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Laura Van Zeyl
When Pantone announced that its Color of the Year for 2013 would be Emerald, I braced myself for the green scene that would follow at the winter markets in January. I was not surprised to find front window displays awash in... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Leave it to the market venue that opened one of its buildings with a performance by Rod Stewart — and had President Bill Clinton as a keynote speaker two years ago — to bring in some more heavy hitters for its winter 2013... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Working on our 20th anniversary supplement this month, I found it amazing how much the business and science of lighting had changed in that timeframe. Technology may be responsible for most major adjustments in our industry... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Many times, a “rebrand” simply brings your marketing image up to speed with the realities of how you’ve already evolved. That’s certainly the case for ART - The Creative Home Furnishings Network. This dynamic industry... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
The American Lighting Assn. (ALA) Bi-National Advertising and PR program was launched 15 years ago with a budget of $324,000 and a goal to create 68 million consumer impressions with a targeted PR effort to mainsteam media... read more
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
Residential Lighting magazine
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
Residential Lighting magazine
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
Residential Lighting magazine
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
Residential Lighting magazine
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
Residential Lighting magazine
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

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