We are excited to announce that lighting designer James Bedell is hosting  the next kbtribechat.  His topic is…lighting! Join us on twitter next Wednesday (September 12, 2012) from 2 to 3 pm eastern time to take part in this inspirational design discussion.










Our discussion questions:

1. When lighting the kitchen what”s your #1 priority?
2. How do you attack lighting specialty areas, like the shower/bath?
3. How extensively have you embraced LED?
4. How do you approach lighting specification? How do you ensure the fixture you     wanted is the one that ends up on site?
5. What are clients asking for when it comes to light in their kitchens and baths?

James Bedell

is a lighting designer based in New York City. Over the last 10 years he has designed lighting for a wide variety of clients. His work combines a passion for creating immersive and evocative environments, love for collaboration, and a deep commitment to sustainability.




Owner, JPB Lighting – In 2011, Bedell launched JPB Lighting and independent Lighting Design Firm for special events, architectural projects and live entertainment. Since launch JPB has designed lighting for:Google White House Correspondents Dinner Event (2012), Jersey Couture Pop-Up Beauty Bar (2012)Joseph Abboud NYC Showroom (2011-2012) Wired Pop-Up Store in Times Square (2011) Christie’s Auction House (2011) and The Queen’s Museum of Art Panorama (Ongoing).

Lighting Designer, Abercrombie and Fitch – Reporting to the Director of Lighting Design, Lumen Award winner Andrew M. Thompson. Bedell was part of small team responsible for maintaining and enhancing the visual aesthetic of A&F brands through lighting design,  both internationally and domestically. This includes domestic Abercrombie and Fitch, Hollister, and Gilly Hicks chain stores, domestic and international Abercrombie and Fitch Flagship stores, and domestic Hollister Flagship stores. Responsibilities include, fixture/lamp specification, fixture layouts, chain store layout reviews and standards documentation and implementation impacting domestic and international stores. Other responsibilities include on site lighting focus, punch listing contractor work, and store associate training.

Founder / CEO, Build2Sustain – Founded with Michael Ruby, Build2Sustain, a consultancy dedicated to building the business case for sustainable design in commercial real estate. As CEO, Bedell recruited an advisory board of top industry professionals, curated a well-respected and well trafficked blog and podcast, and oversaw the publishing of a respected white paper. The concept and efforts of Build2Sustain earned it a spot at the New Ventures exchange for the 2009 Sustainable Brands Conference.

Lighting Designer and Project Manager, Tirschwell and Co. – Architectural Lighting Designer and Project Manager for Lumen Award winning architectural lighting firm. Clients included high-end residences, corporate headquarters, retails spaces, and mixed use buildings. Services included design development layout and specification for  lighting to final on-site punch-list, focus and touch up.

Lighting Coordinator, Pace University – Clients included Bravo’s Inside the Actor’s StudioThe Beijing People’s Theatre, National Actor’s Theatre, NBC, MSNBC, CSPAN, NY Fringe and NY1 News.  Responsibilities included coordinating lighting/electrics and production needs for all clients using the 700+ seat venue. Reported to technical director to manage labor and equipment needs across a fluid calendar for regional and national clients including: professional dance and theatrical companies, community theater troupes, in-house academic programs, and elite television productions.

Freelance Lighting Designer – Theatrical and Entertainment lighting designer working off and off-off broadway. Credits include Diet Coke Pop-up Stores in NYC and Boston (2010). ShakespeareNYC, The Looking Glass Theatre, The Brick Theater, Origin Theatre Company, The Crown Point Festival the Fall Collection and many others. In 2005, Bedell was nominated for two SpotLight On awards for best lighting design including winning the award for his design of the Tempest for the Looking Glass Theater.


In 2011, Bedell wrote and self-published Losing Edison: Beautiful Sustainable Lighting at Home  a guide to creating lighting at home that is both beautiful and ecologically friendly. Bedell has been profiled in Residential Lighting Magazine as well as Apartment Therapy. He’s also written articles fro Live Design Magazine and PLSN.

Speaker for the Broadway Green Alliance conference on Green Lighting in Theater.

Speaker at the 2009 USGBC Conference in Arkansas on the topic of sustainable lighting in commercial environments.

Here’s the transcript to James’ 9/12/12 #kbtribechat on lighting.

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