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 →

Lighting Larceny

COMMON MISTAKES THAT STEAL YOUR COMFORT AND JOY They are all around us, lurking in our homes and threatening to harm us every day and every night!  Be very afraid!  Stay tuned for updates!  Oh no! I like to think of myself as the Evangelist of Light, spreading the good news that light- the first... Continue Reading →

The Electrical Walk Through

Sadly, my latest article on Houzz.com received about 10,000 views in the first week.  Why is this sad?  Because way more people need to prepare for their electrical walk-through, when most residential lighting "design" is done with a Sharpie and the "you need about four cans here" approach. Make it 10,001 by reading the article... Continue Reading →

The Best & Worst Light Bulb

I finally found it: a light bulb that performs just like the beloved 60-watt incandescent. And I am very, very unhappy.  Angry. Because this pack of bulbs costs me $4 to buy but will lock me in to spending an extra $300 over the next decade.  And that's not the only downside.  Let me explain. I... Continue Reading →

Mix & Match Lighting

I live by the rules.  But am I wrong? One of those rules is to never mix warm white bulbs (yellowish) with cool white bulbs (bluish).  I learned this rule back in the fluorescent day by looking at ceilings where some bulbs were pink and some were blue and the end result is that the... 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 →

Is Smart Lighting a Dumb Idea?

No. Er, Yes.  Wait a minute, is this a trick question? Retailers and websites are hawking new smart gadgets for our homes incessantly, essentially trying to do what Apple did for smart phones: make them cost a whole lot more.  There are smart coffee makers, smart pet feeders, smart doorbells, smart thermostats, smart irrigation systems,... 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 →

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