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 →

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 & 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 →

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 →

Kitchen Counter Lighting

The Right Light for Kitchen Counters (Click here to read the companion story on Houzz.com) After the paint is dry and the counters are set in place, the kitchen becomes the most difficult place in the house to change.  Getting lighting on the countertops has to be done right the first time, and here are... Continue Reading →

Developing a Kitchen Lighting Plan

Another one just came across my desk: a kitchen where the plans call for lighting placed precisely in the wrong place.  Chopping with large knives and dealing with hot pans is no place for poor lighting and obscuring shadows, and this is just one reason kitchens have the most at stake when it comes to... Continue Reading →

Update/Downlights

I am working on an article for Houzz.com on how to choose the right downlight trim, and it is turning out to be quite a challenge.  The article is inspired by my earlier post here, but I wanted to simplify the ideas and provide something a little more helpful. The problem is that choosing a... Continue Reading →

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