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 →

Developing a Kitchen Lighting Plan

Another one just came across my desk: a kitchen where the plans call for lighting placed precisely in the wrong place.  Chopping with large knives and dealing with hot pans is no place for poor lighting and obscuring shadows, and this is just one reason kitchens have the most at stake when it comes to... Continue Reading →

Lighting…in Cars??

T Brand, the paid content arm of the New York Times, recently launched a post on cutting-edge lighting in cars.  Paid for by Audi, the relatively short post has fabulous graphics and quotes from experts across the country on how light affects us. About half-way through the article there is a quote from an architectural... Continue Reading →

A Brighter Black Friday

Lighting Design never goes on sale. Or does it? Black Friday sales flyers have been filling my inbox and mailbox for days.  Later this week millions will push back from the Thanksgiving table and rush to the stores to pick up doorbuster deals.  We will buy Christmas gifts for family and friends and big screen... Continue Reading →

FTGOL #5: Drama & Dancing in the Dark

Adolescence happens, and it is a miracle any of us survive to adulthood.  After a childhood filled with light (see earlier posts) both indoors and out, I began to encounter the opposite: darkness.  At the same time I also took the “light as a toy” theory to heart and began manipulating human emotions with my... Continue Reading →

Fine Homebuilding (and Lighting)

Today I send a big THANK YOU to the fabulous editorial team at Fine Homebuilding for shaping my article for their readers.  It was a fun experience for me and I am delighted with the final product! Read it online.    

Notes of a Keynote

Last night I was honored to deliver the keynote address at the American Institute of Architects Illinois Prairie conference in Carbondale. I had fun tying together thoughts from a number of blog posts and writing this “sermon.”  Lighting is a product. It costs you money. Light is a gift. Light can help you live better. When I was... Continue Reading →

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