2012 Showroom of the Year Finalists: Revenue Under $2 Million
May 21, 2012 - 10:25am

Presenting the finalists for the 3rd annual Showroom of the Year Awards, sponsored by Residential Lighting and the Dallas Market Center. Join us at the Dallas Intl. Lighting Market on June 21 as we announce the winners. 



In a community like Steamboat Springs, preserving the environment and conserving energy are major priorities. Light Works of Steamboat reflects its community’s values and has partnered with the local green movement.

Besides doing all it can to keep clients up-to-date with the latest energy-efficient lighting technologies, the 2,000-square-foot showroom launched a fluorescent bulb recycling program that the company hopes will pay for itself. Through a local grant, Light Works paid $1 for a machine known as the Bulb Eater that crushes fluorescent bulbs and tubes in rapid fashion. That initiative earned the company the Steamboat Chamber Resort Assn.’s Navigator Award for Sustainable Business of the Year. The award, presented last fall, provided positive publicity on the front page of the local newspaper. 

As serious as Light Works is about saving the planet, company owners Richard and Nancy Schwanke feel just as strongly about having fun with lighting, whether you are selling it or living with it. The showroom is deliberately eclectic and reflects the casual, relaxed atmosphere found in “Ski Town USA.” The showroom makes its own custom displays that conform to its tight quarters. In keeping with the mountain theme, the showroom displays portable lighting on genuine log sections cut to miscellaneous lengths. Likewise, the owners want employees to have fun while they work at Light Works. Scheduling is flexible and taking a personal “powder day” now and then isn’t discouraged, either. 

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