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Laura Van Zeyl
This week, it seems everyone’s mind is on shopping, whether it’s strategizing acquisitions for our own holiday gift lists or anticipating the traffic coming our way from customers on the hunt. In our industry, it’s probably... read more
Nicole Bowling
Last month, I somehow found myself at a luncheon at the Marriott Marquis in New York City, being honored as one of FOLIO: Magazine’s 20 in their 20s —young people who are bringing creativity and innovation to their companies... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
It’s always interesting to see parallels between apparel in fall fashion magazines and products on display shortly thereafter in High Point. Inevitably, there are colors, finishes, motifs and themes with simultaneously... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
The mood at last week’s High Point Market was a welcome one that I have not felt in a long time. The glimmers of positive energy that have been getting steadily brighter reached supernova status at this show, supported by... read more
Nicole Bowling
Last week was a great, and especially proud, week to be a part of the lighting industry. On Oct. 7 is was announced that the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics was jointly awarded to the inventors of blue LED — Isamu Akasaki,... read more
Nicole Bowling
I’m sad to admit that college is becoming more of a memory with each passing year. One thing sticks in my mind though, especially now that I’m fully immersed in this industry — “the” lamp. This 6-foot-tall torchiere (which I... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
When have you ever left an American Lighting Assn. (ALA) Conference — or any event in the lighting industry, for that matter — and heard nothing but fervent enthusiasm for what just took place? This is not a group that keeps... read more
Nicole Bowling
As with years past, our September issue is hitting your mailboxes later than usual due to the top-secret information that was unveiled this morning at an American Lighting Assn. (ALA) Annual Conference breakfast — ALA... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Define “efficacy.” It’s the amount of light output relative to the amount of energy expended, right? Longtime American Lighting Assn. (ALA) educator Joe Rey-Barreau coined a great way of explaining it: Lumens per watt for a... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Take it from a mom. “Everybody’s doing it” is a poor excuse to do just about anything. But that’s not stopping an endless loop of Ice Bucket Challenges playing on our social media streams, raising unprecedented money and... read more
Nicole Bowling
After last February’s snowstorm and cancelled flight, I’m glad to say that I successfully made it to NY NOW this time around. My first stop at the market was Accent on Design, where some of the coolest and most innovative... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Last week’s Las Vegas Market kicked off with an announcement about the show’s third phase of its strategic growth plan, news that was quickly overshadowed by another announcement in The Wall Street Journal. International... read more
Nicole Bowling
The 2014 Showroom of the Year Awards was one for the books, partly because this year marked a significant milestone — five years of honoring the best retailers in our industry. The six winners have plenty to be proud of and... read more
Nicole Bowling
Last week, Laura Van Zeyl and I received the news that Residential Lighting won the Gold TABBIE Award for Best Use of Social Media. Hosted by Trade Association Business Publications Intl., this year’s competition saw more... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
The timing couldn’t be better. In the latest issue of Today’s Chicago Woman magazine, I’ve somehow found myself on its list of 100 Women of Inspiration, in the company of our city’s major female philanthropists, civic... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
At the summer 2010 Las Vegas Market, our magazine sponsored a seminar on store merchandising featuring the inimitable Denis Caldora. Although he was already legendary in the lighting industry, this was the first exposure... read more
Nicole Bowling
At last week’s Dallas Market, Laura Van Zeyl and I presented the fifth annual Showroom of the Year Awards in conjunction with the Dallas Market Center. The winners of each of the three dollar-volume awards, as well as of the... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
One of the most interesting trends at this month’s Lightfair in Las Vegas was a pronounced shift in how some LED lighting is now being developed and marketed. Along with familiar performance metrics like efficacy and life... read more
Nicole Bowling
“Yes, I’d like a triple venti sugar-free, non-fat, no-foam, extra caramel, with whip caramel macchiato.” Say that three times fast. Oh, you can? We are entrenched in an era of retail mass customization, where personalized... read more
Nicole Bowling
The June Dallas Market is right around the corner — June 18-21 — so if you haven’t made travel plans yet, here’s your reminder. Something to keep in mind: Instead of the historic Thursday-Monday date pattern in January and... read more

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