Vegas: City of Light(seeing)

Las Vegas is not the city of light, it is the city of lighting.  Electric lighting.  Lots and lots of electric lighting.  And since Vegas is all about nightlife and casinos-without-windows, it is impossible to see anything in Las Vegas without Lightseeing.  I was there with the team a few weeks ago for a conference,... Continue Reading →

We’re on a Mission

Note: I began this post in a different world, a pre-coronavirus world.  Now, as many more of us are sheltering in place, light at home is more critical than ever.  Now, as many of us face illness, the benefits of light for wellness are more important than ever.  We're still on a mission to help.... Continue Reading →

Lightseeing Blues

This series of posts may lead you to believe that I am always looking at lighting and that would be a false impression.  I also look at billboards for injury attorneys, the back of the airplane seat in front of me, the speedometer, the GPS.  I usually do not set out intentionally to look at... Continue Reading →

Are We Sell Outs?

WHY WE DON'T SELL FIXTURES...AND WHY WE PARTNER WITH PEOPLE WHO DO. About twenty years ago, a fresh and eager younger me was hired into his first professional architectural lighting design job.  I was thrilled.  I knew everything already (of course!!) because I was twenty-something and had two college degrees. Over the last twenty years... Continue Reading →

Time to Glow

It all started with a sketch.  I wanted to add glow to a table that would be easy for clients to use every night, like candles but without the dripping and smoking and constant replacing.  It is easy to sketch, but something altogether different to make happen in reality. Then we moved into our current... Continue Reading →

Human Centric Lighting…or Profit Centric Lighting?

Human Centric Lighting (HCL) is a nebulous term quickly replacing Circadian Lighting as the go-to language for describing lighting strategies intended to improve our lives. The more expansive idea behind HCL is that it includes circadian rhythm science but also accounts for moment-to-moment human wellness, comfort, and needs. Human Centric Lighting sounds awesome, doesn’t it? Recently... Continue Reading →

Endgame: Lighting Designers vs Interior Designers

"But we already have an interior designer who is helping us with lighting.  Why should we hire a lighting designer?" Here's the answer: Lighting Designers are lighting designers and Interior Designers are...interior designers.  Make sense? Okay, let's put it another way: Interior Designers craft and coordinate the entire look of a home.  Lighting Designers make... Continue Reading →

Fine Homebuilding Kitchen

Imagine the future: light helps you keep your balance as you age, cuts down on point sources that cause glare, minimizes sleep disturbances, and helps you see what you are doing better than ever. Wouldn't it be nice?  Pushing these boundaries requires experiments like our recent lighting makeover at my parents' farmhouse in Illinois.  The... Continue Reading →

Lightseeing 2

We take light for granted: we assume it will be bright enough to see whenever we want it so, even in the middle of the night.  We assume entrances will be lit, lobbies will be illuminated, restaurants will glow.  Sometimes, despite being taken for granted, we notice something that catches our eye.  I call this... Continue Reading →

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