Lighting Designer

Information for and about residential lighting designers.

A kitchen with a matte finish countertop with LED lighting above it
A matte finish countertop diffuses the linear task lighting that’s mounted below the upper cabinets. High-CRI LEDs enrich the colors of the food.

How Does Lighting Design Affect Finish Selections?

TIP 1: True blue light The mistake that architects, interior designers and homeowners often make is that they don’t consider how finishes will be altered under artificial light sources at night. It’…
Follow the numbers below to see Nathan Orsman's design process.
Follow the numbers below to see Nathan Orsman's design process.

Last Look with Nathan Orsman

Lighting designer Nathan Orsman has a unique talent for bringing intrigue to unproactive spaces. Here, the Australian-born designer walks us through his process of lighting this stately outdoor pool …
The key to a good blog is good topics. (Photo: NOGRAN s.r.o.)
The key to a good blog is good topics. (Photo: NOGRAN s.r.o.)

3 Tips for Blog Topic Brainstorming

It's finally time. You have your computer opened, and the cursor blinks up at you from the blank word document. Now all you need to do is write your blog, but the minute you raise your fingers to…

IFDA Scholarship Competition Open

The Educational Foundation of IFDA, the International Furnishings and Design Assn., has announced that a total of $12,500 in scholarship funding will be awarded this year to seven selected attendees…
Vermont Modern's style drastically differs from the Hubbardton Forge aesthetic.
Vermont Modern's style drastically differs from the Hubbardton Forge aesthetic.

Designer Q&A: Vermont Modern

Last January, the Hubbardton Forge showroom toasted the launch of its new brand, Vermont Modern, at Lightovation. The new line brought color and sharp designs to the showroom with unique fixtures…
Room with recessed lighting and bright artwork on the walls
Existing recessed fixtures can be retrimmed to make them adjustable, then just replace the existing bulbs with LED versions.

How Can I Update My Lighting Without Replacing Everything?

TIP 1: The old switcheroo The quick and easy thing to do is to replace the existing incandescent or CFL bulbs with LEDs. Most bulbs these days have an LED equivalent. There are now shelves and…
Dallas Market Center
Dallas Market Center

Light + Design on Ten Shines at Dallas Market Center

This year, Dallas Market Center opened the new Light + Design on Ten gallery. With 20,000 square feet of space, this stylish gallery shows off the latest in decorative residential lighting from the…

In an Open Layout, How Can You Light a Kitchen Effectively?

TIP 1: Go with the flow It used to be that kitchens were separated from the rest of the house by doors or a pass-through to the dining room. Because the kitchen was set apart, lighting didn’t…

How High to Hang a Dining Room Chandelier

Q: What is the correct mounting height for a fixture over a dining room table? A: First off, I’ll provide a guideline: The bottom of the fixture should be 32 to 36 inches above the tabletop. Now…

LED Performance in Cold Temperatures

Q: I have a question about the ambient air temperature sensitivity of LED under-cabinet lighting. I recently installed a countertop and sink under an existing overhead cabinet in my garage. The…