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I have been teaching people how to use lighting for over 25 years. if you’re a design professional, electrician or in the retail industry, I can help.

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Adding Lighting to a Home

It seems fairly simple. Put a light in the middle of the room and you’re done. While that may have worked in the past, customer expectations have matured. Using lighting as an aesthetic element, designers are also striving for something different. This course is an introductory approach to developing the lighting needs for each room of the house.

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Light Layering: Three Steps to Great Lighting

While good lighting might appear to be complicated, creating intriguing light can be as simple as 1-2-3. By understanding this trio, the concept can be employed in any room or setting. This presentation will explain the three steps and show how they can be implemented in any residence. The different luminaires used and the various lamping options for each layer will be discussed.  Lighting ideas will be shared and real-world successes and failures will be exposed. Finally, suggestions on how the designer can best work with clients relative to lighting will be presented..

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Let’s Talk About the Color of Light!

With the emergence of new lighting technologies and the expected dominance of LED in the next decade, the color of light has and will continue to become increasingly important. To appropriately use and specify light in this new era, it is crucial that an understanding of the color of light becomes as familiar as all other elements of good design.

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Ceiling Fans 101

Residential ceiling fans are often perceived to be a necessary evil. We understand they are functionally helpful, but they can be confusing and complicated. In addition, we wonder if they really do what they promise. Finally, with all of the Federal Government regulations, it is becoming more difficult to really understand what you are specifying and buying. This session is offered as an introductory explanation of residential ceiling fans.

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How to Get the Most Out of LED

LED lighting is no longer new. Now we need to learn how to best use and employ this exciting technology. This session will review LED Lighting as it stands TODAY and share how we can take advantage of its qualities and work around its perceived deficiencies. FCC and warranties related to LED will also be discussed.

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The Connected Home

The Connected Home is inevitable. It will be created through the interconnection of many residential electronic components. Up to this point, we have only been exploring the edges of this technology, but every day, more items are added and the complexity grows. Design professionals will need to come to terms with this trend and find a way in which they can advise and direct clients on the topic. This session is designed to provide a friendly, entry-level introduction to a rather complex new topic.

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Light, Lighting & Health

Since the beginning of time, humans have lived with the day/night cycle of the earth’s rotation, which also happens to balances perfectly with the needs of the body’s Circadian Rhythm. With the creation of fluorescent light and more recently solid state (LED), artificial light has now added unnatural color to evening light, thus causing disruption to the body’s physiological cycle, along with unexpected medical results. In this class, we’ll discuss:

  • Natural Light – The direction, intensity and color of natural light has always served the needs of humans, plants and animals.
  • Artificial Light – From fire to LED, humans have used some sort of artificial light source. Why now has light become an issue of concern?
  • Health – With an understanding of the eye and the Circadian Rhythm we will then look at a number of health issues and possible health concerns that have been impacted by the inappropriate use of light and how correct lighting can improve a person’s overall health and wellbeing.

With new technology, more needs to be considered in the planning stages of good lighting solutions.

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Architectural Detail Lighting

We need functional lighting to perform a task and illuminate a space. The type of lighting that delivers the most visual impact is however, non-functional accent or decorative lighting. This architectural detail lighting can enliven a space and set a room apart from the others. Accent lighting can draw attention to the nuances of the room, give it greater perceptible size and make it the envy of all who see it. Architectural detail lighting is small, but its impact packs a visual punch.

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Lighting for Seniors

Baby Boomers are retiring at a rate of 10,000 per day. Buying a new home or remodeling an existing home to make ready for senior living will be a reality for a huge portion of the population. That work will likely carry over through the next twenty years. A key element of creating a comfortable and livable environment will be lighting. As we age, one of the many physiological changes humans undergo is vision. Because of this change, the light in an age-in-place home must be altered. This session will explain the issue and recommend solutions.

“We are 90% unaware of lighting, but 100% affected by it.”