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 →

Rainbow Red Velvet

The Gift of Light must be fully unwrapped to be understood.  Inside the gift box of white light are all the colors of the rainbow, only visible when we split the wavelengths apart with a prism or raindrops.  The power of light is also multi-layered, affecting our lives in many ways.  My approach to better... Continue Reading →

The Good Old Days of Light

I like to believe that I am a forward thinker and not a person who looks behind longingly at The Good Old Days. Most of the time. When it comes to architecture, I love where the world is headed.  We're seeing modern homes with large expanses of glass, schools with huge amounts of daylight, factories... Continue Reading →

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 (Click here to read the companion story on Houzz.com) 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... 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 →

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