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Nicole Bowling
A collective “hallelujah” could be heard, no doubt from many in the lighting industry, after the announcement that the Pacific Maritime Assn. and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union had finally come to a... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
As much as I may have considered January a character-builder this year with all of the back-to-back and overlapped shows, my experience paled in comparison to that of many exhibitors. How they get product and personnel from... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Even though I’ve now been covering lighting and home decor for more years than I’d actually been alive when I started doing it (yikes!), there’s an aspect of my profession that still renders me insecure. I’m in two... read more
Nicole Bowling
Winter market season is coming to a close, and what a whirlwind it was! A fantastic whirlwind of amazing product, affirmative attitudes and positive outlooks. Although port congestion from the strike on the West Coast had... read more
Nicole Bowling
Christmas trees and menorahs have been (or should have been, for all you procrastinators) put away, but for many, the thought of New Year’s resolutions is still fresh in our minds. If you’re anything like me, you’re eager to... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
During a Dallas Market for the books with no shortage of incredible highlights, my defining "wow" moment actually happened off-site, when Lights Fantastic Pro generously hosted an eager industry for a grand opening of its... read more
Nicole Bowling
Can you believe it? We’re into a single-digit countdown to the winter Dallas Market, and I’m excited to head south! I not only get to escape Polar Vortex round two that's rolling into Chicago as we speak, I also get to see... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
When my husband and I embarked on a recent home renovation, I expected the lighting part to be a piece of cake. With my knowledge of the industry, I thought the toughest aspect of the selection would be aesthetic — my... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
The call for entries and nominations for the 2015 Showroom of the Year Awards are now open. Any brick-and-mortar lighting retailer in North America is eligible. Stores can enter themselves or anyone in the lighting industry... read more
Nicole Bowling
The big news late last week was Pantone's 2015 Color of the Year announcement — a reddish-brown tone called Marsala (Pantone® 18-1438) now wears the crown. The robust and earthy wine red is described as “hearty” and “... read more
Nicole Bowling
In November, I conquered a personal goal that I’d been working toward for some time by becoming certified as a personal trainer. Now I can provide professional assistance if any of you need a gym buddy early mornings at the... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
This week, it seems everyone’s mind is on shopping, whether it’s strategizing acquisitions for our own holiday gift lists or anticipating the traffic coming our way from customers on the hunt. In our industry, it’s probably... read more
Nicole Bowling
Last month, I somehow found myself at a luncheon at the Marriott Marquis in New York City, being honored as one of FOLIO: Magazine’s 20 in their 20s —young people who are bringing creativity and innovation to their companies... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
It’s always interesting to see parallels between apparel in fall fashion magazines and products on display shortly thereafter in High Point. Inevitably, there are colors, finishes, motifs and themes with simultaneously... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
The mood at last week’s High Point Market was a welcome one that I have not felt in a long time. The glimmers of positive energy that have been getting steadily brighter reached supernova status at this show, supported by... read more
Nicole Bowling
Last week was a great, and especially proud, week to be a part of the lighting industry. On Oct. 7 is was announced that the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics was jointly awarded to the inventors of blue LED — Isamu Akasaki,... read more
Nicole Bowling
I’m sad to admit that college is becoming more of a memory with each passing year. One thing sticks in my mind though, especially now that I’m fully immersed in this industry — “the” lamp. This 6-foot-tall torchiere (which I... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
When have you ever left an American Lighting Assn. (ALA) Conference — or any event in the lighting industry, for that matter — and heard nothing but fervent enthusiasm for what just took place? This is not a group that keeps... read more
Nicole Bowling
As with years past, our September issue is hitting your mailboxes later than usual due to the top-secret information that was unveiled this morning at an American Lighting Assn. (ALA) Annual Conference breakfast — ALA... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Define “efficacy.” It’s the amount of light output relative to the amount of energy expended, right? Longtime American Lighting Assn. (ALA) educator Joe Rey-Barreau coined a great way of explaining it: Lumens per watt for a... read more

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