Comments: The best book on lighting I went to a bookstore and spent four hours reading through six different books on lighting design for the home. This is the best book by far, very informative text along with numerous photographs.
Rated By: A reader
Comments: Excellent Introduction to lighting On top of helpful tips and information about different types of lighting and lamps, the books lean heavily on lighting for more modern interiors. It does talk about universal applications in period styles, but I feel the author's interest is more on the modern side. Most of the photos and examples are taken from modern interiors. If you like contemporary and modern flavor, this is a book to miss! Definitely a keeper!
Rated By: "secrethalo"
From: Springfield, VA
Comments: What else can I say What they said! This book is very,very,good. Not only do you get excellent information on lighting, but wonderful ideas on contempory decorating. Two for the price of one, it doesn't get any better than that.
Rated By: Scott Knudsen
Comments: Needs Work This book lightly touches on all aspects of lighting, some more heavily than other. But it definitely needs work in some sections. Also there is no mention of LCD, Natural Gas or Pipe Lighting, which should be addressed in any newer versions. The web links should also be checked and updated accordingly. Borrow it from the library first before you decide to buy it.
Rated By: K2Creative
From: San Diego, CA
Comments: An Introduction Rather Than A Source It is a beautiful book, but I was disappointed that there wasn't more on actual lighting theory.
Rated By: George N. Lawrence
From: Woodland, WA
Comments: I sent this book back First book I ever returned to Amazon because it was of unacceptable quality. The book should be titled "Pictures of pretty lighting fixtures" as the photographs are quite well done, but I found no useful information on the design of lighting. There is nothing on the subject of how to illuminate a room. Indeed you will see some examples of incredibly underlit rooms. They look good in the pictures because the photographer, Ray Main, has added what looks like a couple of thousand watts of bounce flash. You will see some kitchens where the people will need flashlights to cook their food. I did not see any room that looked adequately lit by the actual fixtures.
The discussion of fluorsecent lights is very disappointing. In the age of energy conservations the fact that fluorescent lights emit about 5 times more lumens per watt than incandescent lights makes them definitely worth considering. I had hoped to see some artistic ideas for using these interesting but awkward light sources, but there was very little and what there was was disappointing.
Kudos to Ray Main for beautiful photographs. Look somewhere else if you want "A Design Source Book".