Business News Update: Sunlan Lighting
Interview with Kay Newell of Sunlan Lighting
Tell me how Sunlan started?
I had been working for a company that took my commissions. I don't play games with people's products or money. I opened a store after speaking to the customers about their double shipments. I educated myself by reading lighting catalogs and research materials. I had two mentors and years of experience running businesses; I opened Sunlan in October 1989.
What sets your business apart?
Sunlan is a large and complex store specializing in light bulbs and corresponding fixture components. Customers can buy from a vast selection of bulbs, build custom fixtures, or repair an heirloom fixture. There are only a few of these stores in the U.S. My customers return because of my ability to solve their problems and give viable solutions. I've had loyal customers for over 30 years.
What will customers find at Sunlan?
Sunlan has a fascinating collection including a display showcasing the differences of Kelvins between bulbs. You can't go by labels alone, "soft-light" or "daylight." do not have a defined industry wide definition. It's important to see the light. If you need lightbulbs for home, business or commercial we have them at Sunlan. It's a great gift shop, too. Enlighten your holidays and give light. There is no right or wrong in lighting. I can help steer you to what you want or need. Our shelves are loaded with interesting bulbs, from antique ones you won't find anywhere else, to disco, plasma, and colored bulbs. We carry Christmas lights year-round.
3901 N. Mississippi Ave., Portland, OR 97227
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
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