2019 5-Step Lightbulb Buying Guide

Yes, it is another post on lightbulbs.  If you want someone else to make the decision for you, go out any buy Philips Soft White Dimmable LED with warm glow effect.  If you want to brave the lightbulb aisle on your own, read on. I am going to conveniently avoid the obvious question a post like this... Continue Reading →

Lighting can hurt you.

I believe light is a gift that can help us live better lives.  A powerful combination of human history, personal experience, and deepening research backs me up: light can help us sleep better, wake up easier, heal faster, feel happier, suffer less pain, reduce the symptoms of aging...and the list goes on. My teenage sons... Continue Reading →

Kitchen Counter Lighting

The Right Light for Kitchen Counters After the paint is dry and the counters are set in place, the kitchen becomes the most difficult place in the house to change.  Getting lighting on the countertops has to be done right the first time, and here are a few tips to help. Downlights: Light the Counters... Continue Reading →

Long Nights Need Better Lights

My latest Houzz article shares four ways to brighten up these long, dark nights at home.  I forgot to add that wearing an LED headlamp might also help, but anyone who lives with you will get very annoyed.  On second thought, stick with the four options in the article.  Click on the image below, and... Continue Reading →

Lighting & Darkness

It is winter, between Christmas and New Year's, and a perfect time to write about lighting and darkness.   All around town, otherwise nondescript homes are festooned with thousands of tiny lights.  Twinkle lights on downtown trees add glow to the sidewalks and storefronts, and in many living rooms are even more trees and more... Continue Reading →

Vanity & Celebrity

The stars of stage and screen spend a good deal of time in their dressing rooms in front of the mirror, checking to make sure they are ready for the literal spotlight. You may not be going onstage, but that is no excuse for poor lighting at your vanity.  Leave the film noir to the... Continue Reading →

Boycott Buying Bulbs #2

Lighting design is a pretty good job- most of the time.  But when it comes to picking out a light bulb for my table lamps, everything goes wrong while costing a great deal of money. Last week, I decided I would buy a 60-watt equivalent LED light bulb. Instead of standing in the light bulb... Continue Reading →

Boycott Buying Bulbs Part 1*

*Some exclusions apply, like if you want light after sunset. UPDATE: I'm not giving up!  Stay tuned for Part 2. If you found yourself befuddled trying to buy a light bulb lately, as I often have, this post is for you.  It is also for the architects I was swapping "light bulb aisle war stories"... Continue Reading →

5 Tips for 1 Chandelier

I am delighted that Houzz.com continues to publish my stories in their news feed and newsletters.  This week I pulled together information from several of my languageoflight.blog posts and a handful of images from the vast photo library on Houzz to simplify chandelier/dining room pendant purchasing.  I made use of common wisdom and a few... Continue Reading →

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