Lighting & Construction:
IT’S NEVER TOO EARLY—OR TOO LATE—TO TALK
TO YOUR ALA LIGHTING SHOWROOM.
When should I contact my
local ALA showroom?
Whether you’re doing a remodel,
refreshing a room, or building new,
you can involve a showroom at
any point. An ALA-trained lighting
expert will probably want to see
plans and may have questions
about details and budget.
“If you do come in with lighting
specifications, we may have no idea
who specified it,” says Tim Stumm,
showroom manager, Expressions
Home Gallery, Dallas. “What was
their expertise? The lighting
environment is changing at
monumental speed. If it’s changing
that quickly, how do you expect
other people to stay up with it when
they are not totally immersed in it?”
What about problems with
lighting or fixtures during
That’s OK, Stumm says: Maybe your
builder made a change and it didn’t
get translated to an order or in the
design. “A lighting showroom will
step in and quickly figure out the
mistake,” he says.
A lighting showroom expert
will also help point out critical
misses—say, a layer that’s been
omitted or has been under- or
Use this hardworking guide and the experts in your local
lighting showroom to update the lighting in your home.
over-lit, or fixture sizes that are
incompatible with room size.
After the project is done,
my light still feels wrong.
What do I do?
Call your showroom; it may be
as simple as swapping out the
CRI or Kelvin level of bulbs to
best enhance the colors in your
home. “One room’s lighting
relates to another,” Stumm says.
“People appreciate honesty and
information. The consumer is
looking for help, and we should
be the place to turn.”
Contact a lighting
ideas. Bring room
dimensions to first
a final review
of fixtures and
to choose fixtures
for each room.
installation of final
fixtures to make
sure it matches
for your home.
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