As Publisher/Editorial Director of Residential Lighting magazine, I have had the pleasure of presenting the Showroom of the Year Awards in partnership with Dallas Market Center since 2010. At each June Dallas International Lighting Market, our organizations honor six lighting retailers: a Showroom of the Year winner in each of three dollar-volume categories, plus three specialty awards to recognize achievements like community involvement and merchandising display.

To be considered for these prestigious awards, stores can enter themselves or be nominated by someone else in the industry.

As the Feb. 28, 2013 deadline approaches for this year’s entries and nominations, I want to encourage you to participate. If you are a store, the marketing leverage of being a national award finalist (or, fingers crossed, a winner) is priceless. Even the internal warm fuzzies for you and your staff will go a long way. And if you’re a vendor or a rep, no doubt you have a few loyal customers that come to mind who would be worthy of this kind of public recognition. If you appreciate them, chances are our retail experts judging the awards will, too.
2012 Showroom of the Year recipients Pace Lighting, Savannah, GA; Living Lighting on King, Toronto, ON; Norburn Lighting, Burnaby, BC; and Passion Lighting, Grapevine, TX.

Help us shine a light on stores doing things right. Enter or nominate a lighting retailer for the Showroom of the Year Awards today. For more information, visit