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Nicole Bowling
Last week, Aug. 12-13, Residential Lighting in partnership with New York City showroom Lighting by Gregory (LBG) hosted LED University Live, its first live CEU learning event for the local design and specification... read more
Nicole Bowling
Our Industry Leadership Award is given to one deserving recipient every year, chosen by our readership from of a group of finalists. The award was created to honor men and women that make our industry great; the ones that... read more
Nicole Bowling
I was completely “wowed” by this year’s Showroom of the Year Award winners. It’s rare to see multiple showrooms that knock it out of the park in every category — customer service that makes clients feel like the belle of the... read more
Nicole Bowling
Last weekend, the Residential Lighting team attended the 15th annual Goombay Bash at Chicago’s Navy Pier. The Caribbean-themed fundraiser is organized by the H Foundation, a cancer research charity that was founded by ... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
If attendance at the June Dallas Market seemed higher than usual, much of the credit for that belongs to Lighting One. The fast-growing cooperative of 280 independent retailers held its annual Convention just before the show... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Even knowing the hunger for LED information that exists inside and outside our industry, I’ve been blown away by the participation in our LED University educational platform. Linked from www.ResidentialLighting.com and... read more
Nicole Bowling
June's 2015 Houzz & Home survey delivers some stats I know you'll like — feedback on residential remodeling, building and decorating from 260,000 Houzz users globally indicate more consumer interest in lighting than has... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
There was an era when I could still participate in American Lighting Assn. (ALA) Young Executives or ART “Under 40” events without anyone looking askance. I ran around downtown Nashville frantically snapping photos with my... read more
Nicole Bowling
I liken Lightfair to an expedited stint of my former favorite show “The Amazing Race,” where in three days’ time Laura Van Zeyl and I are tasked with learning as much as we can about the newest technology while navigating... read more
Nicole Bowling
If you’re lucky enough to have, or have had, a great mentor, you can understand how cool it was when earlier this spring, four “generations” of Residential Lighting were able to sit down at lunch together for a big, fat... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
I spent much of my last day at Lightfair 2015 with Randall Whitehead, IALD, a practicing lighting designer in San Francisco who also happens to be an author, a frequent guest in consumer media on the subject of lighting and... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
At last June’s Dallas Market, while I was passing out our “as seen in” boards for advertisers on the day before the show opened, I remember running into Freddie Naimer, who was positively giddy about Montréal Lighting &... read more
Nicole Bowling
Every exhibitor has his/her own gauge of show traffic. While we were at the spring High Point market last week, the following reasons were cited to me as indicators that there were indeed more bodies in the halls: the M&... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Did anyone else find it ironic that fixtures with exposed vintage bulbs really took off around the same time that LED retrofit lamps were advancing so rapidly? Just as appealing as the warm glow, the simplicity surely... read more
Nicole Bowling
It’s easy to take things for granted; the air we breathe, the water we drink, the light we ... oh wait. That’s one thing we don’t take for granted. By the nature of our jobs, it’s at the forefront of our minds, all day,... read more
Nicole Bowling
In a recent meeting at Residential Lighting headquarters, we had a discussion about whether LED had reached its peak yet. “Is it played out?” “Do we need to specify it on the editorial calendar?” “Are people even interested... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
The January Dallas Market got 2015 off on the right foot for our industry in just about every way. Buyer traffic was visibly up, sales were robust, product introductions were innovative and the overall mood was upbeat. By... read more
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

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