Jim Lucy

Chief Editor,
Electrical Wholesaling Magazine

Jim Lucy has been wandering through the electrical market for more than 30 years, most of the time as an editor for Electrical Wholesaling, Electrical Marketing newsletter and CEE News. During that time he and the editorial team for the publications have won numerous national awards for their coverage of the electrical business. He showed an early interest in electricity, when as a youth he had an idea for a hot dog cooker. Unfortunately, the first crude prototype malfunctioned and the arc nearly blew him out of his parents' basement.

Before becoming an editor for Electrical Wholesaling magazine and Electrical Marketing, he earned a BA degree in journalism and a MA in communications from Glassboro State College, Glassboro, NJ., which is formerly best known as the site of the 1967 summit meeting between President Lyndon Johnson and Russian Premier Aleksei Nikolayevich Kosygin, and now best known as the New Jersey state college that changed its name in 1992 to Rowan University because of a generous $100 million donation by N.J. zillionaire industrialist Henry Rowan. Jim is a Brooklyn-born Jersey Guy happily transplanted in the fertile plains of Kansas for the past 20 years. 

NEMRA Moves to Enhance Rep-Manufacturer Partnerships with Ambitious Power Pact Strategy
At last week’s 47th NEMRA Annual Conference in Orlando, much of the chatter centered on the surge in rep mergers, the number of new LED companies looking for reps, The Southwire’s relationship with Lowe’s and their joint effort to build electrical contractor sales, and the keynote address by Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec. But there was another point of discussion at the meeting that could have more far-reaching impact on independent manufacturers’ reps than all of these topics combined –- NEMRA’s new Power Pact strategy and its focus on strengthening the rep-manufacturer relationship.
Times & Trends: Every Number Tells a Story 
The first installment of EW’s popular Electrical Markets 101 series on the residential market highlights some interesting market data that shapes and measures the growth of the homebuilding industry. Some of the numbers in the data surprised EW’s editors, and we would like to share them with you here.
Top 10 Electrical Product Picks for January 2017
January's Top 10 Electrical Product Picks are in and EW's editors would like to congratulate the product management teams from AFC/Atkore, Arlington Fittings, Carlo Gavazzi, Cope/Atkore, Electro Industries, Schneider Electric, Southwire, Rittal Enclosures and Thomas and Betts.
Top 10 LED Picks for January 2017
January's Top 10 LED Products are in and EW's editors would like to congratulate the product management teams from Acclaim Lighting, Appleton Emerson, Auroralight, Barron Lighting, Bulbrite, Easy Lite Co., Econosense, HyLite LED Lighting, JESCO Lighting and Wattstopper/Legrand.
Times & Trends: Good First Steps for 2017 
When I need inspiration to get myself motivated, I often read quotations from famous people to see what secrets they have shared about their success.
Smart Lighting’s Future Footprint  1
Although it seems like LEDs have been around forever, the panelists agreed most lighting systems still utilize traditional lighting technology.
Times & Trends: PoE: The Next Game Changer to Watch? 
Another fascinating element of PoE is that it’s also the key bridge from the lighting world to the IT world, where Cisco and other companies now see lighting as part of their domain.
2017 National Factbook 
It will be important to watch the national electrical contractor employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Through the summer it had been tracking well above 880,000 — historically a very healthy level — but it dipped below this threshold sharply in September. It’s hard to determine if this will be anything more than a brief aberration or a regular cycle as construction employment typically slows down as winter approaches.
Top 10 Product Picks for December 2016
Congratulations to the product development teams at Arlington Industries, Brady, Carlo Gavazzi, Empire Level, Lutron, Milwaukee Tool, Plastibond, Powerbox, Raychem and Stahlin for having new products selected for Electrical Wholesaling's Top 10 New Products for December, 2016.
Top 10 LED Picks for December, 2016
Congratulations to Acclaim Lighting, Appleton/Emerson, Barron Lighting, Cree, Killark/Hubbell Lighting, Litetronics, Modern Forms, Shat-R-Shield, Wattstopper/Legrand and WAC Lighting for having their LED products selected this month as EW's Top 10 LEDs for December, 2016.
The New World of Web Based Lighting Control 
When I look back at all the headlines in the electrical industry over the past year, the one thing that stands out is the amount of acquisition and partnership activity in the control of LED lighting systems.
Top News Stories of 2016 
EW’s editors had a busy year covering all the news that broke in the electrical wholesaling industry in 2016. Here are our picks for the trends that could shape the business in the years to come.
2017 Electrical Market Indicators  1
Here are the key economic indicators you need to watch to gauge the health of the 2017 electrical market.
2017 Market Planning Guide 
The electrical industry is at yet another interesting economic flashpoint. Growth over the past three or four years has been around 3% to 4%, which is at the low end of the historical industry average. And the 3.1% growth rate that distributor readers of Electrical Wholesaling forecast in a recent survey is accurate, we are in for another year of slow growth.
2017 Electrical Outlook by Region 

Electrical Wholesaling's annual Market Planning Guide puts a wealth of regional data at your fingertips and gives you the numbers you need to create a custom forecast for electrical product sales in any of the U.S. Census Bureau's nine geographic regions, down to the metropolitan statistical area.

This gallery highlights the factors influencing growth prospects for each of the regions with links to a more in-depth look for each, including the big projects on the boards or underway and market trends that may affect the region's fortunes over the coming year.


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