1THING: Plug-In Kitchens

I am a dreamer. I dream solutions, I dream new ways to share the gift of light, I dream new ways to use light. I also dream about running the Boston Marathon. Some dreams are more realistic than others. On the flip side of the dreamer is the doer. I like getting checkmarks on my... Continue Reading →

THINK LIGHT: The Incredible Iris

A key component of human sight is the flexible iris that opens and closes the pupil, constantly adjusting the amount of light that enters the eye. I am an unabashed lighting geek. I love learning about the science, technology, art, and technique of lighting design, I dig into light and health, and I always, always... Continue Reading →

1THING: New Build Kitchens

Center downlights on kitchen cabinet doors for better illumination inside the cabinets - and a better look. IF YOU CAN ONLY DO ONE THING TO IMPROVE THE LIGHTING IN YOUR NEW KITCHEN...put the recessed downlights in the right place. Getting great lighting in a home can be a little intimidating and overwhelming. Homeowners will often... Continue Reading →

Showdown: Mouth vs Eyes

Would you be concerned if you had to eat McDonald's hamburgers for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the rest of your life? Did you know you are probably doing the equivalent with your light? Without food, we die. We need food, regularly and sufficiently, to survive. Many of us now have the privilege of moving... Continue Reading →

Fine Homebuilding Kitchen

Imagine the future: light helps you keep your balance as you age, cuts down on point sources that cause glare, minimizes sleep disturbances, and helps you see what you are doing better than ever. Wouldn't it be nice?  Pushing these boundaries requires experiments like our recent lighting makeover at my parents' farmhouse in Illinois.  The... Continue Reading →

Lightovation 2020

January is a good time to fly south and check out Lightovation at the Dallas Market Center.  The annual event for buyers is focused primarily on showrooms and distributors but integrators are beginning to show up- especially those that also do decorative lighting. I was at Lightovation to share my passion for linear lighting with... Continue Reading →

The Kitchen of the Future

Check out this short video of our two-day process to re-light a fifteen-year old project with updated technology and science. What has changed in the last fifteen years?  Everything. Just remember, I'm a lighting designer, not a movie star (this will be obvious).

Another Houzz Listicle

24 months ago I did not know the meaning of "listicle," but now I write them.  A list + article becomes a listicle, or short story with distinct bullet points.  I added the requisite beautiful photos and reshaped this post to become the latest Houzz story.  Enjoy!

Oops, I did it again.

Fifteen years ago I did a budget-friendly lighting design for my mother's total kitchen remodel as shown in the photograph above.  I delivered 50 foot-candles to the horizontal task plane, as I'd been taught to do.  I had multiple downlights over the sink and placed the downlights directly over the counter.  I didn't like the... 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 →

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