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.    

Chandeliers and Umbrellas

"Sacrifice for beauty," someone once said.  Not in my house. Lighting is not immune to questionable fashion trends, and we're in the middle of one right now that makes many dining experiences less enjoyable.  "Transitional" design has given birth to the open-structure chandelier, the philosophical equivalent of an umbrella without its fabric cover. You and... Continue Reading →

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