Whether you're tackling a home remodel, a new build, or simply looking to update your dining room chandelier, the best place to start is always with a trained ALA-member lighting showroom professional.
When should I contact my local ALA-member showroom?
Of course, the earlier a lighting professional is involved in your project, the more they will be able to help ensure you have the optimal lighting for your space. It's never too early or too late to visit an ALA-member showroom to discuss your home's lighting design.
What should I bring to my showroom visit?
Bring your ideas and photos of what you like. If you already have a copy of Lighting magazine, mark fixtures that catch your eye. You can also pick up a copy of Lighting, produced by ALA and Better Homes & Gardens, at an ALA-member showroom. Many ALA-trained lighting experts will also want to see plans and may have questions about the details of your home and your budget.
Don't be afraid to be straight-forward and honest with your lighting professional, they are there to help you and make sure you get the lighting you've always wanted.
What if I'm shopping on a tight budget?
An ALA-member showroom is still for you! The benefit of working with a showroom is that they have options. Showrooms can show you fixtures in various price points, "good, better and best," then help you make your decisions based on what you like most and what fits into your budget.
What if I'm not happy after it's all said and done?
Call your showroom - It may be as simple as swapping out the CRI or Kelvin level of bulbs to best enhance the colors of your home. When you're working with an ALA-trained expert, you are getting the most knowledgeable lighting professionals in the business. They are there to help and will do all they can to make sure your home lighting is everything you hoped for.
These are just a few things to consider when preparing for your showroom visit. Don't be afraid to reach out to your local ALA-member showroom and start a conversation about your home's lighting design.