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on 8 June 2006
I knew this was the book I was looking for when, in the foreword, Kevin admits that he "had long since suspected that low-voltage (halogen) downlighters were not the universal panacea to lighting problems" and thinks "their glare and sharp shadows (are) highly inappropriate to most domestic situations"

The book then works through five different types of lighting - Ambient, Accent, Task, Decorative, and Kinetic and explains how to use them together to achieve a particular mood or theme for the kitchen, bedroom, garden etc. The homes featured come from a reasonably broad base of styles, and the technical section is helpful.

As a newly-qualified electrician, this book has been beneficial in being able to help customers choose lighting which is appropriate to them and their homes. It's probably available from your local library so you may be able to compare other titles there.
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on 4 October 2015
Books on lighting are always enlightening, (oops, sorry) and forever I'm drawn to buying them. I've just finished a retro on a 1925 Art Deco house and am now coordinating the room lighting with furnishings.
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on 13 July 2015
Although written pre-LED, this provided a huge amount of the essential basics for a serious interest in lighting. As a style or fashion guide , not to my taste, but overall well worth the £2-80 for a promptly delivered used hardback.
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on 2 April 2013
from 'before he was famous'.... A very comprehensive explanation of the essential principles of lighting - can make a tremendous difference to the ambience of any room layout. Recommended.
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on 8 April 2009
A very disappointing book. Being a fan of the Grand Designs series and planning a self build of my own a friend bought me the Grand Designs hand book. Fearing a poor cash in to the TV series I was surprised to find the book highly informative and McClouds writing style witty and engaging. Unfortunately this book has none of those qualities. Its dull, horribly outdated and contains little useful information which is surprising considering McClouds background as a lighting designer.

I would recommend Residential Lighting by Randall Whitehead instead.
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on 17 April 2016
As i expected
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