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  • It's the End of the Bulb as We Know It (and EISA Feels Fine)

    Consumers haven’t gotten the full story about the phase-out of inefficient incandescent lamps. The change in standards is expanding options, not reducing them. We talk to experts who boil down the essential information.

     
  • After the Recession, the Restructuring

    The 2008 economic contraction put a lot of architects out of work, with consequences for lighting designers and allied professionals. Reshaped firms now face the bracing conditions of a livelier market, changing expectations, and, for some, unprecedented opportunities.

     
  • The Atlantic Divide on Energy Codes

    While all energy codes strive for continual improvement, they reflect different philosophies affecting buildings' form and performance. In the U.S., jurisdictions prescribe specific practices at the design and construction stages, while Europeans tend to set broad benchmarks, implement...

     
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    Meet the Replacements

    Many lamp options don’t meet EISA energy standards. Large-scale replacement raises questions for architects, lighting designers, lighting manufacturers, and clients.

     
  • Mark Major

    What are the issues that will impact lighting in 2013?

    ARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING asked constituents of the lighting community for their thoughts, given their particular vantage point, on the coming year in lighting.

     
  • Safety Net: Choosing the right type of insurance policy for your design firm can make all the difference in establishing a successful practice.

    Safety Net: Choosing the Right Type of Insurace Policy for Your Firm

    Discussion of the key types of insurance policies a design firm should have for establishing a successful practice.

     
  • London's Legacy

    There's a buzzword at the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games, and it has nothing to do with Wenlock, the games' shiny, one-eyed mascot. "Legacy" is the word on the tip of everybody's tongue: From the 618-acre Olympic Park, set to become a focal point in the regeneration of its East London...

     
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    Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

    With visions of transforming a $100 billion market, investors are flocking to lighting startups. How will venture capital change the lighting industry?

     
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    Into the Light

    It's deep into the normally quiet month of December—only a few days before the holiday—but lighting designer Jim Baney is at work on several lighting-design proposals for the coming year. His partner Bob Shook is, too. “The last three or four months have been very strong,” says Baney, a partner at...

     

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    Email, Digital Documents, and Signatures

    While most businesses enjoy the ease of digital communication and negotiation, many wonder if email communications or digital signatures are legally binding. What are the legal ramifications of using email and digital signatures to conduct business and to negotiate and sign business documents?

     
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    Partnerships, Collaborations, and Transitions

    Ways to structure collaborative working relationships for a positive outcome.

     
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    Managing Scope-Creep

    Limit liability and increase profitability by defining your scope of work.

     
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    Preparing for the Unexpected

    After last year's superstorm, ask yourself, 'Does my current insurance coverage adequately protect me?'

     
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    Business Relations

    The importance of effective human-resource management for a lighting design business cannot be overlooked.

     
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    Design Ownership

    Intellectual property laws can be challenging for even the most sophisticated business person.