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 →

Lighting Malady: 4CnF Syndrome

The most common lighting malady I diagnose is CFLS, or Ceiling Fan Light Syndrome.  Statistically speaking (and I am completely making this up), CFLS affects three of every four Americans at some point in their lives.  If you or someone you know is suffering from CFLS, please contact your designer immediately. One common side effect... Continue Reading →

Long Nights Need Better Lights

My latest Houzz article shares four ways to brighten up these long, dark nights at home.  I forgot to add that wearing an LED headlamp might also help, but anyone who lives with you will get very annoyed.  On second thought, stick with the four options in the article.  Click on the image below, and... Continue Reading →

The Wrong Answer

Sometimes I get questions that seem simple but are complex to answer.  A recent Houzz reader asked me "what spacing should I use for my recessed downlights?"  Yep, this post is definitely on the practical side. Hmm.  A lot of "designers" have rules of thumb for spacing downlights- perhaps you need one for every so... Continue Reading →

Light up the Ceiling

If you have a ceiling, you may want to consider lighting it.  Especially if you can incorporate some variation to the ceiling, and one of the techniques discussed on my Houzz article.

Less is…less.

"Do we really need all those lights?" If you ask me to help lay out lighting for your living room (or kitchen, or bedroom, or bathroom...), the probability of me increasing the quantity of light fixtures is about a million to one. Increasing the quantity of lights does not mean there will be more light,... Continue Reading →

Light for Feeling: For Rest

When my wife was expecting our second son, I turned my remodeling do-it-yourself muscle towards an unused room occupying our former attached garage.  Hastily turned into an extra room by previous owners, the space was all but unusable and served as a storage room while we remodeled the rest of the house.  Now, with our... Continue Reading →

4 Kinds of Light for Feeling Good

Science is catching up to what professional lighting designers have known for years- great lighting can help us feel better.  The right kind of light can help us relax or be more alert, and nowhere is this more important than in our homes.  It is light for feeling that can fill us with delight when... Continue Reading →

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