2019 5-Step Lightbulb Buying Guide

Yes, it is another post on lightbulbs.  If you want someone else to make the decision for you, go out any buy Philips Soft White Dimmable LED with warm glow effect.  If you want to brave the lightbulb aisle on your own, read on. I am going to conveniently avoid the obvious question a post like this... 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 →

Long Nights Need Better Lights

My latest Houzz article shares four ways to brighten up these long, dark nights at home.  I forgot to add that wearing an LED headlamp might also help, but anyone who lives with you will get very annoyed.  On second thought, stick with the four options in the article.  Click on the image below, and... Continue Reading →

Vanity & Celebrity

The stars of stage and screen spend a good deal of time in their dressing rooms in front of the mirror, checking to make sure they are ready for the literal spotlight. You may not be going onstage, but that is no excuse for poor lighting at your vanity.  Leave the film noir to the... Continue Reading →

Boycott Buying Bulbs #2

Lighting design is a pretty good job- most of the time.  But when it comes to picking out a light bulb for my table lamps, everything goes wrong while costing a great deal of money. Last week, I decided I would buy a 60-watt equivalent LED light bulb. Instead of standing in the light bulb... Continue Reading →

Boycott Buying Bulbs Part 1*

*Some exclusions apply, like if you want light after sunset. UPDATE: I'm not giving up!  Stay tuned for Part 2. If you found yourself befuddled trying to buy a light bulb lately, as I often have, this post is for you.  It is also for the architects I was swapping "light bulb aisle war stories"... Continue Reading →

5 Tips for 1 Chandelier

I am delighted that Houzz.com continues to publish my stories in their news feed and newsletters.  This week I pulled together information from several of my languageoflight.blog posts and a handful of images from the vast photo library on Houzz to simplify chandelier/dining room pendant purchasing.  I made use of common wisdom and a few... 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 →

Fine Homebuilding (and Lighting)

Today I send a big THANK YOU to the fabulous editorial team at Fine Homebuilding for shaping my article for their readers.  It was a fun experience for me and I am delighted with the final product! Read it online.    

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