Is Smart Lighting a Dumb Idea?

No. Er, Yes.  Wait a minute, is this a trick question? Retailers and websites are hawking new smart gadgets for our homes incessantly, essentially trying to do what Apple did for smart phones: make them cost a whole lot more.  There are smart coffee makers, smart pet feeders, smart doorbells, smart thermostats, smart irrigation systems,... Continue Reading →

Sorry, Mom.

My mother has carefully and meticulously curated a style for the family farmhouse over the past 45 years of residency (we've had the farm since about 1882, but none of us remember that). In the 1970's and 80's when I was growing up it was, well, very 1970's.  Then, when we finally all went off... Continue Reading →

Don’t Mock Me

Light is a tricky substance.  You cannot hear it, taste it, feel it, or smell it.  You can only see light when it comes directly into your eyes or bounces off of something.  It is predictable, so long as you can memorize the trillions of possibilities and recall the correct answer. I can't. Lighting design... Continue Reading →

Does it cost more?

One of the reasons that light in our homes and workplaces is not good for us is that our primary considerations are 1) how cheaply can we get lighting and 2) how few watts can we use.  I am often asked "will good lighting cost more than regular lighting?" Yep. Let's say you hire a... Continue Reading →

Lighting & Learning

Today I delivered a presentation on layered lighting to the Toronto section of the Illuminating Engineering Society. At my request, one of my hosts scribbled "Great Presentation" on a napkin, so now I can officially add "internationally acclaimed" speaker to my self-congratulating biography.  Sounds pretty cool, eh?  Just another reason not to believe everything you... Continue Reading →

Lighting Malady: 4CnF Syndrome

The most common lighting malady I diagnose is CFLS, or Ceiling Fan Light Syndrome.  Statistically speaking (and I am completely making this up), CFLS affects three of every four Americans at some point in their lives.  If you or someone you know is suffering from CFLS, please contact your designer immediately. One common side effect... Continue Reading →

Houzz, Bulbs, & Photos

My latest story from Houzz.com shares the same information from my light bulb buying guide but in National Geographic Style (lots of pretty pictures).  I think that helps the medicine go down a bit better! Read my version of the story here.  

Making Light of a Midlife Crisis

This is my first midlife crisis, and I'm full of excitement and energy (and yes, more than a little anxiety).  This phase of life has not been easy, but I'm looking ahead in hope.  Why? When I look behind me I see so many seemingly disconnected experiences: spending two years volunteering with Habitat for Humanity,... Continue Reading →

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