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Visual Lighting Technologies is now an authorized distributor for the 3M HL High Luminance Light Fiber System. For more information call Visual Lighting Technologies at 949-581-9398. The company also announced the addition of Stacey Westbrook as in-house lighting designer and product specialist. It has also relocated to a new facility 50% larger than its previous space. The new address is 23322 Madero Road, Unit E, Mission Viejo, CA 92691, ph: 949-581-9398, fax: 949-581-2947, web:

Beacon Products, the Sarasota, FL-based designer and manufacturer of commercial outdoor and landscape lighting fixtures, has announced the appointment of four new sales representatives to cover territories in California: in greater Los Angeles, David Silverman at DSA, e-mail:; in Fresno, Jon Noble at Hagen Noble, e-mail:; in San Diego, Bill O'Connor at O'Connor Sales, e-mail:; and in greater Santa Barbara, Peter Diffenderfer at Specified Lighting, e-mail: For additional information about Beacon Products, e-mail or visit

Amsterdam-based lighting designer Rogier van der Heide and his company Hollands Licht have joined forces with Carillon Projects and Fröger Enkelaar Communication to form a new company called EXP, consultants in architectural, audio-visual, lighting, and multimedia design for retail environments, leisure venues, theme parks, museums, and other public spaces. The new address is EXP, P.O. Box 5124, 1410 AC Naarden, Netherlands, phone: 31-35-699-7399, fax: 31-35-699-7390, e-mail:, web:

GE Lighting has announced an enhanced online e-catalog with expanded lighting specification bulletins and information about energy-saving and alternative lighting options with "Right Light Options" at

Luxam's catalog of fiber-optic lighting products and Total Control line of mini-grip equipment for museums is downloadable at It is also now available on CD-ROM as well. To receive a CD version, e-mail

A San Francisco AIA Award of Merit was awarded to Evolve Software's new 57,000-sq.-ft. space in Emeryville, CA. Designed by Kava Massih Architects, the reclaimed warehouse space has architectural lighting by Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design.

Milos Structural Systems ( launched its new QuickTruss Aluminum Trussing system Technical Binder at LDI2001, including a CD-ROM containing QuickTruss AutoCAD 3D library and loading charts, cell clamp and coupler AutoCAD 3D library, Milos catalogs in PDF format, and product and project photos. To request a CD-ROM e-mail Milos America also offers free AutoCAD design services with a QuickShip Design Program. Projects faxed to 800-411-0165 will receive a quote or drawing within 24 hours.

W.A.C. Lighting has introduced a new CD version of its catalog, including product specs and illustrations, and ad materials. The CD is packaged as a self-mailer so lighting showrooms and electrical distributors can distribute it to builders, consumers, designers, specifiers, architects, and others. Call 800-526-2588 or visit

Jeanne Mercer Ballard, NCIDQ, LC, has recently opened Envi Studio Inc., specializing in commercial interior and lighting design. Mercer Ballard has designed in more than 30 states and four countries, and her work has been published in several books and magazines. Contact Envi Studio, 163 Talbert Road, Mooresville, NC 28117, ph: 704-662-9992, e-mail:

AMX Corporation has named Robert J. Carroll its new chairman, president, and CEO. The company has also opened an office at 5310 Ward Road, Suite G05, Arvada, CO 80002, ph: 303-432-2577, fax: 303-432-7157.

Short circuits

Artec Consultants Inc. has appointed Tateo Nakajima senior advisor of opera and concert production. Nakajima's experience includes symphony and opera conducting, fundraising, and newspaper writing in addition to technical theatrical production and project management.

Lex Products has promoted Bruce Allen to president, and Joe Birchak to vice president of sales; new hires include Jimm Cash as inside salesman, Mark McKinney as product manager of distribution boxes, and Nick Demos as product manager of cable, connectors, and assemblies.

Claudia Clemens has become an associate of Speirs and Major Ltd, the London office of the Lighting Architects Group.

Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design has hired new designers: Phyllis C. Eckstein and Chad Groshart in the New York office and Emily Koonce joins the LA office. Carrie Knowlton rejoins the New York office as special projects coordinator. She recently received a Lumen Citation for the Sea Grill in New York City.

TMB continues the expansion of its sales department with the addition of Lisa Kerwath, whose experience in entertainment lighting includes one year as production manager at Design Lighting Group and two years at Light & Sound Design, where she worked as a production coordinator.

TSAO, a subsidiary of Varon Lighting Inc, has announced the appointment of three new managers to its staff: Ira Gaber, manager of new product development; Dory Kaminski, office manager; and Patricia DeCicco, manager of customer service.

Audio Visual & Film Group Inc. of Minneapolis, MN, announces that Paul Hackenmueller has been hired as lighting designer.

George Dieckmann II joins Bill Brown Sales as Southern regional account manager.

On the move

The Boston-based firm Available Light has moved to new offices at 10 Derby Square #3, Salem, MA 01970, ph: 978-744-6800, fax: 978-744-6836. The company also has two new divisions: Architecture + Museum Lighting under the direction of principal Steve Rosen, IALD; and Entertainment Lighting, led by new company principal Bill Kadra. Matthew Zelkowitz (formerly with Cosentini Lighting in New York City) has also joined the firm, bringing along his expertise in integrating theatrical and architectural lighting techniques. Upcoming projects include the exterior lighting of the Kendall Square Power Station in Cambridge, MA.

Lighting Design Alliance announces the opening of its new Chicago office. The office will be headed by Dave Doubek, AIA, LC, and Julie Reeves. The office will be located at 233 South Wacker Drive, Sears Tower, Suite 5450, Chicago, IL 60606, ph: 312-993-0075, fax: 312-995-0513.

Strictly FX has moved to 1230 Jarvis Avenue, Elkgrove, IL 60007, ph: 847-290-0270, fax: 847-290-0273, e-mail: