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Yale Lighting Store offers such pieces as this chandelier from the Crystal Laurel Collection, by Fine Art Lamp.Lighting fixtures are usually the last items added to a room, but should be among the first.

“Lighting can be the focal point of the room,” says Heather Guigley, a certified American Lighting Association consultant. “In fact, the overall design of the room can be based on lighting.”

Guigley is assistant manager of Yale Lighting Concepts & Design in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, a popular company that will open its 10th showroom in Newark this month.

Yale Lighting Concepts & Design (1300 Capitol Trail, Newark, 737-3778) joins the ranks of upscale stores such as Sunlighting in Wilmington and the Light House of Lewes. A grand opening ceremony will take place February 26, when Yale offers discounts of 50 percent on a variety of fixtures. The first 100 shoppers will receive free Light Source desk lamps.

Yale Lighting Store offers such pieces as this wall sconces from the Beveled Arcs Collection, Fine Art Lamp.Yale’s 5,000-square-foot showroom will feature colonial, traditional and contemporary lights from brands such as Fine Art Lamps, Currey & Company, Schonbek, Quoizel and Minka.

“We’ve serviced the Newark area for the past five years, but never had a store location,” says Yale president Mark Bucci. “Now we can better serve our customer base throughout Wilmington and a bit into South Jersey.”

In addition to offering homeowners and contractors lighting and electrical supplies, Yale designers can create lighting plans for new homes. “And for those simply remodeling,” Guigley says, “we help select the best lighting in terms of style and function.”     —Maria Hess

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