Light for Doing: A Kitchen

Most folks I know never ask me to advise them on lighting their living rooms, but I get called in often to take a look at kitchens.  Modern lifestyles place a much higher emphasis on kitchens than when many of our homes were built, and it makes sense that lighting these spaces has become more... Continue Reading →

Light for Doing: A Living Room

CFLS: Ceiling Fan Light Syndrome.  Great for vacuuming the carpet, awful for everything else. Everyone uses their living rooms differently, which means everyone’s idea of great lighting will be different.  In your living or family room you might watch television, read books, play games, relax on the couch, surf the internet on your iPad, knit, snack,... Continue Reading →

Light for Storytelling

Professional lighting designers use different terms like task, ambient, and accent light when describing what they do.  And they may not always talk about storytelling, but it is embedded in their work none-the-less. When I’m working with a client who is converting an old brick warehouse into a frozen yogurt shop, I might suggest neon... Continue Reading →

Light for Changing

Imagine yourself in a windowless, featureless room, like an exam room at the hospital.  There is a light switch on the wall that turns on the overhead fluorescent fixtures.  You can have bright white light or pitch dark at the flick of a switch. And those are your only two choices.  So most of the... Continue Reading →

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