Buying Guide: Dining Room Chandeliers

Let's take a quick break from the philosophical and answer a very basic question: How do you choose light fixtures?  The answer is different from room to room and from person to person, but here are a few tips to guide the process for your dining room. Step 1: Choose a Size Most online chandelier-sizing... Continue Reading →

Summer Nights, Patio Lights

My latest story published on Houzz.com (link below) features photos from Houzz's deep archive of photos and a sketch that simplifies patio lighting into six ideas.  Writing the articles is a fun challenge.  How do I make lighting design digestible?  Any suggestions you have are welcome.  🙂  

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 & Health: The Easy Way

If you or someone you know suffers from Social Jet Lag, Ambient Light may help.  Talk to your doctor before using Ambient Light.  Possible side effects include... I can hear the television commercial extolling the virtues of the latest miracle drug, Ambient Light.  It energizes you in the morning!  It is clinically proven to reduce the... Continue Reading →

Light up the Ceiling

If you have a ceiling, you may want to consider lighting it.  Especially if you can incorporate some variation to the ceiling, and one of the techniques discussed on my Houzz article.

Light for Feeling: For Rest

When my wife was expecting our second son, I turned my remodeling do-it-yourself muscle towards an unused room occupying our former attached garage.  Hastily turned into an extra room by previous owners, the space was all but unusable and served as a storage room while we remodeled the rest of the house.  Now, with our... Continue Reading →

Stone & Brick Featured on Houzz

I enjoy crafting articles on Houzz.com for a number of reasons, including having access to millions of photographs of beautiful projects.  When writing the most recent article (link below), I found dozens of examples of lighting stone and brick to include.  But my favorite aspects of the process are figuring out how to simplify my... Continue Reading →

Practical Advice: Choosing Downlight Trims

Recently a reader posed a tough question following one of my articles on Houzz.com: "I am often stumped by the variety of sizes and baffle colors of recessed lights.  Any info regarding how to choose?" Hmm.  I had to think about that one, as I often make choices subconsciously from my own experience and preferences.... Continue Reading →

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