1THING: New Build Media Rooms

With just two months left in my 2022 blogging plan, I'm already growing nostalgic about my 1THING posts. The artificial constraints of narrowing all lighting down to just a single solution for new builds or plug-in retrofits for a handful of common spaces gave me focus and structure for the year, and the sketching exercises... Continue Reading →

THINK LIGHT: the case for color

I am continually amazed at the lack of color in our lighting, at home and at work. We wear colored clothing, drive colored cars, paint our homes and cabinets in color, and hang colored photos and art on our walls. We choose colored carpets and colored ceramic tile, we buy colored backpacks and purses, some... Continue Reading →

1THING: New Build Home Office

Ouch. This post, more than others, paints me as a rather entitled and spoiled person. I'll work on that, but for now let's just assume the best- that the lessons I learned can help others live better lives. That is what lighting design - and this blog - is all about. A few years ago... Continue Reading →

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 →

Gear Talk: Warm Dim

What is the best color temperature for electric light? My answer is "all of them." In this Gear Talk post I share photographs from a single business trip to Dallas, Texas. Call it a Lightseeing post...and I saw warm-dim everywhere. I think warm-dim should be a minimum standard, not an add-on. To explain, I’m going... Continue Reading →

The Future of Control?

Earlier in my career I saw theater and architecture as two separate worlds.  In one world I got to use cool control systems, color-changing lights, and mood-setting scenes.  In the other world I got to use brilliant spotlights and broad wash lights.  At some point I realized I was borrowing tools and techniques from theater... Continue Reading →

Lightseeing Blues

This series of posts may lead you to believe that I am always looking at lighting and that would be a false impression.  I also look at billboards for injury attorneys, the back of the airplane seat in front of me, the speedometer, the GPS.  I usually do not set out intentionally to look at... Continue Reading →

Time to Glow

It all started with a sketch.  I wanted to add glow to a table that would be easy for clients to use every night, like candles but without the dripping and smoking and constant replacing.  It is easy to sketch, but something altogether different to make happen in reality. Then we moved into our current... Continue Reading →

Human Centric Lighting…or Profit Centric Lighting?

Human Centric Lighting (HCL) is a nebulous term quickly replacing Circadian Lighting as the go-to language for describing lighting strategies intended to improve our lives. The more expansive idea behind HCL is that it includes circadian rhythm science but also accounts for moment-to-moment human wellness, comfort, and needs. Human Centric Lighting sounds awesome, doesn’t it? Recently... Continue Reading →

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