Episode 68 - Less Is More

You’d think a landscape lighting designer wouldn’t really be concerned with sky glow. “Just light up the landscape and the sky be damned!” But you would be wrong if you thought that about Kathryn. Her number one concern when designing is to not add to light pollution. She strongly advises clients to turn off their lights by 10 pm, and even earlier if you aren’t around to enjoy them. She’s a big advocate for controls too, which, as we at Restoring Darkness have been saying, makes sense for outdoor lighting. And Kathryn knows what she’s talking about: She has led workshops and taught classes at numerous locations including universities, and she is an active Mentor Team member of the International Landscape Lighting Institute Intensive Course, and serves on the ILLI Board of Directors and ILLI Programming Committee. Kathryn Toth is an award-winning architectural lighting designer who strives to create artistic lighting solutions. Her projects include exterior, landscape, retail, commercial, and residential projects around the globe. Working to create the visual atmosphere and enhance the space is her specialty. Kathryn is an active and instrumental member of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Recommended Practice for Landscape Lighting and the IES Outdoor Nighttime Environments (ONE) committees, a member of the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA), and a board member of the International Landscape Lighting Institute (ILLI).

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