Residential Lighting Co-Op Gains Ground

After years of intense competition from Home Depot and other big-box retailers, residential lighting showrooms are banding together in an innovative co-op to pool their purchasing power and learn how to run their businesses more profitably.

The three-year-old Lighting One now has 75 members, but hopes to grow to 500-600 members in the next four to five years, said Jeff Carmichael, president and founder of the Atlanta-based lighting co-op.

Along with volume-based discounts from

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