Lightovation 2020

January is a good time to fly south and check out Lightovation at the Dallas Market Center.  The annual event for buyers is focused primarily on showrooms and distributors but integrators are beginning to show up- especially those that also do decorative lighting. I was at Lightovation to share my passion for linear lighting with... Continue Reading →

Red Light, Green Light

A few years ago I heard a simple phrase from a leading lighting researcher: "Light is a drug." Like most drugs, light causes chemical reactions in our brain and body.  Moods change, biorhythms change, migraines disappear. Wait, migraines? Dr. Mohab Ibrahim, director of the chronic pain clinic at a hospital in Tucson, Arizona, has an... Continue Reading →

The Next DMX for Architecture

WARNING: THIS BLOG POST CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT MAY BE UNSUITABLE FOR INDIVIDUALS SENSITIVE TO ACRONYMS. I like control.  A lot.  And it all started in theater many, many years ago when I moved to my first computer-controlled light board.  It was love at first "GO." I have not lit a traditional show in years, but... Continue Reading →

Bumps on the Lighting Road

CRUUUUNCH! A few years ago I was driving the family minivan with camper in tow when my trusty Google app pointed out a shortcut that would get me to the Grand Teton's campground 18 seconds faster. "In one mile, turn right onto Mormon Way." Later I would discover the words "Four-wheel drive only" written on... Continue Reading →

LIGHT from the Beginning

I think light is pretty important, but it seems I don't know the half of it. I am currently reading LIGHT: A Radiant History from Creation to the Quantum Age by Bruce Watson.  The book is of the micro-history genre, an in-depth look at an intensely focused topic.  This time, the topic happens to illuminate... Continue Reading →

Vinyl SLighting

The locally quarried stone and stained concrete shapes that make up Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic Fallingwater are key ingredients of its success, but the maintenance is expensive.  Natural stone needs care and mortar; concrete cracks and spalls.  So last year the Foundation that oversees Fallingwater made the sensible choice to reduce maintenance costs. They covered the house in... Continue Reading →

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