American Lighting Association


ALA Offers CLC Courses at the June Dallas Market

Lighting buyers and store owners looking to increase their lighting knowledge will find what they’re looking for at the International Lighting Market held at the Dallas Market Center this week (June 18-21). The seminar topics were carefully chosen to reflect the rapidly changing technology developments affecting the lighting retail business.   With the advent of […]


ALA Appoints Justin Neumann as Vice President of Government Affairs

The American Lighting Association (ALA), headquartered in Dallas, has hired Justin E. Neumann as VP/Government Affairs. He is currently the Director/Government Relations with the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and a graduate of Brigham Young University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Neumann has gained significant experience with lighting issues from his work at […]

Lighting for Tomorrow

Lighting for Tomorrow 2014 Competition Launched

Lighting for Tomorrow 2014 Competition Launched Energy efficient lighting design competition features lighting controls, LED fixtures, retrofit kits, replacement lamps, and OLED fixtures   Lighting for Tomorrow launched its twelfth consecutive annual competition at the Dallas Market, January 15-19. In 2014, Lighting for Tomorrow is looking for products that meet market price points as part […]


American Lighting Association Appoints Eric Jacobson President

The American Lighting Association’s (ALA) Board of Governors voted unanimously to name Eric Jacobson as its new President, following the retirement of Dick Upton in January 2015.  Jacobson has served as VP/Membership Development Services & Administration since coming on board as part of the “New ALA” in January 1994. After Upton’s retirement announcement during the […]


In Memoriam: John McKiernan

The entire lighting community, employees of Lutron Electronics, the executive team at the American Lighting Association (ALA) and its membership, mourn the loss of industry icon John McKiernan, vice chairman of Lutron Electronics.   Just last month, John was honored by his peers during the ALA Conference in Austin with his induction into the ALA’s Lighting […]

Lighting for Tomorrow

Lighting for Tomorrow 2013 Winners Announced

Lighting for Tomorrow 2013 Awards Announced!   The winners of the much-anticipated annual Lighting for Tomorrow competition were announced at the American Lighting Association (ALA) Conference in Lost Pines, Tx., and included both companies that are not widely known in the residential side of the lighting industry as well as those more familiar to distributors. […]

American Lighting Association Director of Conferences Beth Bentley

Beth Bentley Answers the Most Commonly Asked Questions About the ALA Conference

We sat down with Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) Beth Bentley, director/Conferences for the American Lighting Association (ALA) to learn the ins and outs of organizing the annual gathering. enLIGHTenment Magazine:  How and when do you decide where the conference will be? Beth Bentley:  We typically look three to four years ahead of where we’d like […]

Behind the American Lighting Association

American Lighting Association: Behind the Scenes

If you’re in the lighting business, you know what the ALA is, but  you probably don’t know half of what they do When the American Lighting Association (ALA) first came into being nearly 20 years ago, the industry was a lot simpler. The incandescent was the primary residential light source and spiral compact fluorescents were […]

Lighting For Tomorrow 2012 Competition - The Best Designed Energy Efficient Residential Lighting Products

Lighting for Tomorrow 2012 Awards Announced

Lighting for Tomorrow 2012 Awards Announced! The tenth annual Lighting for Tomorrow competition recognizes the best designed, energy efficient lighting products entering the residential market. The 2012 competition featured energy efficient light emitting diode (LED) lighting fixtures, replacement lamps, fixture retrofit kits, and lighting controls. Lighting for Tomorrow continues to challenge manufacturers to improve their […]

Thomas Industries Nelson J Bleisch

In Memoriam: Industry Veteran Nelson Bleisch

Nelson J. Bleisch, age 85, died Wednesday August 22, surrounded by his family. He worked for 25 years at Thomas Industries of Louisville, Ky., where he held several positions in multiple states, including General Manager of PhilMar Lamps in Euclid, Ohio.  After leaving Thomas, he returned to Cleveland as General Manager of Kichler Lighting, during […]