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Laura Van Zeyl
My first-ever American Lighting Assn. (ALA) Convention was in Scottsdale, AZ. It was 1996, just a few years into the “new ALA” era of dedicated management, and right on the verge of Beth Bentley’s leadership in planning... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
My addiction to reality competition TV took a surprising and delightful turn when I tuned in to “Project Runway All Stars” and learned that the aspiring designers’ challenge for the week was to create runway looks... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
I’m still on a bit of a high from last week’s LightFair Intl. in Las Vegas. Official attendance figures are forthcoming, but the show already boasted its largest-ever exhibitor base (more than 500) and anyone on the show... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
I can always count on the High Point Market to be equal parts invigorating and exhausting, and the most recent edition was no exception. It’s always exciting to see that much new lighting product in such a range of styles... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
There’s an incredibly important show this month — so major that it lasts six days. Oh, yes — you know exactly which one I’m talking about. Or do you? Because there are no fewer than three such shows in an unprecedented trade... read more
First issue of Residential Lighting from Dec. 1992
Cori Dunn
Lighting’s "fashion magazine for a fashion industry” came along at exactly the right time. A recession was ending and the housing market was starting to recover. (Sound familiar?) And for lighting showrooms, a tough new form... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
We have a saying here in Chicago about elections: Vote early and often. While the last part of that edict pays homage to our city’s unsavory political past, I have no issue with the first part. Yep, that’s me leaving the... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Thanks to the tireless initiative of our Managing Editor Shanna Casey, Residential Lighting guest hosted its first Twitter chat a couple of weeks ago. Regularly scheduled programming for #kbtribechat each Wednesday at 2 p.m... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
The week that this year’s Sports Illustrated swimsuit Issue came out, Kathy Ireland was on the cover ... of Forbes. There is perhaps no better illustration of self-reinvention than her journey from one cover to the... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
American Lighting’s Mobile LED Light Lab has been blazing a trail on a mission to educate end-users about solid-state options for residential, commercial and specialty applications — specifically its line of LED innovations... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Unless you’re a Mayan, I guess, 2012 is shaping up rather nicely. It’s certainly off to a good start if you’re Bill Winsor, President and CEO of the Dallas Market Center, who issued a statement last month in the middle... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Just judging by recent Facebook posts from showrooms I’m following, many lighting retailers have been pretty occupied lately putting their winter market treasures on the floor. With housing starts simultaneously seeing their... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
I’m still beaming from such a strong winter show season for home furnishings. It kicked off in Atlanta with high traffic and robust order writing and continued in Dallas with a mood on the lighting floors that was nothing... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
I just had the strangest — and most wonderful — dream. I was in Dallas for the winter market and it was, like, 75 degrees out. Yes, in January! I saw tons of buyers all over the Trade Mart, starting on Wednesday before the... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
I’ve borne witness to a lot of growth at the Dallas Market over the years, from adding the fourth floor of the Trade Mart as part of the show to expanding that building a good deal east overall, and this upcoming event feels... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Just as we were going to press with our January issue, Congress managed to give the 100W standard incandescent bulb a stay of execution on the eve of the Energy Independence & Security Act (EISA) regulations going into... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
The recent Congressional rider temporarily watering down the enforcement of the Energy Independence & Security Act’s (EISA) light bulb provisions and resulting confusion among consumers means that lighting showrooms are... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
I have great empathy for my manufacturer marketing contacts when they are in the throes of working on a new catalog. It’s similar enough to what we do each month putting together Residential Lighting magazine that I can... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
We interrupt this Thanksgiving to bring you ... Black Friday. I may have been morally opposed to stores' early start on the holiday shopping season, but I can't argue with the results. A record 226 million shoppers visited... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Last week, I attended the min Editorial & Design Awards at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. A leading trade publication in my “other” industry (magazine publishing), min (Media Industry Newsletter) had named the April... read more

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