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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
Laura Van Zeyl
As predicted in my pre-show column, there was a bolder banner waving across the board at last week’s High Point Market celebrating designs that were made in America. From Vaughan-Bassett’s prominent red-white-and-blue... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Have you heard about the All-American Home? Anders Lewendal and his eponymous construction company in Bozeman, MT, is building the first documented home to be built entirely of American-made products. And when they say “... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Anyone who has tried to take my picture at an industry event knows that I much prefer to have the camera lens turned outward, focused (as it should be) on the folks outside of our magazine who truly make the lighting world... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
How incredible was last week’s American Lighting Assn. (ALA) Conference in Palm Beach, FL? For starters, the setting at The Breakers had me at “hello.” I’d never enjoyed a drink on top of a fish tank bar or sat in a seminar... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Hot on the heels of Philips Lighting’s victory in the L Prize 60W category, our industry is abuzz about another LED replacement bulb. Lighting Science Group announced last week that it would be introducing a 60W equivalent... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Alan and Mitch Colker of Alco Lighting Sales in Richmond, VA, have hosted regular American Lighting Assn. (ALA) accredited seminars led by longtime ALA educator Joe Rey-Barreau for some time now. It’s one of the reasons ALA... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Congratulations to Hortons Home Lighting and its indefatigable H Foundation on another successful Goombay Bash on Saturday night. The event filled Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom in Chicago with more than 1,000 folks on fire to... read more

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