1THING: New Build Decks

I once read that the easiest ways to increase the sale price of your home were to paint the front door for a good first impression and add a deck to the back yard. I suppose adding a deck makes the back yard more enticing, perhaps even subconsciously saying to the buyer "purchase this home... Continue Reading →

1 THING: Plug In Living Rooms

If the idea of ripping into a finished ceiling, pulling new wires, installing fixtures, repairing drywall, and repainting is discouraging you from improving lighting in your home, I sympathize. When I was a tad younger (okay, twenty years younger), I thought nothing of crawling through my attic, hacking away at decades old plaster, and pulling... Continue Reading →

1THING: Plug-In Kitchens

I am a dreamer. I dream solutions, I dream new ways to share the gift of light, I dream new ways to use light. I also dream about running the Boston Marathon. Some dreams are more realistic than others. On the flip side of the dreamer is the doer. I like getting checkmarks on my... Continue Reading →

THINK LIGHT: The Incredible Iris

A key component of human sight is the flexible iris that opens and closes the pupil, constantly adjusting the amount of light that enters the eye. I am an unabashed lighting geek. I love learning about the science, technology, art, and technique of lighting design, I dig into light and health, and I always, always... Continue Reading →

1THING: New Build Kitchens

Center downlights on kitchen cabinet doors for better illumination inside the cabinets - and a better look. IF YOU CAN ONLY DO ONE THING TO IMPROVE THE LIGHTING IN YOUR NEW KITCHEN...put the recessed downlights in the right place. Getting great lighting in a home can be a little intimidating and overwhelming. Homeowners will often... Continue Reading →

Beyond Desk Lamps: Lighting that Works

It’s undeniable: we’re working at home more than ever.  The US Census tells us over 8 million work entirely from home and a Gallup survey reveals that at least 43% of employed Americans said they spend at least some time working remotely.  Add in those who pay their bills at home, use a computer to... Continue Reading →

Rough. Drafts.

There is a lot to learn when it comes to lighting, and I love writing about it (you have probably figured that out already).  Sometimes, a picture (or a moving picture, in this case) may be worth the proverbial one thousand words.  And so we enter into video.  We have a rough draft- and it... 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 →

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 →

Update/Downlights

I am working on an article for Houzz.com on how to choose the right downlight trim, and it is turning out to be quite a challenge.  The article is inspired by my earlier post here, but I wanted to simplify the ideas and provide something a little more helpful. The problem is that choosing a... Continue Reading →

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