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Nicole Bowling
Small Business Saturday is coming up this weekend, Nov. 28. Encouraging consumers to “shop small" since 2010, American Express has been working to give local businesses a boost. In 2014, an estimated 88 million consumers... read more
Nicole Bowling
Walking around the High Point Market last month got me thinking about designing for Millennials. Why? Well for starters, I am one, so I’m already innately thinking about what styles I gravitate toward and what speaks to my... read more
Nicole Bowling
There have been several notable personnel changes and business deals over the last few months, the latest of which is the acquisition of Juno Lighting by Acuity Brands. The deal will not be finalized until late 2015, meaning... read more
Nicole Bowling
Another fall High Point market wrapped last week, and despite the rather chilly temps, it was a success. Between new designer collections, buyers from all corners of the globe and some great new product, attendees, including... read more
Nicole Bowling
Coming off of last year’s country spectacular American Lighting Assn. (ALA) conference in downtown Nashville, I knew this year’s event in Huntington Beach would have to pull out all of the stops to get people talking.... read more
Nicole Bowling
It was strange to fly into Raleigh-Durham airport and not go to the High Point Market, but that’s exactly what I did back in June when I was a judge for the 13th annual Lighting for Tomorrow competition.  I, along with... read more
Nicole Bowling
If you haven't heard, the Dallas Market Center announced some big news last week — a rebrand of its bi-annual lighting show. The new name, Lightovation, was chosen to better represent the leadership and innovation our... read more
Nicole Bowling
Last month, the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) published a report, Technical Memorandum 30-15, in which it recommended a new color metric called TM-30 to replace CRI. CRI has been our handy, standby barometer to... read more
Nicole Bowling
You know what fall means … pumpkin spice lattes (yum!), cozy sweaters (yes!), changing leaves (can’t wait!) and issues of Vogue and Elle that weigh as much as a small child (workout comin’ right up!). Inside these magazines... read more
Nicole Bowling
This year’s Lightfair (LFI) was a show to remember, not only because of the magnitude of quality product on display (warm dim, high CRI and connected lighting to name a few), and because we got to hang out with our columnist... read more
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

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