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August 29 at #KBtribechat – Lighting Trends

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by Rev-A-Shelf

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Household technology is undergoing a transformation that’s changing the way we think about our daily routines. More specifically, we want to talk about the impact lighting has on our home and even health.

Today’s progressive lighting schemes aren’t about lights that go on and off; they’re about being partners in enhancing our lifestyle.


Our KBtribechat Questions:

1.)  There has been an increase in studies linking lighting and health. Have you seen an increase in demand for human-centric lighting? This is lighting that can benefit the biological, emotional, health or well-being of people.

2.)  What type of smart lighting technology (Bluetooth Smart, Z-Wave, ZigBee) are your customers asking for and how comfortable are you in explaining their various options?

3.) The retro look keeps nudging its way into lighting design. What have you been seeing lately? Share pictures!

4.) Integrated LED lighting in, above and below cabinets and drawers is one of the hottest kitchen trends. Are you seeing new or innovative places homeowners are installing lighting?

5.) Bigger is better. Homeowners are falling in love with bigger fixtures to create a “WOW” factor over an island, dining table, etc. Are you adding these to your designs?

6.) With the demand for LED growing, how many of you are comfortable with and actively specify cabinet lighting vs. leaving it to the electrician?

7.) What areas in kitchen and bath do you feel there is a lack of lighting options?

8.) Are you loving the trend of backlighting countertops? Tell us what you think, and share pictures of some of your favorites!


Here’s a link to view the transcript for this KBtribechat.


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Progressive #KBtribechat at #ADDS2016

Join us at the Architectural Digest Design Show!

Sponsored by Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery and Zephyr.


Attending the show on Thursday, March 17th?

Join KBtribe friends there from 4:30pm to 5:30pm eastern time.

Our tour starts in the Ferguson booth (#346) at 4:30pm.

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery Logo

Meet up with KBtribechat friends plus see the best in lighting and plumbing!

Ferguson’s KBtribechat Questions:

Q1 – From matte black to rich gold, finishes are more adventurous than ever before. What’s your favorite new finish for 2016? Do you mix & match?

Q2 – Lighting makes a dramatic impact. Do you take risks with your lighting choices? How do you balance functional vs. decorative lighting?


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At 5:00pm we will walk together to the Zephyr booth (#191).


Zephyr will showcase its latest products in range hood design, innovation, and technology. Cheng Collection Designer, Artist, Author, and Innovator in Concrete, Fu-Tung Cheng will also be present during our time in Zephyr’s booth to showcase his new products and partnership with Zephyr.

Fu Tung BW_Cheng Collection

Zephyr’s KBtribechat Questions:

Q1 – Please share trends that you are noticing around kitchen ventilation design. (Vertical, Island, In-Ceiling, etc)

Q2 – What type of technology and innovation is most important in kitchen ventilation?


Contests – There will be two contests going on during this KBtribechat.

Ferguson Contest:

LIVE TWEETERS and INSTAGRAMMERS: Snap your favorite @Ferguson_FEI product on display. Share using #FergusonADDScontest & product hashtag for a chance to win!

Color 911 Contest:  We are excited to announce that ten Color911 apps will be given away to event participants. Share on Twitter and your other social channels as detailed below:

KBTribechat CONTEST announcement 1

Pinterest – We have a group board for sharing AD Show product finds, take-aways and experiences. Message us if you’d like to be added to the board.


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What’s Trending in Bathroom Design?

The kitchen and bath industry professionals of KBtribechat will be discussing the latest in bathroom design at the next KBtribechat! photo-3

Here are our KBtribechat discussion questions: 

Our lighting choices for the bathroom are ever expanding and evolving. LED is being added in creative ways.

Q1 – What lighting products are you excited about for the bathroom?

Finish options for plumbing fixtures and bath hardware are abundant to say the least.  With so many choices available, the personalization trend in home design is strong….but is there a most popular material?

Q2 – What finishes are trending for the bathroom and why? Share pics!

At KBtribechat, we have noted that walk-in showers are very popular.  There are so many shower head design choices available. What type are you specifying for your clients? What type of shower head(s) do you prefer and why?

Q3 – What’s trending regarding bathroom showers?

Let’s talk countertops, flooring and walls!

Q4 – What surfaces are currently trending for the bathroom?

Q5 – In general, what’s trending now in bathroom design?

Please share pics of bathrooms!

Join this Twitter Chat discussion

on Wednesday, April 1st

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets!

Here is the transcript for this KBtribechat.

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It’s In The Details

Adding Personality to your Kitchen!

What touches can make a kitchen extraordinary?

This is the work of Rose Dostal of RMD Designs.

This is the work of interior architect Rose Dostal.
~ RMD Designs ~

At the September 18th kbtribechat we will be sharing our ideas for making a design statement with:

  • Cabinetry
  • Countertops and Backsplashes
  • Major Appliances
  • Plumbing Fixtures
  • Lighting
  • Flooring
  • Furniture
  • Artwork
  • Color

A combination of select elements can add up to a kitchen design that is beautiful beyond ordinary…..but it’s easy to go overboard!

Each space is unique, which emphasizes how important it is to hire a design professional and to make all decisions well in advance of construction.

Kbtribechat ~ Kitchen and Bath Industry Twitter discussions 

2 to 3pm eastern time ~ Wednesdays.

Here is the transcript for this #kbtribechat


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Putting Projects in the Right Light

Lighting technology is changing more rapidly today than at any time in history, presenting new options for lighting kitchens and baths. But with change comes confusion about making appropriate selections, educating clients and determining the best solutions available as a project comes together.

Laura Van Zeyl will be leading our kbtribechat discussion on Lighting.

Wednesday, September 11th

at #kbtribechat on Twitter

from 2 to 3pm eastern time.

Host Laura Van Zeyl

Host Laura Van Zeyl

Laura Van Zeyl is the Publisher and Editorial Director of Residential Lighting (@reslightingmag) and Home Fashion Forecast (@TotalHomeView) magazines and has been covering the lighting industry for more than 20 years. She is a member of the Alliance for Audited Media, American Lighting Association, ART – The Creative Home Furnishings Network, Sustainable Furnishings Council and an Affiliate member of the International Association of Lighting Designers. She has served as a judge in the prestigious Lighting for Tomorrow competition recognizing energy-efficient lighting products. In addition to an active Twitter presence, her publications connect with readers via Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn and Google+.


Here is the transcript for this kbtribechat


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What’s Trending with Kitchens?

On Wednesday, October 10, 1012 , we will be discussing the latest in Kitchen Design!

Join us for this  Twitter Chat by adding #kbtribechat to your tweets between 2 and 3pm eastern time.








Cabinetry: What styles are clients wanting? Colors? Mix and Match?

What interior storage solutions are you speccing?

Are interior storage solutions prevalent in today’s kitchens?

Will clients pay – as they can really increase the cost of the cabinetry?

Appliances – What’s the latest?

Have you tried the steam ovens? Are clients putting them in?

Do clients care about eco differences between gas – electric – induction?

Do your clients already have appliance preferences or do they look to you for help?

Countertops/Backsplashes – What materials are popular? Colors?

Are clients playing it safe with their (neutral) choices?

Sinks/Faucets – Any style trends? New colors?

Lighting – Anything new in kitchen lighting?  What is popular?

In General – Let’s put it all together….Please sum up what you are seeing as the current trends in kitchen design today.

Here’s the transcript for this 10/10/12 Kitchen Design Trends chat.


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We are excited to announce that lighting designer James Bedell is hosting  the next kbtribechat.  His topic is…lighting! Join us on twitter next Wednesday (September 12, 2012) from 2 to 3 pm eastern time to take part in this inspirational design discussion.










Our discussion questions:

1. When lighting the kitchen what”s your #1 priority?
2. How do you attack lighting specialty areas, like the shower/bath?
3. How extensively have you embraced LED?
4. How do you approach lighting specification? How do you ensure the fixture you     wanted is the one that ends up on site?
5. What are clients asking for when it comes to light in their kitchens and baths?

James Bedell

is a lighting designer based in New York City. Over the last 10 years he has designed lighting for a wide variety of clients. His work combines a passion for creating immersive and evocative environments, love for collaboration, and a deep commitment to sustainability.  





Owner, JPB Lighting – In 2011, Bedell launched JPB Lighting and independent Lighting Design Firm for special events, architectural projects and live entertainment. Since launch JPB has designed lighting for:Google White House Correspondents Dinner Event (2012), Jersey Couture Pop-Up Beauty Bar (2012)Joseph Abboud NYC Showroom (2011-2012) Wired Pop-Up Store in Times Square (2011) Christie’s Auction House (2011) and The Queen’s Museum of Art Panorama (Ongoing).

Lighting Designer, Abercrombie and Fitch – Reporting to the Director of Lighting Design, Lumen Award winner Andrew M. Thompson. Bedell was part of small team responsible for maintaining and enhancing the visual aesthetic of A&F brands through lighting design,  both internationally and domestically. This includes domestic Abercrombie and Fitch, Hollister, and Gilly Hicks chain stores, domestic and international Abercrombie and Fitch Flagship stores, and domestic Hollister Flagship stores. Responsibilities include, fixture/lamp specification, fixture layouts, chain store layout reviews and standards documentation and implementation impacting domestic and international stores. Other responsibilities include on site lighting focus, punch listing contractor work, and store associate training.

Founder / CEO, Build2Sustain – Founded with Michael Ruby, Build2Sustain, a consultancy dedicated to building the business case for sustainable design in commercial real estate. As CEO, Bedell recruited an advisory board of top industry professionals, curated a well-respected and well trafficked blog and podcast, and oversaw the publishing of a respected white paper. The concept and efforts of Build2Sustain earned it a spot at the New Ventures exchange for the 2009 Sustainable Brands Conference.

Lighting Designer and Project Manager, Tirschwell and Co. – Architectural Lighting Designer and Project Manager for Lumen Award winning architectural lighting firm. Clients included high-end residences, corporate headquarters, retails spaces, and mixed use buildings. Services included design development layout and specification for  lighting to final on-site punch-list, focus and touch up.

Lighting Coordinator, Pace University – Clients included Bravo’s Inside the Actor’s StudioThe Beijing People’s Theatre, National Actor’s Theatre, NBC, MSNBC, CSPAN, NY Fringe and NY1 News.  Responsibilities included coordinating lighting/electrics and production needs for all clients using the 700+ seat venue. Reported to technical director to manage labor and equipment needs across a fluid calendar for regional and national clients including: professional dance and theatrical companies, community theater troupes, in-house academic programs, and elite television productions.

Freelance Lighting Designer – Theatrical and Entertainment lighting designer working off and off-off broadway. Credits include Diet Coke Pop-up Stores in NYC and Boston (2010). ShakespeareNYC, The Looking Glass Theatre, The Brick Theater, Origin Theatre Company, The Crown Point Festival the Fall Collection and many others. In 2005, Bedell was nominated for two SpotLight On awards for best lighting design including winning the award for his design of the Tempest for the Looking Glass Theater.


In 2011, Bedell wrote and self-published Losing Edison: Beautiful Sustainable Lighting at Home  a guide to creating lighting at home that is both beautiful and ecologically friendly. Bedell has been profiled in Residential Lighting Magazine as well as Apartment Therapy. He’s also written articles fro Live Design Magazine and PLSN.

Speaker for the Broadway Green Alliance conference on Green Lighting in Theater.

Speaker at the 2009 USGBC Conference in Arkansas on the topic of sustainable lighting in commercial environments.

Here’s the transcript to James’ 9/12/12 #kbtribechat on lighting.

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