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Laura Van Zeyl
At September’s American Lighting Assn. (ALA) Conference, in a standing-room-only session called “The LED Revolution,” Norm Brown, CLC, of Norburn Lighting called LED lighting the biggest opportunity for showrooms. There has... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
The ART formerly known as the Accessories Resource Team (now A Creative Home Furnishings Network) is not only shaking things up in terms of the organization’s new logo and branding. At the upcoming High Point Market, you’ll... 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
Attendance and engagement were noticeably up at last week’s American Lighting Assn. (ALA) Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Scottsdale, AZ. I’m so glad that so many people — official tally was an impressive 545 — were able... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
I was encouraged to hear a recent report from JPMorgan strategist Thomas Lee that listed 10 solid reasons why we will see significant gains in the U.S. housing market over the next five years. After languishing between 450,... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
In addition to a fresh, new logo, the industry association formerly known as the Accessories Resource Team (now in transition to be ART – A Creative Home Furnishings Network) is also freshening up by courting its youngest... read more
Residential Lighting June 1998
Cori Dunn
In 1996, an online bookseller named Amazon.com was turning the retail world upside down. The residential lighting industry was just beginning to figure out the Internet, an alluring but still undefined technology. Only 20... read more
Cori Dunn
Y2K was just around the corner, but by the late 1990s, the residential lighting industry had already entered a new era. Mass merchants and mail-order catalogs were finding great success by offering consumers a full... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
The High Point Market Authority (HPMA) recently won the EXCITE Award for Best Use of Social Media for its Style Spotters program. The program, which launched in October 2011, recruits eight interior designers and design... read more
Cori Dunn
During Residential Lighting’s earliest years, The Home Depot and its spin-off, EXPO Design Centers, were in rapid expansion mode. While lumber and building materials made Home Depot tick, EXPO was all about making big-box... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Amidst the national pride and awe of athleticism that always sweeps me up with every Olympics, this year’s games also remind me of New York City’s campaign to bring the event stateside. Even before Chicago’s failed bid for... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
I was saddened to hear of the passing of Marvin Traub, who died on July 10 at age 87 from bladder cancer. The longtime Chairman of Bloomingdale’s was a pioneer of merchandising who no doubt inspired many of the best in our... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
My son recently graduated from kindergarten, a magical age where kids are smart enough that they sometimes surprise you, yet innocent enough that they never truly shock you. His expanding vocabulary of “potty words” remains... read more
Cori Dunn
Landmark decisions in the early 1990s provided the foundation for the American Lighting Assn. (ALA) to expand and thrive. What began as a loosely knit group in 1949 had become large enough that by the early 1980s, ALA was... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
I just learned about an interesting social media-driven grant opportunity for small businesses being sponsored by Chase and Living Social. Metro Lighting, a retailer in Berkeley, CA, reached out and asked me (and all of its... read more
Mark Richardson
About a year ago, I was asked to give a keynote speech to the Alabama Home Builders Assn. The focus of my talk was to be wrapped around making some sense of what was happening in the industry and attempting to share... 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
Laura Van Zeyl
As someone who has perfected the art of procrastination, it may seem out of character for me to say now is the time to register for this year’s American Lighting Assn. (ALA) Conference in Scottsdale, AZ. I mean, the... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
I was happy to see lighting retailers and manufacturers among the attendees at the recent Accessories Resource Team (ART) Conference in New Orleans. For businesses that incorporate other home décor into the mix, or even if... read more
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

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