Retail Education

Home furnishings and lighting retailers face many challenges in this ever-changing economy. From new consumer expectations to online competition, today's retailers work hard to ensure their customers have access to on-trend products and great customer service. In this section, you'll find all things retailing — news, features, analysis and tools — needed to make your retail business a success.

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5 Answers to Tough Customer LED Questions

As LEDs grow in popularity, chances are more clients will be asking tough LED questions that interior designers or even home furnishings retailers may not know how to answer.  We asked experts at…
Crest Lighting and Retrofit Home homepages
Both Crest Lighting and Retrofit Home aim to carry over the benefits of their showrooms to their e-commerce sites.

The Great E-Commerce Leap

There are plenty of reasons why businesses build e-commerce sites — better economic opportunity, a larger audience and more options for customers, to name a few. In the lighting and home decor retail…

How to Stand Out in the Showroom Crowd

If you’ve seen one Home Depot store, you’ve basically seen them all. Big-box retailers depend on uniformity, but independently owned showrooms have more freedom to write their own rules. Beyond big-…

Why It’s Important for Showrooms to Give Back to their Communities

Establish Good Community Relations Perhaps most importantly, giving back establishes positive relations between businesses and the communities they serve. The family-owned and operated company,…
Lenny pendant with a Natural Iron finish from Arteriors, which displays its UL listing
The Lenny pendant from Arteriors Home has a UL lighting listing for damp/covered outdoor spaces. Here's what that means.

UL Lighting Listings Explained

Randall Whitehead, IALD, explains the omnipresent UL designation and what it means for your product offering. Q.: Randall, what is a UL lighting listing, and why is a label from UL required on light…

5 Home Decor Trends We Can’t Wait For in 2017

2016 saw tons of warm metals, Scandinavian flair, boho looks and more. What does this new year have in store for home decor? 1) Texture: Velvet, rattan, chunky textiles, wallpaper — mixing different…

How to Successfully Hire Staff for Your Showroom

Behind every successful business is a group of motivated and talented employees. Building a great staff is one of the most vital things a showroom can undertake to breed success, but how can you find…

Lighting Companies Explain How to Stay Open During Construction

Northwest Lighting and Accents is busy putting the finishing touches on a big remodel project they began more than a year ago to make room for fully integrated fan, bath and outdoor experience labs…
Concrete ceiling lighting ideas for a work space with concrete ceilings and hanging pendants
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How to Deal With Concrete Ceilings

Q: We have moved into a fantastic high-rise condominium, but we have a problem: The ceilings are concrete and we just have one junction box in the main room. How do we do anything beyond track? A:…
Bedroom with furniture from Hooker Furniture
In the bedroom, color temperature makes all the difference. Photo: Hooker Furniture

The Right Lighting Color Temperature

It's tough getting the right color temperature for a space, but luckily, the Lighting Doctor, Randall Whitehead, is here to help! See how Whitehead's advice helped this reader better understand the…