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 →

Buying Guides: Under Cabinet LEDs

Straight from the depths of the mind of a lighting designer, here comes another fascinating, edge-of-your-seat, page-turning buying guide for the most exciting of all light fixtures: under-cabinet LED tape light.  Oh yeah! Buying LED tape light (those tiny flexible LED strips with adhesive backing) would be easier if it weren't for the seemingly endless... Continue Reading →

Living with Light

If you're looking to review the layers of light and apply them to your living room, my article on Houzz.com (link below) would be a good place to start.  In addition to my oh-so-nifty sketch, you'll find photographic examples of each layer from multiple projects in multiple styles.  Enjoy!

Sun Gods and Magic Sweaters

We used to have a better language for light, but lately we stick to words like LED, lumens, and color temperature.  Necessary, perhaps, but not particularly inspiring. In history, we used words like Helios, Prometheus, Zeus, and Ra that belied our dependence on light. We organized our temples, our festivals, our stonehenges around light.  We wrote... Continue Reading →

The Wrong Answer

Sometimes I get questions that seem simple but are complex to answer.  A recent Houzz reader asked me "what spacing should I use for my recessed downlights?"  Yep, this post is definitely on the practical side. Hmm.  A lot of "designers" have rules of thumb for spacing downlights- perhaps you need one for every so... Continue Reading →

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 Doing

Do you know how many footcandles you need to read a magazine?  Most likely not, and there is no reason you should.  But you are an expert at what you do in your home, and you need light to see it.  You need a certain kind of light to read your magazine, light that illuminates... Continue Reading →

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