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 →

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 →

Sorry, Mom.

My mother has carefully and meticulously curated a style for the family farmhouse over the past 45 years of residency (we've had the farm since about 1882, but none of us remember that). In the 1970's and 80's when I was growing up it was, well, very 1970's.  Then, when we finally all went off... Continue Reading →

Don’t Mock Me

Light is a tricky substance.  You cannot hear it, taste it, feel it, or smell it.  You can only see light when it comes directly into your eyes or bounces off of something.  It is predictable, so long as you can memorize the trillions of possibilities and recall the correct answer. I can't. Lighting design... 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 →

Lighting & Learning

Today I delivered a presentation on layered lighting to the Toronto section of the Illuminating Engineering Society. At my request, one of my hosts scribbled "Great Presentation" on a napkin, so now I can officially add "internationally acclaimed" speaker to my self-congratulating biography.  Sounds pretty cool, eh?  Just another reason not to believe everything you... Continue Reading →

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