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 →

5 Tips for 1 Chandelier

I am delighted that Houzz.com continues to publish my stories in their news feed and newsletters.  This week I pulled together information from several of my languageoflight.blog posts and a handful of images from the vast photo library on Houzz to simplify chandelier/dining room pendant purchasing.  I made use of common wisdom and a few... Continue Reading →

Chandeliers and Umbrellas

"Sacrifice for beauty," someone once said.  Not in my house. Lighting is not immune to questionable fashion trends, and we're in the middle of one right now that makes many dining experiences less enjoyable.  "Transitional" design has given birth to the open-structure chandelier, the philosophical equivalent of an umbrella without its fabric cover. You and... Continue Reading →

Buying Guide: Dining Room Chandeliers

Let's take a quick break from the philosophical and answer a very basic question: How do you choose light fixtures?  The answer is different from room to room and from person to person, but here are a few tips to guide the process for your dining room. Step 1: Choose a Size Most online chandelier-sizing... 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.

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 →

Light for Knowing: A Dining Room

Most dining areas, whether small traditional rooms or large contemporary spaces, have one thing in common: a table.  It is easy, therefore, to begin lighting the dining room with light above the table that provides light for doing,but stopping there would leave the room unfinished.   If we do not address light for knowing, the dining... Continue Reading →

Practical Advice: Choosing Downlight Trims

Recently a reader posed a tough question following one of my articles on Houzz.com: "I am often stumped by the variety of sizes and baffle colors of recessed lights.  Any info regarding how to choose?" Hmm.  I had to think about that one, as I often make choices subconsciously from my own experience and preferences.... Continue Reading →

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