Dark Sky, Bright Home

I recently wrote an article for Houzz.com on how to make the outside of your home welcoming at night. It had been awhile since my article on downlights drew so many sharply divided comments, so I had grown complacent and used to the vanilla “great article” responses. Whoops. While many readers appreciated the article and the... 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 →

Welcome Home

While at a business lunch a few hours ago, I had to look up today's sunset time so I could arrange to meet the client at the project site after dark to view the new lighting.  My weather app told me 8:15.  That's good for tonight, as I won't have to stay awake as long.... Continue Reading →

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 →

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