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Nicole Bowling
Another Dallas market is in the books. For the first time as Lightovation, I have to say — what a great show. The new look and updated branding really took shape in the halls of the Trade Mart and World Trade Center, and... read more
Nicole Bowling
I hope you downloaded the app and you’re ready to rock and roll — Lightovation officially starts tomorrow! There is, of course, so much to see and do while you’re there; but that’s what we live for, right? Be sure to fit... read more
Nicole Bowling
This month, I drafted an article that I found difficult to write. And not because of writer’s block. A retailer contacted us late last year asking if we could, or would, address the fact that some manufacturers are now... read more
Nicole Bowling
It’s the first full week of 2016, which has many of us heading back to work with personal and professional resolutions top of mind. I’m big on resolutions. I actually approach them more like objectives for the year, as I’m a... read more
Nicole Bowling
As we all prepare for our whirlwind Januarys, I wanted to put something else in your ear — and on your to-do list (sorry!). Our 2016 Showroom of the Year Awards are now open for entries and nominations, and I know there are... read more
Nicole Bowling
As I sit here savoring my flat white out of a Starbucks holiday cup, the idea that the new cup design debuted in November is a coup against Christmas seems a little far-fetched to me. Dubbed “Red Cup Gate,” outrage blew up... read more
Nicole Bowling
Pantone announced last week that its 2016 Color of the Year title would be shared by two pastel co-shades: Serenity (Pantone® 15-3919) and Rose Quartz (Pantone® 13-1520). Serenity, a soft blue hue that hints at... read more
Nicole Bowling
Small Business Saturday is coming up this weekend, Nov. 28. Encouraging consumers to “shop small" since 2010, American Express has been working to give local businesses a boost. In 2014, an estimated 88 million consumers... read more
Nicole Bowling
Walking around the High Point Market last month got me thinking about designing for Millennials. Why? Well for starters, I am one, so I’m already innately thinking about what styles I gravitate toward and what speaks to my... read more
Nicole Bowling
There have been several notable personnel changes and business deals over the last few months, the latest of which is the acquisition of Juno Lighting by Acuity Brands. The deal will not be finalized until late 2015, meaning... read more
Nicole Bowling
Another fall High Point market wrapped last week, and despite the rather chilly temps, it was a success. Between new designer collections, buyers from all corners of the globe and some great new product, attendees, including... read more
Nicole Bowling
Coming off of last year’s country spectacular American Lighting Assn. (ALA) conference in downtown Nashville, I knew this year’s event in Huntington Beach would have to pull out all of the stops to get people talking.... read more
Nicole Bowling
It was strange to fly into Raleigh-Durham airport and not go to the High Point Market, but that’s exactly what I did back in June when I was a judge for the 13th annual Lighting for Tomorrow competition.  I, along with... read more
Nicole Bowling
If you haven't heard, the Dallas Market Center announced some big news last week — a rebrand of its bi-annual lighting show. The new name, Lightovation, was chosen to better represent the leadership and innovation our... read more
Nicole Bowling
Last month, the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) published a report, Technical Memorandum 30-15, in which it recommended a new color metric called TM-30 to replace CRI. CRI has been our handy, standby barometer to... read more
Nicole Bowling
You know what fall means … pumpkin spice lattes (yum!), cozy sweaters (yes!), changing leaves (can’t wait!) and issues of Vogue and Elle that weigh as much as a small child (workout comin’ right up!). Inside these magazines... read more
Nicole Bowling
This year’s Lightfair (LFI) was a show to remember, not only because of the magnitude of quality product on display (warm dim, high CRI and connected lighting to name a few), and because we got to hang out with our columnist... read more
Nicole Bowling
Last week, Aug. 12-13, Residential Lighting in partnership with New York City showroom Lighting by Gregory (LBG) hosted LED University Live, its first live CEU learning event for the local design and specification... read more
Nicole Bowling
Our Industry Leadership Award is given to one deserving recipient every year, chosen by our readership from of a group of finalists. The award was created to honor men and women that make our industry great; the ones that... read more
Nicole Bowling
I was completely “wowed” by this year’s Showroom of the Year Award winners. It’s rare to see multiple showrooms that knock it out of the park in every category — customer service that makes clients feel like the belle of the... read more

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