Lighting Lies

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)... Continue Reading →

Plumbers Doing Lighting

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... Continue Reading →

Electric Cars and LEDs

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... Continue Reading →

Vinyl SLighting

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... Continue Reading →

Beyond Desk Lamps: Lighting that Works

It’s undeniable: we’re working at home more than ever.  The US Census tells us over 8 million work entirely from home and a Gallup survey reveals that at least 43% of employed Americans said they spend at least some time working remotely.  Add in those who pay their bills at home, use a computer to... Continue Reading →

Lighting Larceny

COMMON MISTAKES THAT STEAL YOUR COMFORT AND JOY They are all around us, lurking in our homes and threatening to harm us every day and every night!  Be very afraid!  Stay tuned for updates!  Oh no! I like to think of myself as the Evangelist of Light, spreading the good news that light- the first... Continue Reading →

The Electrical Walk Through

Sadly, my latest article on Houzz.com received about 10,000 views in the first week.  Why is this sad?  Because way more people need to prepare for their electrical walk-through, when most residential lighting "design" is done with a Sharpie and the "you need about four cans here" approach. Make it 10,001 by reading the article... Continue Reading →

The Best & Worst Light Bulb

I finally found it: a light bulb that performs just like the beloved 60-watt incandescent. And I am very, very unhappy.  Angry. Because this pack of bulbs costs me $4 to buy but will lock me in to spending an extra $300 over the next decade.  And that's not the only downside.  Let me explain. I... Continue Reading →

Mix & Match Lighting

I live by the rules.  But am I wrong? One of those rules is to never mix warm white bulbs (yellowish) with cool white bulbs (bluish).  I learned this rule back in the fluorescent day by looking at ceilings where some bulbs were pink and some were blue and the end result is that the... Continue Reading →

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