Light Can Help Us #15: All Together Now

I do not like messy things. You might not believe me based on the usual state of my desktop, but disorganization and messes slowly sap my strength. A freshly organized and cleaned desk invigorates. My team never sees my desk, as we are a distributed workforce (also known as work-from-home or remote workers), but they […]

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It is no big secret that I love light and enjoy finding new ways to deliver it to our lives. As a professional lighting designer, I spend a good deal of energy dreaming up solutions to everyday challenges and spend time regularly learning about new products and new techniques. There is plenty of discovery in […]

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Above-the-Ceiling TETRIS

Yesterday I saw a LinkedIn post from another lighting designer featuring a photograph of a hallway under construction, with three parallel ceiling joists running down the hall. Each was filled with a round duct for heat and air conditioning. There was no explanation; there need not be. One look and I understand the pain: there […]

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Builders, Lighting, & A New Way

Lighting designers could help builders…if we can change our ways. Residential builders are often the most reluctant of the major stakeholders to support custom lighting design, and with very good reason. In a previous post, I meandered through the overlapping territories of lighting and building and thought about how lighting design is often a threat to […]

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Builders & Lighting

Lighting designers and builders often complain about each other…instead of partnering for the benefit of all. Custom residential lighting design – the way it is normally done – can be the enemy of a builder’s desire to complete the project on time and on budget. Great lighting requires more planning (adding cost and time), better […]

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EXPOSURE: Focus & Change

I am continually grateful for the opportunities to write for magazines, including my longest-yet run with designing lighting. Randy Reid and the team at dl does a great job putting together this industry publication, and the results always look beautiful! My latest article is now live and revisits the promises that light can help us focus clearly and […]

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EXPOSURE: Fine Homebuilding

This blog is dedicated to changing the way I think and talk about light, perhaps helping a few others along the way. In the February/March 2024 issue of Fine Homebuilding, just released as I write this post, I was given the chance to push my language of light one step further. I have spent much […]

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On a recent Sunday evening I checked my email to discover a number of inquiries from prospective clients. It is not unusual for me to see those inquiries come in, but the quantity was far higher than usual. I chalked it up to a fluke. The fluke continued the next day and I asked my […]

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It’s been a solid six weeks or so since my last traditional post, an unusually long stretch that may continue for a bit longer as I struggle to complete a few more projects and clear space for more creative writing. My proverbial pen has not been entirely neglected, however, and I will post articles I […]

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