1THING: Plug In Dining Rooms

Today we are going boldly into the great unknown, the vast universe beyond the dining room. Ahem. Sometimes I get a little carried away. Okay, often I get a little carried away. Especially when it comes to coming up with creative ways to talk about light and lighting. So please forgive me when I wax... Continue Reading →

THINK LIGHT: Has anyone seen my light meter?

This post might make some of my lighting colleagues a little angry, because I'm going to claim that light meters are nearly useless tools. I'm going to claim that the numbers we produce, the foot-candle levels or lux we calculate and measure, the math behind lighting design is all rather pointless. (And before you write... Continue Reading →

1THING: New Build Dining Rooms

This post brings dining rooms into my 1THING: New Build series, but you'll have to skip ahead or slog through some early morning musings to get there. Sorry. Blogging is a bit of weird phenomenon. Here I sit, week after week, writing about lighting with no deadlines, no paycheck, and no guarantee that what I... Continue Reading →

GEAR TALK: Low Voltage Lighting

My Gear Talk series is an excuse to geek out a bit while attempting to simplify some of the complex conversations we have about lighting. It is less about the theory, science, and application and more about the tools. And one of those tools has almost nothing to do with the photons themselves: voltage. We... Continue Reading →

1THING: Plug In Bedroom Lighting

When it comes to plug-in lighting upgrades in the bedroom, the bedside table lamp is a runaway favorite. Both useful and ubiquitous, this staple of decorative lighting needs no introduction. And devoting an entire blog post to them might be considered a waste of time. That means I will probably write about bedside lamps someday,... Continue Reading →

1THING: New Build Bedrooms

I am having fun with both 1THING series, and this week's post on bedrooms is no exception. I am pretty good at overcomplicating things, so the mental gymnastics of forcing myself to make a single choice is proving to be good exercise. Plus, I think I might quit my job so I can just sketch... Continue Reading →

What is Lighting Design?

"What do you do for a living?" inquired my seat mate on a recent flight. "I am a lighting designer," I replied. [BLANK STARE] Explaining my job is, well, difficult at best. If people have any awareness of lighting design, it likely falls into the sentiments displayed in the image above. Our lighting plans, so... Continue Reading →

GEAR TALK: COB Tape Light

Just about two and a half years ago I saw my first sample of COB tape light and I bet my jaw literally dropped. Tape light- a generic name for flexible linear LED strips- is a key tool in our quest for good lighting. We use it just about everywhere, and that makes us a... Continue Reading →

1THING: Plug In Bathroom Lighting

It is particularly difficult to change lighting in a bathroom without hiring an electrician. Most baths are filled with tubs, showers, toilets, and vanities that leave little to no room for tables and lamps. And plug-in lamps near a tub are a bad idea from a safety perspective – electricity near water is a time-honored... Continue Reading →

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