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Laura Van Zeyl
This month, the Congressional provision that defunded the enforcement of the Energy Independence & Security Act’s (EISA) first light bulb regulations will expire. The rider, buried within an omnibus spending bill, did... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Recent reports from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University have offered some good news for the housing and remodeling industries. And while we’ve gotten quite used to sustaining our businesses somehow in... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
While I’ve always enjoyed the Accessories Resource Team (ART) Conference, this year’s 20th anniversary edition in May will hold a special place in my memory. Taking a cue from its location in New Orleans, where the “... read more
Mark Richardson
About 80 percent of your success in business today and in the future will come from your business acumen, not your product or service knowledge. Many of you have grown up in the business or have otherwise inherited... read more
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Cori Dunn
If showrooms were still feeling unsure about using the latest marketing technologies to improve business, the first-ever Digital Day at the January 2012 Dallas Intl. Lighting Market put that to rest. Intended to help... read more
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Cori Dunn
Economists declared the U.S. recession officially over in June 2009, but the residential lighting industry missed the memo. Persistent unemployment, falling household incomes and a dismal housing market wreaked havoc with... read more
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Cori Dunn
As economists were forecasting recession brought on by a crippled housing market, the Dallas Market Center's “bigger, brighter” 500,000-square-foot Trade Mart expansion opened in January 2007, doubling the size of the... read more
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Cori Dunn
Today, LED technology is the talk of the residential lighting industry, but before the mid-2000s, solid-state sources weren’t taken as seriously. Energy-efficient lighting was nothing new; the industry was already coaxing... read more
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Cori Dunn
By 2002, 80 percent of the lighting industry’s products were being manufactured in Asia. So it was serious business when a labor dispute in October at 29 West Coast ports provoked a shutdown that stranded hundreds of ships... read more
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Cori Dunn
Residential Lighting editors were just arriving at work, ready to put the October issue to bed, when two planes crashed into the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001. With the famed lighting district on the Bowery in Lower... read more
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Cori Dunn
Fears of a computer-generated apocalypse that would melt nuclear plants, destroy the power grid and poison the water supply were quickly quelled as people rang in Jan. 1, 2000. Millennial anxiety was soon replaced by the dot... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
One of my favorite “news” items that appeared after sequestration kicked in was a Facebook post from Hill Lighting’s Murry Hill. A casual photo of the Florida retailer, cropped to reveal both ocean and fishing pole in the... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
You know that giddy feeling when you have good news to share with your employees? Those moments have more emotional weight in our industry because our companies are filled with family, whether actual blood relations or folks... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
At January’s International Builders’ Show (IBS), the National Assn. of Home Builders (NAHB) and the National Kitchen & Bath Assn. (NKBA) made a groundbreaking announcement about their respective events for 2014 and... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
I’ll be eager to see the official attendance stats for this latest Dallas Market because I’m quite sure it was the strongest show in several years. Even before the official opening bell on Thursday, Jan. 17, buyers arrived... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Happy New Year! The close of 2012 not only proved a few Mayans wrong; it also marked the official milestone of Residential Lighting’s 20th anniversary since we first published in December 1992. Now, I wasn’t with the... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Day to day, we may feel like we are in the “lighting business.” We combine design and engineering know-how to conceive innovative product concepts. We transform raw materials into lamps and fixtures with both painstaking... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Entries and nominations are now open for the 2013 Showroom of the Year Awards, which we proudly present each year in partnership with the Dallas Market Center. This fourth edition of Showroom of the Year will again honor six... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
It’s that time of year again. Time to start making plans (if you haven’t already) for winter market buying. For most of us, the epicenter of that season lies squarely in Dallas. And this January, there are several show-... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
If there was any lingering doubt about how much the lighting industry now has in common with consumer electronics, two recent announcements will certainly put that to rest. Philips Lighting introduced a web-enabled LED home... read more

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