BS* + Beer Show

*BS = Building Science When Green Building Advisor and Fine Homebuilding friends asked me to join an episode of the BS* + beer show, I was honored and a little scared. Why? Because builders and lighting designers do not always get along. In retrospect, I need not have feared. BS* + Beer is a weekly... Continue Reading →

Seven Saintly Solutions

Seven Saintly Solutions, Presented by David Warfel from DMF Lighting on Vimeo. One of the perks of starting your own company is that you get to pick your job title. At some point I decided that "Chief Evangelist of Light" (CEL) would be my own. Evangelist is a term that can have positive and negative... Continue Reading →

Humble Know-it-alls

"They are total know-it-alls." I often ask homeowners, integrators, architects, and others if they have ever worked with a lighting designer. Most homeowners have not, and many do not know that we exist. The story is different for those in the trade. And in residential lighting design, from the responses I receive, there are know-it-alls... Continue Reading →

(ME)dia

My job title is "Chief Evangelist of Light." What, exactly, is a CEL? It means my job is to share the gift of light with as many people as I can. At isn't just a job, it is my professional mission. I am passionate about it, I preach it. That's why I borrowed religious terminology... Continue Reading →

Time Zooms By

Whew. It's been hard to find time to blog the past few months. I can blame that on the pandemic, but that is only partially true. I'll blame it on Zoom instead. Our design team is spread across three time zones and six states, and we rely on remote communication tools like Zoom for continual... Continue Reading →

The Future of Shades?

  (My apologies to those of you who clicked and found a blank post!) Simply put, we need natural light to be happy and healthy.  We need lots of it in the mornings to wake up, plenty mid-day to keep us going, and a soft tapering at night to relax us towards sleep. The best... Continue Reading →

Bedrooms: Beyond Sleeping

We have a certain number of formulas for illuminating a bedroom.  We layer in lighting to deliver our five promises of light in these rooms just as we would anywhere else in the home.  The solutions are different in a bedroom than in a kitchen because the function and form of each space is vastly... Continue Reading →

Time Marches On

A career in lighting design can lead to some unusual experiences like living on a cruise ship in dry dock or spending the night in a shopping mall in Las Vegas.  Every once in awhile, the experience opens your eyes. Just before the pandemic shut down our society, TIME opened THE MARCH at Chicago's Dusable... Continue Reading →

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