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We All Need Control

It is time to retire your light switches and dimmers…if you want to get the full benefits of good light back into your life. Get them back? Yes, you and I lost out on natural light’s benefits when our ancestors decided houses were better than tents and offices were better than fields. They moved indoors, […]

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The Kitchen of the Future

Check out this short video of our two-day process to re-light a fifteen-year old project with updated technology and science. What has changed in the last fifteen years?  Everything. Just remember, I’m a lighting designer, not a movie star (this will be obvious). […]

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LIGHT from the Beginning

Photo of a flat, green space with a sunset glow on the horizon casting everything in silhouette. To the right is a big tree. A smaller tree is in the center.

I think light is pretty important, but it seems I don’t know the half of it. I am currently reading LIGHT: A Radiant History from Creation to the Quantum Age by Bruce Watson.  The book is of the micro-history genre, an in-depth look at an intensely focused topic.  This time, the topic happens to illuminate […]

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Another Houzz Listicle

A screenshot of a webpage from Houzz featuring the articles "Your Guide to a Modern-Style Kitchen" and "5 Common Lighting Mistakes and How to Avoid Them."

24 months ago I did not know the meaning of “listicle,” but now I write them.  A list + article becomes a listicle, or short story with distinct bullet points.  I added the requisite beautiful photos and reshaped my lighting larceny post to become the latest Houzz story.  Enjoy! 5 Common Lighting Mistakes and How to Avoid Them […]

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Oops, I did it again.

A photograph of a kitchen with white cabinets, walls, and countertops, and nice hardwood floor. There is lighting underneath the cabinets, circle lights in the ceiling, and everything is very well lit.

Fifteen years ago I did a budget-friendly lighting design for my mother’s total kitchen remodel as shown in the photograph above.  I delivered 50 foot-candles to the horizontal task plane, as I’d been taught to do.  I had multiple downlights over the sink and placed the downlights directly over the counter.  I didn’t like the […]

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Lighting Lies

A photograph of a modern-looking wall sconce attached to a mirror to reflect light out into the room it's in.

I was thumbing through the latest issue of This Old House last night and stopped cold at a beautiful advertisement for a lighting company.  “Good Lighting is Everything,” it said.  That may be a stretch, but I’ll take it.  And then I got just a bit angry (with apologies to my wife for the outburst) […]

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Plumbers Doing Lighting

Photograph of a bathroom with white and lavender walls, a white sink and white door. Two sconces rest on either side of the mirror, both turned on.

You’ve got the wrong professional. A long time ago I spent several years as a full-time construction supervisor responsible for training volunteer crews and building new homes from the ground up with Habitat for Humanity in Mississippi.  I learned how to pour slab foundations, rough in plumbing, wire a breaker panel, install cabinets, put on […]

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Electric Cars and LEDs

To the left is a three-quarters view of a golf cart, next to a blue, frowning light bulb. On the right is a white sports car next to an orange, smiling light bulb

Here’s the scenario: you finally decide to trade in your car for new one, and make the decision to go electric. You’re thinking you’ll get a Tesla: high tech, fast, beautiful and long range.  But without knowing it, you bought a golf cart.  It’s electric, like a Tesla.  What’s the difference? “We’re getting LEDs.” When […]

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Vinyl SLighting

A graphic illustration of the Fallingwater house by architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

The locally quarried stone and stained concrete shapes that make up Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Fallingwater are key ingredients of its success, but the maintenance is expensive.  Natural stone needs care and mortar; concrete cracks and spalls.  So last year the Foundation that oversees Fallingwater made the sensible choice to reduce maintenance costs. They covered the house in […]

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