Lighting Designer

Information for and about residential lighting designers.

Accent Lighting Around a Fireplace

Q: I have a fireplace that is about 72 inches wide on a wall that is 16 feet tall on one end and 14 feet tall on the other end. What would you suggest for accent lighting of the fireplace? The room…
how to position bathroom mirrors with sconces and pendants
Clean and sophisticated, Golden Lighting’s Juliette LED bath bars offer even illumination when placed on either side of a mirror.

Positioning Lighting Around a Bathroom Mirror

Q: You say how high to hang bathroom vanity fixtures, but I need to know how far away from the mirror they should be. A: You have some flexibility with the distance off the mirror. It is the…

Proper Spacing of LED Recessed Lights

Q: When using 4-inch LED recessed lights, what spacing between fixtures would you recommend with an 8-foot ceiling height? A: What is the room that you are lighting being used for? How is the…
Media room decor that includes Mid-Century Modern furniture and lighting from Eurofase
Nowadays, media rooms have more to consider, but the lighting techniques haven't changed too much. (Photo: Eurofase)

How to Light a Media Room

These days, it seems everybody’s got a high-def, flat-screen TV, a PlayStation, an Xbox and a pile of games — and a media room to enjoy them in. Lighting is especially important, and tricky, in…

Color Temperature vs. Color Rendering Index

Q: Just as I understand the concept of color temperature (Kelvin), now CRI is being bandied about as LEDs come into the market. What is it exactly? A: I am right there with you. From the beginning…

Best Color Temperature for Ambient Lighting

Q: How important is color temperature in ambient lighting? Should this be a concern if you are using fluorescents or LEDs for your ambient lighting? A: Frankly, I think color temperature is…
Concrete ceiling lighting ideas for a work space with concrete ceilings and hanging pendants
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How to Deal With Concrete Ceilings

Q: We have moved into a fantastic high-rise condominium, but we have a problem: The ceilings are concrete and we just have one junction box in the main room. How do we do anything beyond track? A:…
Bedroom with furniture from Hooker Furniture
In the bedroom, color temperature makes all the difference. Photo: Hooker Furniture

The Right Lighting Color Temperature

It's tough getting the right color temperature for a space, but luckily, the Lighting Doctor, Randall Whitehead, is here to help! See how Whitehead's advice helped this reader better understand the…

Color Temperature for CFLs, LEDs

Q: Color temperatures are very important as we transition from incandescent bulbs to CFLs/LEDs. I am finding more problems with CFL and LED light sources than what is being portrayed. True color…

Avoiding Reflection From Undercabinet Lighting

Q: What is the best way to avoid glare on a granite counter when using under-cabinet lighting? A: While highly polished granite counter tops are still popular, what we are seeing in the design…