Tom’s Most Popular Blog Entries (Six Month Round Up)

It has been six months since I started writing for the Light Reading blog, and boy has it gone by quickly. It’s hard to believe that I have written almost 50 posts! To mark this occasion, here are the six blog posts YOU liked best during my last six months of blogging.

1. 11 Stunning Photos of Kitchen Track Lighting

via Lightology
via Lightology

I guess you are as susceptible as I am when it comes to pictures of beautiful lighting design. This blog post is full of pictures of kitchens that utilize track lighting in interesting or unexpected ways. Track lighting is a trend that is coming back strong: It’s no longer just a utilitarian lighting solution for industrial settings.

2. How to Choose Between LED Puck Lights and LED Strip Lights

via Strobel Design Build

In retrospect, I can see why this has been such a hit with the Light Reading readership. I mean, when it comes to under cabinet lighting, choosing between puck lights and light strips is a real issue. The effects of puck lighting and strip lighting are quite different, and seeing this difference in pictures should help readers make informed decisions.

3. 8 Stunning Photos of LED Rope Light Applications

Rope Lights
via Minions Web

This post was one of those visual, inspirational posts that I enjoy reading on other blogs. Instead of giving step by step instructions, this blog post shows you a bunch on interesting things that people have done with LED rope lights. It goes from smart, to elegant, to fun, to a little weird! Enjoy!

4. How to Paint with Light

Danser Ghost Town Light Painting
via Matthew Danser Photography

This was my first blog post for Pegasus! In it, I interview Austin, TX photographer Matthew Danser to find out how he “paints” with light in his photos. We learn some interested photography tricks – tricks that I try out in the next most popular post.

5. Painting with Light: Amateur Edition

In this post I take some of Danser’s suggestions and experiment with “light painting” in my apartment at night. There’s lots of fun stuff here, and things get a little weird with my designs, but hey! It was an experiment! No stuffed animals were hurt during this photo shoot.

6. Six Uses for Battery Operated Motion Sensor Lights

Battery Operated Motion Sensor Lights

This is one of those pragmatic blog posts that I hope you have found useful. Too often, people don’t realize that high quality battery powered light fixtures exist. Much less battery powered light fixtures with motion sensors. They do exist, and they are great for making dark spaces safer to navigate, indoors or outdoors.


It has been a blast writing entries about light and lighting for you to read. Please let me know how I’m doing in the comments, and let me know if there are any topics you’d like to see covered!

Tom Sowders

After majoring in creative writing at NC State, I worked in the home remodeling industry. Then, I attended graduate school for a really long time and gained experience as a writer and writing instructor. I live in the Raleigh-Durham area with my wife and baby boy, and you can find me around the Triangle anywhere there's good music and/or NC-style BBQ.