Light Me The Way Home

Residential Lighting Design

Deborah Gottesman, Gottesman Associates

Location: Gramercy

March 19, 2024
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EST

Credits 1 LU | Elective


The most beautifully designed homes need good light to be able to fully appreciate them. What makes residential lighting “good”? It is much more than selecting a pretty fixture; we have all experienced washroom lighting that shadow our faces, and kitchens with poor or no task lighting. How do we ensure good visibility for all tasks and create beautiful spaces? Good lighting design starts with visual programming of each space, and then incorporates the individual needs and wants of the clients. Residential lighting is personal, diverse, flexible, and must reflect the homeowners. This seminar will explore important lighting principles, and demonstrate their application through case studies of various residential projects. Join award-winning lighting designer Deborah Gottesman as she teaches us how to turn a house into a home through good lighting design!

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the value of “lighting with intention”.
  • Recognize how residential project challenges and goals guide the development of a lighting design.
  • Appreciate the challenges and opportunities that residential lighting controls present.
  • See how designers can deeply affect perception through lighted effects.


Deborah Gottesman
Deborah Gottesman
Gottesman Associates

Deborah has a unique contextual understanding of lighting from all perspectives; her career spans over 30 years in all facets of the lighting industry, including design, engineering, management, education, and manufacturing. Since establishing Gottesman Associates in 1999, Deborah’s creative, rigorous, passionate and client-driven approach have brought award-winning lighting designs to a wide range of satisfied and repeat clients. An electrical engineer with an MBA in Real Property, Deborah has successfully worked on projects in many sectors, and has taught lighting at all levels to a wide audience from students at colleges and universities to senior architects.

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