Better lighting in 3 steps

Q: How can I fix the lighting in my room?
A: Great question! Here are three steps you can take to dramatically improve your lighting.

Step 1. Install Dimmers! 

Step 2. Layer!

Effective lighting is layered lighting. A well-lit living space will always have a mix of different types of lights, addressing different functions within the room.

Step 3. Update your bulbs to LEDs

A few years ago, when LED’s first came out, they were really yucky- cold, harsh, and rudely unflattering. But times have changed! 

Cree makes really good dimmable ones, high quality and no flickering.

My favorite bulbs are Philips Hue, with their high level of control and color options. Hue bulbs can be added into any light fixture, plus Philips also has Hue devices, like LED strips, uplights, and outdoor spots. Where Lutron Caseta can work with or without a Hub, and use any bulbs, Philips Hue works only with Hue LED bulbs and a Hue Hub. Both integrate with your smart home devices.

stuff to know when buying LED bulbs.

  • Lumens = Brightness, which means light output. Go for max lumens and adjust to your liking with dimmer.

  • Kelvins = Temperature. 2700 - 3200 is the sweet spot for soft, white light. Once you go over 4000 kelvin, the color moves into chilly horror status.

  • Wattage = LEDs are low. They will never exceed the incandescent numbers from yore. What if the LED bulb you bought says 100W equivalent and your light fixture is rated for a 60W bulb. No problem! The light output may end up being brighter than before, but you now you have it on a dimmer, so we’re good!

Cree 75W equivalent, Bright White, dimmable

Philips Hue for 5”-6” recessed cans


Cree 60W equivalent, Bright White

Philips Hue Hub Starter Kit


Philips Hue Bloom-

perfect behind a plant!

Philips Hue Outdoor Smart Spots

Kauai 2019

Kauai, day 1-3

stayed in Princeville/hanalei. delicious food in hanalei town. we loved the food trucks, akamai juice company (try the magic dragon), and bar acuda. cute t-shirts and bikini shops are everywhere. got some cute pants at barn 808.

we did the kipu ranch ATV adventure- the 4x4 jungle waterfall tour. we had a really fun time. this is me on the ‘raiders of the lost ark’ rope swing. if we were to go again, i’d chose the waterfall picnic tour, which is 3 hours (not 4). the key to riding in an atv as a passenger, is planting your feet flat and solid in front of you, so you can brace the bumps and swerves with your legs and abs. (this also works in a race car ;)

Kauai, day 4-7

i could feel the sinus pressure on day 4, sunday. getting a sinus infection on your vacation is a bummer. but (luckily?), it didn’t get really bad till we got home. anyway, we still got outside and saw beauty, breathed fresh air, swam, soaked up the sun, and walked in a sacred forest.

kauai is kinda like heaven. except for the demon roosters.