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 →

LEDs are Better than Ever

I make the claim that LEDs have come a long way in my latest Houzz article, but the short nature of the piece did not allow for much scientific backup.  The comment thread exposes some of the misinformation that is widely accepted by the public. An early comment mentions that LEDs are harmful to your... Continue Reading →

I went lightseeing

I enjoy sightseeing. My family and I have been privileged to see many wonderful natural and cultural sights in the United States from New York City's Grand Central Station to Yosemite's Half Dome. Today I am by myself on a rare international business trip to Spain, and the miracle of modern air travel granted me... Continue Reading →

The Politics of Light 2

I [dis]agree with President Trump. This is a lighting blog, not a political blog, correct?  Yes.  Unfortunately, light- like so many aspects of our lives- is being politicized for electoral advantage. Recently President Trump's administration repealed rules that would continue to require energy-efficient replacements for yesterday's incandescent lamps.  In live speeches, Trump spoke strongly against... Continue Reading →

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