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 →

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 →

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 →

Lightseeing 2

We take light for granted: we assume it will be bright enough to see whenever we want it so, even in the middle of the night.  We assume entrances will be lit, lobbies will be illuminated, restaurants will glow.  Sometimes, despite being taken for granted, we notice something that catches our eye.  I call this... 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 →

Red Light, Green Light

A few years ago I heard a simple phrase from a leading lighting researcher: "Light is a drug." Like most drugs, light causes chemical reactions in our brain and body.  Moods change, biorhythms change, migraines disappear. Wait, migraines? Dr. Mohab Ibrahim, director of the chronic pain clinic at a hospital in Tucson, Arizona, has an... Continue Reading →

Review: CSL

We stumbled upon CSL a year or so ago and were immediately in love with the Gyroshift recessed multiples.  They are the cleanest fixture of this type I have ever seen and come in a staggering array of options.  I just finished a cruise ship project with a number of these and, well, I'm still... Continue Reading →

Review: Coastal Source

There is landscape lighting...and then there is Coastal Source.  They were new to us this year, but what makes them different makes them great.  Check out review on youtube below.  And please forgive the quality of our performances.  We're not real actors, we just play them on tv. https://youtu.be/dLGsBuL7T-E

2020 Light Bulb Buying Guide

I know, I know.  This has got to be a joke, right?  Just in time for the holiday season, I'm issuing my second light bulb buying guide. Yep, light bulbs. This started last year when I tried to buy a light bulb and went down the proverbial rabbit-hole.  18 bulbs later I had a spreadsheet... Continue Reading →

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