From the redevelopment of Times Square to significant buildings around the world like the Bilbao Guggenheim, lighting has become a key player in the world of architecture. Global demand for electric lighting equipment is forecast to increase approximately 5 percent per year through 2006 to $100 billion. This growth has caused a few conglomerate manufacturers to produce a wide variety of standard products and reduced the number of custom manufacturers. This change is an opportunity for the lighting designer, not an obstacle. There are so many more finished products now available; time can be spent on the design and concept of what the inside of a space will look and feel like. Designers no longer have to create the lighting fixture to do the job; they can utilize what's in the marketplace in new and exciting ways. There is also an increasing demand from consumers. People are more visually educated than they were 10 years ago. The patron of a restaurant has seen the Bellagio fountains; they've been to Disney World and London. The spaces we design are looked at with an increasingly discerning and critical eye. Consumers know what looks good and looks bad. Overall, this is good for the industry; it provides great challenge and excitement.