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Xicato Continues to Expand Executive Team

Solid-state lighting company Xicato has appointed Tom Foster as vice president of worldwide sales. Foster brings more than 25 years of experience in high tech sales, and will assist the company in strategizing new ways to increase revenue and market share across Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Prior to his start with Xicato, Foster held several sales management positions with different companies including Gigle Networks, a semiconductor company acquired by Broadcom, and DisplayLink, a company pioneering multi-monitor computing. Read more

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Listen to What the Designers Say

Keep it simple. 'You don't have to be a minimalist to practice that idea. You can have your own aesthetic values, but simultaneously, if you respect and celebrate a certain material, it will come across more powerfully.' Read more

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ETC launches new site

Wisconsin-based ETC (Electronic Theatre Controls) has redesigned its company website, Read more

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Has the lighting industry reached a state of 'commoditization'?

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specification insights

presented at the s fifth annual education conference in Alexandria, Virginia, last October, and sent to IALD members in December, the 2005 Edition of Guidelines for Specification Integrity, a joint venture with the Lighting Industry Resource Council, is only the second time such a document has been produced by these organizations. A comprehensive resource that addresses the process of lighting specifications for all design professionals, the document serves as a reference guide, sequentially reviewing the issues that pertain to each phase throughout the design and construction process, from design development to punch list. In addition, the guide provides information on how to communicate with owners, clients, and manufacturers to ensure specification integrity leading to installation of quality lighting equipment. As Jean Sundin, of New York-based Office for Visual Interaction and co-author of the guide, explains, 'it reveals the process for understanding the channels of how specifications work, who the players are, and how pricing works.' Expanding on the materials in the 2000 edition, the 2005 document addresses the evolving issues of practice, Internet usage, technology advancements, obtaining budget pricing, substitutions, and a new section on international projects and working abroad. The document and up-to-date links are available on the IALD website at www.iald.org. Read more

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Finding Brilliance in Budget Design

Four designers give suggestions about how to design a low-budget project that incorporates rich lighting. Read more

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