Lighting isn’t brain surgery…?

I frequently hear myself saying that lighting is not brain surgery, that getting it right just requires the attention of a dedicated experienced professional. I might be wrong. (Not literally.  I could never do brain surgery because I would pass out as soon as the knife dug in.  I'm getting faint just thinking about it.... Continue Reading →

Change is the Only Constant

I am as guilty as the next lighting designer.  See my design above for proof. Once upon a time, light indoors depended on light through windows or flames from candles, lamps and fires.  The windows were automatically scheduled to turn on slowly in the morning and turn off slowly in the evening.  They changed intensity... Continue Reading →

Rough. Drafts.

There is a lot to learn when it comes to lighting, and I love writing about it (you have probably figured that out already).  Sometimes, a picture (or a moving picture, in this case) may be worth the proverbial one thousand words.  And so we enter into video.  We have a rough draft- and it... Continue Reading →

Does it cost more?

One of the reasons that light in our homes and workplaces is not good for us is that our primary considerations are 1) how cheaply can we get lighting and 2) how few watts can we use.  I am often asked "will good lighting cost more than regular lighting?" Yep. Let's say you hire a... Continue Reading →

Rainbow Red Velvet

The Gift of Light must be fully unwrapped to be understood.  Inside the gift box of white light are all the colors of the rainbow, only visible when we split the wavelengths apart with a prism or raindrops.  The power of light is also multi-layered, affecting our lives in many ways.  My approach to better... Continue Reading →

The Good Old Days of Light

I like to believe that I am a forward thinker and not a person who looks behind longingly at The Good Old Days. Most of the time. When it comes to architecture, I love where the world is headed.  We're seeing modern homes with large expanses of glass, schools with huge amounts of daylight, factories... Continue Reading →

Lighting can hurt you.

I believe light is a gift that can help us live better lives.  A powerful combination of human history, personal experience, and deepening research backs me up: light can help us sleep better, wake up easier, heal faster, feel happier, suffer less pain, reduce the symptoms of aging...and the list goes on. My teenage sons... Continue Reading →

Lighting & Darkness

It is winter, between Christmas and New Year's, and a perfect time to write about lighting and darkness.   All around town, otherwise nondescript homes are festooned with thousands of tiny lights.  Twinkle lights on downtown trees add glow to the sidewalks and storefronts, and in many living rooms are even more trees and more... Continue Reading →

Notes of a Keynote

Last night I was honored to deliver the keynote address at the American Institute of Architects Illinois Prairie conference in Carbondale. I had fun tying together thoughts from a number of blog posts and writing this “sermon.”  Lighting is a product. It costs you money. Light is a gift. Light can help you live better. When I was... Continue Reading →

Lighting is Jewelry…or shoes?

Experts tell me I should consider lighting as "the jewelry of the home."  This has always bothered me instinctually, but it wasn't until a few days ago that I understood why. Jewelry is useless. Wait, wait, I am not advocating that we give up jewelry on our bodies and in our homes.  I happen to... Continue Reading →

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