Member Benefits

Lighting Distributor Member Benefits

Lighting has become a significant electrical industry market segment due to rapidly advancing, energy-efficient technologies that deliver energy cost savings and financial benefits to facility end-users.

NAILD distributor members tap into this lighting marketplace dynamic by leveraging best practices and technology savvy that boosts sales, marketing and management success. NAILD helps members stay on top of industry trends and market intelligence to better inform decision-making.

Distributor Member Value and ROI: Always in Supply

  • Network face-to-face and exchange ideas and knowledge solutions with other NAILD distributor, vendor and associate members during our must-attend Annual Conference.
  • Stay on the cutting edge of the latest lighting product advances during our Annual Conference tradeshow, which features a Product Sprint and one-on-one Organized Casual Conferences with vendor manufacturer members.
  • Dynamic online learning opportunities offered exclusively through NAILD’s Lighting Specialist-I and -II courses and certificate, as well as educational opportunities for earning Lighting Education Unit (LEU) credits.
  • Today’s Lighting Distributor (TLD) magazine is published quarterly to keep you updated on NAILD news, industry trends, member profiles and new lighting products. NAILD members have the opportunity to submit news for each issue, and also to be spotlighted with case studies. Send news or contact us for more information! Ken Hitchner, Editor.
  • Access to the Members Only section of the website which brims with educational and technology resources, the Membership Directory, survey archives, business tools, forums, group discussions and more.
  • NAILD’s informative weekly e-news brief, A Light Read, keeps you in the know on the latest industry news and legislative updates.
  • Establish mutually beneficial working relationships with top executives from NAILD vendor manufacturer members.
  • Reap the financial benefits of growing and improving your business by gaining new perspectives and sharing business solutions with other leaders in your field.
  • NAILD members automatically become ENERGY STAR® Partners under the NAILD ENERGY STAR membership and can use the USEPA/DOE ENERGY STAR logo on business communications.
  • Participate in regular Light Lunch webinars on leading-edge lighting, management and business development topics.
  • Access a wide variety of Esmarts lighting installation, product and trends videos for learning and training
  • Access to affinity partnerships that offer savings to your business.

Click here to join NAILD as a Member today.

NAILD Vendor Manufacturer Member Benefits

Leading lighting equipment and controls manufacturers leverage NAILD distributor members’ specialized lighting expertise and strong customer relationships to bolster lighting product sales nationwide.

When lighting manufacturers join NAILD as a vendor member they tap into NAILD distributors’ unique ability to guide MRO, contractor and facility end-user customers through the brave new world of lighting and upsell your lighting and control products.

NAILD: The Vendor Sales Connection

NAILD specialty lighting distributors purchase a comprehensive range of lighting products from vendor members. Plus, as consultative lighting technology experts, NAILD distributors upsell as opposed to just taking orders, resulting in greater sales revenue and higher margins for you.

  • Exhibit at the industry-leading NAILD Annual Conference to introduce new products and services while building lighting specialist distributor relationships.
  • Be on the cutting edge of the latest lighting product advances during our Annual Conference tradeshow, which features a Product Sprint and one-on-one Organized Casual Conferences with lighting specialist distributor members.
  • Dynamic online learning opportunities offered exclusively through NAILD’s Lighting Specialist-I and -II courses and certificate, as well as educational opportunities for earning Lighting Education Unit (LEU) credits.
  • Enhance sales opportunities: Advertise in Today’s Lighting Distributor (TLD) magazine, published quarterly to keep members updated on NAILD news, industry trends, member profiles and new lighting products. NAILD members have the opportunity to submit news for each issue, and also to be spotlighted with case studies. Send news or contact us for more information! Ken Hitchner, Editor. Additionally, Vendor members can advertise in the annual NAILD Member Directory, a year-long resource used by NAILD members.
  • Maximize marketing solutions: Sponsorship of NAILD conference or educational programs and annual Membership Directory advertising.
  • Access to the Members Only section of the website which brims with educational and technology resources, the Membership Directory, business development forums, group discussions and more.
  • NAILD’s informative weekly e-news brief, A Light Read, keeps you in the know on the latest industry news and legislative updates.
  • Establish mutually beneficial working relationships with top executives from NAILD lighting specialist distributor and associate members.
  • Reap the financial benefits of growing and improving your business by gaining new perspectives and sharing business solutions with other leaders in your field.
  • Participate in regular Light Lunch webinars on leading-edge lighting, management and business development topics.
  • Access to affinity partnerships that offer savings to your business.

Click here to join NAILD as a Vendor Manufacturer member today.

Vendors that participate through multiple marketing opportunities with NAILD receive greater exposure and recognition through our Vendor Recognition Program.


Hear from current NAILD members…

Being on the “inexperienced” (aka young) side of the lighting industry it took me awhile to find out what the lighting industry was all about. After seeing an ad in an industry publication and stopping the by the NAILD booth at my first Light Fair I decided that this organization was worth trying out. Five years later joining NAILD is one of the best decisions I have made so far in my lighting career. In addition to learning a lot about lighting technology and the lighting industry in general, I have developed relationships with people that have the experience and knowledge to help me succeed in lighting. I can’t put a value on the conversations I have had with people that are able to relate to what I do on a day to day basis and share their successes/failures, but I can say that NAILD has been a huge part of my success in this business.

-Greg Ehrich, Vice President
Premier Lighting
Member since 2007


There are many tremendous benefits that my company receives from our membership in NAILD. The LS I Education program is the best tool I know of to bring new employees up to speed on basic lighting concepts. The annual convention consistently provides great educational seminars and networking opportunities. However, the greatest benefit of all is the opportunity to spend four days at the convention with key Executives from many of my vendors. I see the local reps on a regular basis and the Regional Managers once in a while, but for a small company like mine, a visit from a VP or CEO is never going to happen. At the NAILD Convention I have the opportunity to spend several days with the Executives of the vendors that are important to my business. This opportunity alone is worth many times the cost of membership.

-Kevin Eagan, Co-Owner
Northwest Lighting Systems Co.
Member since 2008