa Sept. 22-24. With a schedule of “All-Star” speakers, seminars on topics... read more
Yale Appliance + Lighting may have added refrigerators and washing machines to its lighting mix in the 1960s, but at its 25,000-square-foot showroom in Dorchester, MA, the relationship between the two sides of the business... read more
Connecticut Lighting Centers, Hartford, CT The first in its area to promote the “lighting center” concept, family-owned and -operated Connecticut Lighting Centers was established in 1972 by the Director family and a staff... read more
Cleveland Lighting, Lyndhurst, OH After a fire destroyed its original showroom in 2009, Cleveland Lighting came back from the ashes with a facility that set a new standard for modern showroom design. Its ability to rebound... read more
  Accent Lighting, Lake Oswego, OR Accent Lighting’s approach to success is deceptively simple: It does everything in its power to make sure customers have the best possible experience doing business with the 17-year-... read more
LED lighting can be overwhelming for the average lighting shopper. “In our showroom, we carry everything from LED pendants to color-changing tape light,” says Craig Frank, General Manager of Lighting Unlimited in Houston. “... read more
Residential Lighting: Lightfair attendance has been up during a tough economy. Why is that?Jeff Portman: Lightfair has been growing significantly and consistently every year since its inception in 1989. But the 2012 Las... read more
McCoy: My guide is the client. Is the interior modern? Is it Moroccan? I’m working on a house right now that takes inspiration from Bali and Thailand. I like to travel to places like Las Vegas to see cutting-edge restaurants... read more
Residential Lighting: What overall home design directions are important right now?Andrea Sinkin: Definitely the introduction of surrealism among products. Our Home Editor, Jaye Anna Mize, says pieces are taking a more... read more
Lacefield: I love to travel and am always inspired by experiencing different cultures and the unique items I collect along the way. Fashion, architecture, food, nature, books — I am inspired by them all. Recent trips to... read more
Multi Luminaire — Laval, QC Located next to the largest mall in town, Multi Luminaire benefits from high visibility and a lot of foot traffic. “We’re dedicated only to lighting,” says Catherine Patry, Director of Sales. “Of... read more
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
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

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