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Author: Mark Carlson

Professional landscape lighting designer located in the Sacramento region of N. California. I am a consultant, specifier, technical writer, and activist to promote excellence in this specialized discipline. My company is award-winning and I have done projects throughout the state, N. America and internationally. My business, Avalon Lighting Design has been serving at this capacity for 18 years and it now resides in Orangevale, CA. I perform as an individual designer and contractor for most of my local projects and in a collaborative effort with Gambino Landscape Lighting. This intriguing relationship is one of a kind, as we fulfill to primary roles in this trade/art-form this is unmatched by any of our competition. We lead in the advancement of this craft by continuously raising the bar to standards and practices. I serve with Mike Gambino in the preservation of history for this unique trade--landscape lighting. We have made it our goal and mission to preserve the history of Frank B. Nightingale, the "father of garden lighting"--the man who started this discipline in 1933. Additionally, we republished his book called, Garden Lighting (1958) with an enhanced version called, "The Original Garden Lighting Book" (2013). It allows Mr. Nightingale's words to be redistributed and protected for many years, as well as us providing relevant commentary and updated photos.
Sunday, 9th April, 2017 1:43 am

What is the Message of the Lighting Industry?

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What Message? Currently, lighting designers face a grand problem and it equates to its “message.”  Are we alone in asking this question?  I don’t think so.  This has been a problem for years, if not decades.  We have failed to provide a clear and understandable message to the public.  This single failure has allowed us

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Monday, 26th December, 2016 6:34 pm

It’s Frank’s Birthday!

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A Special Birthday Wish This day a 131-years ago, an incredible man was born.  His name was Francis Byron Nightingale and he was known to many as, Nighty.  He was a man of many talents because he was an adventurer, innovator, writer, magician, designer and visionary.  He began a trade practice that became both an

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Tuesday, 20th December, 2016 7:11 pm

Who Has Control of Your Project?

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Control of Your Project Is Your Business This article will look at why project control is important to a successful outcome.  It is important to maintain control over projects at all time.  Designers and contractors should never forget their value and importance when comes to their profession.  No other party, whether contractor, developer, or consumer,

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Wednesday, 14th December, 2016 8:34 pm

Low-Ball Pricing Will Sink Your Business

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Pricing Matters by Michael Gambino I can’t imagine that Frank B. Nightingale had much competition at the time when he practiced his business of garden lighting, now called landscape lighting.  He was the first to enter the marketplace.  However, I can only assume he faced challenges in selling his services for a premium price. Prospective

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Wednesday, 14th December, 2016 8:00 am

Information about Category Icons

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This article acts to provide information that will designate subject categories by visual reference in the form of icon images.  In addition, the Frank B. Nightingale website is sharing this reference with each of its associated pages–Facebook, Google+, and the LinkedIn Group. Purpose of Categories A category icon will be utilized in upcoming articles, so

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Wednesday, 7th December, 2016 5:40 pm

Landscape Lighting

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What a pleasure and honor it is to finally have a place… a home that is dedicated to Frank B. Nightingale. I am talking about the new website at www.frankbnightingale.com and blog, which preserves the history and vision of Mr. Nightingale. He is considered the “father of garden lighting” and he alone, was the first

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