Beautiful Light: An Insider’s Guide to LED Lighting for Homes and Gardens, written by lighting designer Randall Whitehead and industry educator Clifton Stanley Lemon, has been published by Routledge Taylor & Francis. This book connects LED lighting technology with the tents of good residential lighting design.

Beautiful Light is a combination of idea book, design resource, and introduction to residential lighting design. It explores the transition in residential lighting from incandescent light sources to LEDs, provides grounding in the fundamental qualities of light, and shows how LEDs can be applied in residential lighting by following enduring lighting design principles. It explains how LEDs differ from older light sources, with graphics that show how to design with light layers, illuminate people, and balance daylight and electric light. Every room of the house, as well as exterior and garden spaces, is addressed in 33 case studies of residential lighting with LEDs, showing a wide variety of lighting projects in different styles.

“Since LEDs are still relatively new to many homeowners and designers, we wanted to write a book showing how they have been used to make really beautiful lighting designs,” said Whitehead. “We also feel that rather than looking back nostalgically at the old incandescent lighting, we should embrace the newer high quality LEDs that are now widely available on the market, as they’re better in every way. We show that excellent lighting design now has even more possibilities with this wonderful technology.”

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