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October 14 at #KBtribechat – Lighting

A design discussion!

Sponsored and Hosted by Rev-A-Shelf

Our KBtribechat Questions:

Q1. If you aren’t specifying lighting, why? (I.e. Too technical, cost, design limitations)

Q2. What drives you to select the lighting of a room? Do you only consider your design, or are you now considering the importance of light as it relates to health (Circadian Rhythm, Biophilia) as we spend more time indoors due to quarantine?

Q3. Goodbye commercial fluorescents, hello home office lighting options. As we continue to work from home, how have you seen home offices and workstations shift from temporary to a more efficient, permanent setup? 

Q4. Living through Lighting – What considerations are you making for Living In Place and wellness lighting needs?

Q5. Enlighten us: Share any new lighting trends or/and design applications from recent/past projects or current inspiration.

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at 2pm ET on Wednesday, 10/14

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August 29 at #KBtribechat – Lighting Trends

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by Rev-A-Shelf

Light bulb with brain inside the hands of the businessman.

Household technology is undergoing a transformation that’s changing the way we think about our daily routines. More specifically, we want to talk about the impact lighting has on our home and even health.

Today’s progressive lighting schemes aren’t about lights that go on and off; they’re about being partners in enhancing our lifestyle.


Our KBtribechat Questions:

1.)  There has been an increase in studies linking lighting and health. Have you seen an increase in demand for human-centric lighting? This is lighting that can benefit the biological, emotional, health or well-being of people.

2.)  What type of smart lighting technology (Bluetooth Smart, Z-Wave, ZigBee) are your customers asking for and how comfortable are you in explaining their various options?

3.) The retro look keeps nudging its way into lighting design. What have you been seeing lately? Share pictures!

4.) Integrated LED lighting in, above and below cabinets and drawers is one of the hottest kitchen trends. Are you seeing new or innovative places homeowners are installing lighting?

5.) Bigger is better. Homeowners are falling in love with bigger fixtures to create a “WOW” factor over an island, dining table, etc. Are you adding these to your designs?

6.) With the demand for LED growing, how many of you are comfortable with and actively specify cabinet lighting vs. leaving it to the electrician?

7.) What areas in kitchen and bath do you feel there is a lack of lighting options?

8.) Are you loving the trend of backlighting countertops? Tell us what you think, and share pictures of some of your favorites!


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Bringing Kitchen + Bath Lighting Into 2017

A design discussion!

Sponsored and Hosted by Wilson Lighting.


From style to technology, the lighting industry is moving and changing at an increasingly rapid pace. Keeping up with all these trends and products can seem daunting, but a little digging will have you excited about all the options that can make your home more beautiful, comfortable, and connected. At Wilson Lighting, we believe in having not only the latest styles and technology, but a great staff with outstanding service that can help you bring to life the vision you see for your home. So let’s open a conversation about lighting and discover all the ways to make your kitchen and bathrooms shine!


Our KBtribechat discussion Questions:

Q1: What style trends are you seeing for kitchen and bath lighting?

Q2: What lighting tech are your clients using in their projects?

Q3: How can lighting improve the design and function of your kitchen or bathroom?

Q4: LED. Love it or hate it and why?

Q5: Share pictures of your favorite kitchen and bathroom lighting ideas!

Join this Twitter Chat conversation

on Wednesday, September 20

from 2 to 3 pm eastern

by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets!

Here’s the transcript for this KBtribechat.


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K+B Design with LED

Hosted by lighting designer James Bedell 

Host James Bedell

Host James Bedell

For many of us the language of light has centered around concepts like wattage. Your contractor would ask you what bulb you wanted to put in your recessed high hats and you’d say “75 watt” because you knew from years of designing kitchens that six 75 watt PAR30 bulbs would leave your kitchen nice and bright.

LED is changing all of that. We don’t talk in terms of lumens anymore. Now terms like Lumens and foot-candles have become important to getting an understanding for light levels. We never used to have to consider the color temperature of the source but LED opens up a range of possibilities for the tone of white light a fixture creates. We never used to think about what our color choices would look like under different light sources, but with LED it’s essential to consider for your design to take on the life you need.

To that end, this KBTribechat is going to be all about LED. How to understand it, how to specify it and what to look for when reviewing samples. We might use some technical terms, but don’t get scared off, we’ll be talking in plain english, answering your LED questions.

Here are Jame’s KBtribechat questions:

Q1: Have you successfully specified LED on any recent projects?
Q2: What are your biggest challenges when specifying LED?
Q3: What’s the difference between Lumens and Foot-Candles?
Q4: What color temperatures are you specifying?
Q5: How do you review samples of different LED fixtures?

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on Wednesday, March 4th

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets.

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Putting Projects in the Right Light

Lighting technology is changing more rapidly today than at any time in history, presenting new options for lighting kitchens and baths. But with change comes confusion about making appropriate selections, educating clients and determining the best solutions available as a project comes together.

Laura Van Zeyl will be leading our kbtribechat discussion on Lighting.

Wednesday, September 11th

at #kbtribechat on Twitter

from 2 to 3pm eastern time.

Host Laura Van Zeyl

Host Laura Van Zeyl

Laura Van Zeyl is the Publisher and Editorial Director of Residential Lighting (@reslightingmag) and Home Fashion Forecast (@TotalHomeView) magazines and has been covering the lighting industry for more than 20 years. She is a member of the Alliance for Audited Media, American Lighting Association, ART – The Creative Home Furnishings Network, Sustainable Furnishings Council and an Affiliate member of the International Association of Lighting Designers. She has served as a judge in the prestigious Lighting for Tomorrow competition recognizing energy-efficient lighting products. In addition to an active Twitter presence, her publications connect with readers via Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn and Google+.


Here is the transcript for this kbtribechat


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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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