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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
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

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