THINK LIGHT: Color Temperature

A few years ago I wrote a pulp piece for Houzz.com on how to choose the "right" color temperature of light. At the time there were just a few choices homeowners faced with lighting: choose 2700°K warm white, 3000°K not-quite-as-warm light, or perhaps 3500°K "neutral" white or 4000°K cool light. I recommended 2700°K for traditional... Continue Reading →

1THING: New Build Living Rooms

This post is the third in my 1THING: New Builds series designed to boil better lighting down to the bare essentials. And I promise I'll get to the subject - living rooms - in just a moment. But first, I owe you an apology. One of the benefits of blogging - at least the way... Continue Reading →

GEAR TALK: LED Screw-In Bulbs

There is a popular story that ties the Space Shuttle technology to the width of Roman horse's backside, and it just occurred to me that there is may be a parallel in lighting. The first story goes something like this: the booster rockets on the Space Shuttle were a certain diameter because they had to... Continue Reading →

1 THING: Plug In Living Rooms

If the idea of ripping into a finished ceiling, pulling new wires, installing fixtures, repairing drywall, and repainting is discouraging you from improving lighting in your home, I sympathize. When I was a tad younger (okay, twenty years younger), I thought nothing of crawling through my attic, hacking away at decades old plaster, and pulling... Continue Reading →

THINK LIGHT: Light Pollution

Satellite image from NASA via Blue Marble. Can you find your town? When it comes to light, it is hard to tell exactly how much we throw away. The International Dark Sky Association estimates that 35% of lighting energy is wasted making the sky glow. This is energy that has no discernible positive effect on... Continue Reading →

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