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 →
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 →
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!
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 Gift’s second promise is that light can help us know where we are, where we are going, and who we are with. Light for knowing may take the form of “ambient” light, which is soft, diffuse, general light that dimly fills a space. But it may also be much more focused light that gives... Continue Reading →
Light isn’t just for doing- it is also for knowing where we are, where we are going, and who we are with. Imagine yourself in a large room that is completely dark- you cannot see anything. Now add the most basic light for reading- a clip-on book light. You can see the pages now, yes? ... Continue Reading →
Professional lighting designers have a secret language. We use our coded language to streamline our conversations with other insiders, and like a secret handshake that lets us identify other members of our inner circle. Outside of that circle, the language is utter nonsense. “I would love to find an LED with a 3000K-1600K variable CCT... Continue Reading →