What kind of “culture” are you encouraging at your business?

What kind of “culture” are you encouraging at your business? A lighting manufacturer and a retailer share what works for them. “Your business has a defined culture, whether you know it or not – and whether you planned it or not,” quips Cathy Choi, president of light bulb manufacturer Bulbrite, which was founded by her […]

Residential Lighting Showrooms Partnering with Showhouses

Partnering With Showhouses

Participating in a showhouse can boost your store’s recognition within the design community.  By Marilyn Nason Showhouses have become an exciting fundraising vehicle in a growing number of U.S. cities, serving as an almost limitless – if somewhat unique – way to “introduce local/regional interior designers’ talents, as well as demonstrate how decorative lamps and […]

Riddles Jewelry, South Dakota

Riddles Jewelry: Bring on the Bling

LEDs serve as an ideal solution for turning up the dazzle in a jewelry store chain.    When you’re in the business of selling really expensive sparkly things, you need them to look incredibly beautiful. The Riddle family has had more than 50 years of success in the jewelry industry, opening its first store in […]


Robb Pope of Digital Ambiance: Let Us Entertain You!

Lighting designer Robb Pope of Digital Ambiance – who has created installations for Burning Man, auto maker Acura, the Light™ nightclub with Cirque Du Soleil in Las Vegas; and has worked on concerts for Justin Timberlake, Green Day, and No Doubt – discusses the role lighting plays in entertainment venues.      EnLIGHTenment Magazine:  How […]

Adkins Lighting

Adkins Lighting: A Traditional Favorite

 For the past 44 years, members of the Adkins family have enjoyed hearing, “I knew I could find it here!” from customers.  Co-founded by the late James Adkins, who passed away in June, Adkins Lighting Center got off to a modest start in 1969 as a small lighting store that once occupied a garage in […]

Thumprints: An American Company

Made in the USA Profile: Thumprints

“Lamps as unique as your thumprint” aptly describes this company, which was just named a Finalist in the Portable Lamp Manufacturer category of the 25th Annual ARTS Awards.  As a child in Little Rock, Ark., Allison West Davis whimsically dreamed of becoming Wonder Woman and, at one point, an astronaut. Her admiration of strong women […]

Residential LIghting Plans

Should You Charge for Lighting Plans?

Some lighting stores do it for free, many apply the fee to a purchase, and others set a price for the plans alone. No matter the method, offering this service sets your store apart.  In the era of showrooming offering professionally designed lighting plans can become a competitive edge for independent lighting showrooms. Findings from […]

CSL Redesigns Web Site

CSL (Creative Systems Lighting) Debuts Redesigned Web Site

CSL (Creative Systems Lighting) Debuts Redesigned Web Site. Online destination features specification-grade lighting and tools to help professionals manage projects Headquartered in City of Industry, Calif., CSL® (Creative Systems Lighting) has unveiled  its redesigned website www.csllighting.com, which is designed as an online destination for trade professionals seeking the latest in high-performance, energy-efficient LED products and other […]

Legend Lighting Austin Texas

Legend Lighting in Austin, Texas

A history of electrical work runs deep for Tyson Neal, who founded Legend Lighting in Austin, Texas four years ago.    As he was growing up, Tyson Neal would think about working for the family business: PowerHouse Electrical Services. His great-grandfather began wiring houses in the 1950s and grew the company into the largest electrical […]

Seattle EMP Museum

Seattle’s EMP Museum

The brainchild of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, Seattle’s EMP Museum pays tribute to some of the world’s most influential pop culture icons. Founded in 2000, the EMP building (also known as Experience Music Project) has a story as intriguing as the collections inside it. When designing an exterior that would evoke a rock ‘n’ roll […]