Review: American

American Lighting offers a wide variety of products from recessed downlights to holiday string lights, but we're focused on their linear LED systems, commonly known as tape light.  Check out our short review of their product on Youtube, and also check out the kitchen project we did with their product. A big thank you goes... Continue Reading →

Electric Cars and LEDs

Here's the scenario: you finally decide to trade in your car for new one, and make the decision to go electric. You're thinking you'll get a Tesla: high tech, fast, beautiful and long range.  But without knowing it, you bought a golf cart.  It's electric, like a Tesla.  What's the difference? "We're getting LEDs." When... 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 →

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 →

Houzz, Bulbs, & Photos

My latest story from Houzz.com shares the same information from my light bulb buying guide but in National Geographic Style (lots of pretty pictures).  I think that helps the medicine go down a bit better! Read my version of the story here.  

2019 5-Step Lightbulb Buying Guide

Yes, it is another post on lightbulbs.  If you want someone else to make the decision for you, go out any buy Philips Soft White Dimmable LED with warm glow effect.  If you want to brave the lightbulb aisle on your own, read on. I am going to conveniently avoid the obvious question a post like this... Continue Reading →

Boycott Buying Bulbs Part 1*

*Some exclusions apply, like if you want light after sunset. UPDATE: I'm not giving up!  Stay tuned for Part 2. If you found yourself befuddled trying to buy a light bulb lately, as I often have, this post is for you.  It is also for the architects I was swapping "light bulb aisle war stories"... Continue Reading →

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