What is Lighting Design?

"What do you do for a living?" inquired my seat mate on a recent flight. "I am a lighting designer," I replied. [BLANK STARE] Explaining my job is, well, difficult at best. If people have any awareness of lighting design, it likely falls into the sentiments displayed in the image above. Our lighting plans, so... Continue Reading →

GEAR TALK: COB Tape Light

Just about two and a half years ago I saw my first sample of COB tape light and I bet my jaw literally dropped. Tape light- a generic name for flexible linear LED strips- is a key tool in our quest for good lighting. We use it just about everywhere, and that makes us a... Continue Reading →

1THING: Plug In Bathroom Lighting

It is particularly difficult to change lighting in a bathroom without hiring an electrician. Most baths are filled with tubs, showers, toilets, and vanities that leave little to no room for tables and lamps. And plug-in lamps near a tub are a bad idea from a safety perspective – electricity near water is a time-honored... Continue Reading →

THINK LIGHT: Color Temperature

A few years ago I wrote a pulp piece for Houzz.com on how to choose the "right" color temperature of light. At the time there were just a few choices homeowners faced with lighting: choose 2700°K warm white, 3000°K not-quite-as-warm light, or perhaps 3500°K "neutral" white or 4000°K cool light. I recommended 2700°K for traditional... Continue Reading →

1THING: New Build Living Rooms

This post is the third in my 1THING: New Builds series designed to boil better lighting down to the bare essentials. And I promise I'll get to the subject - living rooms - in just a moment. But first, I owe you an apology. One of the benefits of blogging - at least the way... Continue Reading →

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