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 →

Light for Knowing: A Great Room

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 for Knowing

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 →

The Language of Light

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 →

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