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Laura Van Zeyl
The U.S. Department of Energy estimates the nation’s number of 60W sockets to be somewhere around 971 million, the majority of those being used in homes. Symbolically, the first phase of Energy Independence and Security Act... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Based on the accelerated speed of his selection and “confirmation hearings,” I know I’m not the only one who is absolutely thrilled with the appointment of Eric Jacobson as the new President of the American Lighting Assn. (... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
In late 2009, my team discussed with our friends at the Dallas Market Center (DMC) how we might jointly be able to show some love to lighting stores who were still taking quite a business beating at that time. After all,... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
As adept as the American Lighting Assn. (ALA) has become at navigating the legislative landscape of Washington, D.C., I’m glad that the organization has stopped short of mirroring the modus operandi of today’s partisan... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Last week’s High Point Market continued the positive energy permeating 2013 shows, even if unprecedented traffic patterns surprised some, confused others and disappointed a few exhibitors. The lessons I took away from these... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Having only completed two quarters of compulsory economics courses while studying journalism at Northwestern, I’m hardly qualified to comment on the government shutdown and looming debt ceiling crisis. But these stories are... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
After more than 20 years of covering the home furnishings market, my travel itineraries had become fairly reliable. I knew roughly when to expect a market to fall — or in the case of the High Point Market Authority, exactly... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
The 2013 Showroom of the Year Award winners represent a variety of successful approaches to retailing, but they share an ability to tell their story, making the passion for what they do relatable — and even contagious — for... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Kudos to the American Lighting Assn. (ALA) and the 2013 ALA Conference Committee on hosting a successful event on every level at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa near Austin, TX. More than 550 people participated... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
I have this fantasy that our readers eagerly scour their mail with each new month’s arrival in anticipation of the latest issue of Residential Lighting. Even if that’s not actually the case, I wanted to give everyone a heads... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
We were thrilled to be awarded a 2013 Silver TABBIE Award for Best Use of Social Media earlier this year from Trade Association Business Publications Intl.. Judges declared us “strong on every social media platform” and I... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
I attended the NY NOW show over the weekend, which is a rebrand of the New York Intl. Gift Fair, now taglined The Market for Gift + Lifestyle. The new floor plan organization was appreciated by all of the buyers I met, and I... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
It has been refreshing to experience renewed optimism and a vibrant energy at all of the industry events I have attended so far this year, but the most dramatic comeback I witnessed had to be the Las Vegas Market. After... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
I recently had a conversation with a retailer where she was lamenting that she didn’t feel like she had a “purpose.” To put our dialogue in context, we were attending an event where cancer researchers were talking about... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
You can tell how a man will treat his wife by how he treats his mother. Along those same lines, I would argue: You can tell how much an industry values design by how it treats its designers. When I attended Euroluce in Milan... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
I find it ironic that the biggest trend at the June Dallas Market (one that has been building for quite some time and shows no sign of stopping) was vintage industrial fixtures, featuring open, minimalist forms that seemed... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Maybe it’s a by-product of being a working mom, but I’m the queen of compartmentalization. I can tune out one crisis for the sake of solving another, keeping calm and carrying on in just about any circumstance. That’s why it... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
At last week's Dallas Market, I had the pleasure of presenting the fourth annual Showroom of the Year Awards, an event we proudly host with the Dallas Market Center each year. The finalists for these awards represent the... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Before joining Residential Lighting 20 years ago, I interned at the Waco Tribune-Herald in Waco, TX. There wasn’t much to do in Waco — I quickly exhausted The Circle, the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Dr... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Is it just me or does it seem like June gets earlier and earlier every year? Manufacturers pulling together new product portfolios for the summer Dallas Market surely feel that way. The question is: Will this edition bring... read more

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