Laura Kirar
Kirar: My biggest inspiration is nature. I’ll see something that alludes to something else or reminds me of a feeling. My next thought is to translate the organic — be it a flower, a rock or grasses blowing in the wind —... read more
American Lighting Mobile LED Light Lab
It was the night before Capitol Lighting’s first Light Lunch Food Truck Event, and company President Eric Lebersfeld fell asleep wishing for sunny skies ahead. The following afternoon, American Lighting’s Mobile LED Light... read more
Mike Anderson Center for Sales Strategy
Residential Lighting: Tell us about Elm Street Economics. Mike Anderson: It does no good to worry about the headlines coming out of Wall Street or Washington. Focus on Elm Street, your local customers. Think about the real... read more
ALA is also working with the Dept. of Energy (DOE) on a review of ceiling fan energy efficiency requirements. Upton says the DOE met with ceiling fan manufacturers last October and again in January to discuss the issue. The... read more
ALA recently did a survey to ascertain how new Energy Star® requirements will affect the number of companies who choose to participate in the program. American Lighting Assn. (ALA) President and CEO Dick Upton says the... read more
The Ministry of the Environment in British Columbia announced that all lighting showrooms or lighting manufacturers doing business in the Canadian province must pay a recycling fee for each lighting product they sell. In... read more
Florence de Dampierre
Florence de Dampierre: I want to create an interior that reflects the individual, that’s affordable and not cookie-cutter, and that has personality. My inspiration is classic with a modern and unusual twist. I take a lot of... read more
ARTS Award-winning designer Randal Weeks
Weeks: I’m a fan of the chateaus, castles and churches of England, France and Italy. I’m fascinated by their architectural elements, whether old candlesticks, fragments from buildings or found objects. You can put... read more
Lighting showrooms may be on the cutting edge regarding solid-state technology, but they’re a bit behind when it comes to merchandising.  “You go into the average lighting store, it’s a bit archaic,” says Dave Yoho of... read more
Marti Barletta of The TrendSight Group
Residential Lighting: How do I get more women to my showroom? Marti Barletta: Provide choices and understand her situation. She will go somewhere else to find options if you don’t show them to her. She views shopping for... read more
Harry Kallick, this year's inductee into the ALA Lighting Hall of Fame
Industry veteran Harry Kallick will be inducted into the American Lighting Assn. Lighting Hall of Fame during the ALA Conference’s Annual Banquet on Tuesday, Sept. 11.  Kallick is a longtime lighting leader who founded... read more
The Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, AZ.
The 2012 American Lighting Assn. Annual Conference, Sept. 9-11, promises to be a "must-attend event," thanks to fantastic seminars and networking opportunities as well as yet another fabulous location - the Hyatt... read more
Hinkley Lighting's display for the Atlantis outdoor collection in Dallas
Warmer weather has lured people out into the sunshine, where they will be walking by shops and perusing their windows. And if your displays haven’t seen much TLC lately, it may be time to put on that thinking cap. ... read more
Dennis Beard
Dennis Beard: I love mixing elements from the past and giving them a new twist. One of the Hepburns said that she liked “classic with a twist.” I appreciate all periods of art, and I studied them in art history. But I also... read more
Crystal Vilkaitis, Social Media Director at SnapRetail
Residential Lighting: How important is social media marketing? Crystal Vilkaitis: It’s the only marketing channel where we can talk directly to our customers. We can’t do that with a postcard, a billboard or a mailer. It... read more
CAPITOL LIGHTINGBOCA RATON, FL One of the most established lighting showroom companies, 88-year-old Capitol Lighting is also one of the most modern marketers around. A “bricks and clicks” business model has been a success... read more
GROSS ELECTRICTOLEDO, OH The residential lighting industry is known for its family-owned businesses, and Gross Electric is among the oldest and most respected in the market. The largest lighting showroom in the Toledo market... read more
CHRISTIE’S LIGHTING GALLERYFLETCHER, NC While other showrooms in the area were cutting back or closing their doors for good, this enterprising showroom opened in 2008 and broke the million-dollar sales mark this past year.... read more
  For homeowners looking to add perceived value to their property, the right outdoor lighting can do wonders for a home’s exterior. No one knows that better than John Gidding, host of HGTV’s “Curb Appeal: The Block.”... read more
1. The Major Benefits of LEDs   Rey-Barreau says: Today, LEDs exceed 100 lumens per watt, and we expect that number to double in the next 10 years. LED life is anywhere from 25,000 to 50,000 hours. LEDs also don’t... read more

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