LIGHT from the Beginning

I think light is pretty important, but it seems I don't know the half of it. I am currently reading LIGHT: A Radiant History from Creation to the Quantum Age by Bruce Watson.  The book is of the micro-history genre, an in-depth look at an intensely focused topic.  This time, the topic happens to illuminate... Continue Reading →

Another Houzz Listicle

24 months ago I did not know the meaning of "listicle," but now I write them.  A list + article becomes a listicle, or short story with distinct bullet points.  I added the requisite beautiful photos and reshaped this post to become the latest Houzz story.  Enjoy!

Oops, I did it again.

Fifteen years ago I did a budget-friendly lighting design for my mother's total kitchen remodel as shown in the photograph above.  I delivered 50 foot-candles to the horizontal task plane, as I'd been taught to do.  I had multiple downlights over the sink and placed the downlights directly over the counter.  I didn't like the... Continue Reading →

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 →

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