HBHQ Office and Podcast Studio

Alcon Lighting Store Alcon Lighting logo horizontal +1 (310) 733-1248 customer service +1 (877) 733-5236 customer service
US Los Angeles 2845 S. Robertson Blvd. CA 90034


Kelsi Lamberth, Nuance Interiors

Lighting specifier

Eric Bartlett




Fort Worth, Texas

Date of completion

October 19, 2022

Who is the client and what is the project location?

The client is HBHQ, the coaching enterprise led by profit and money-making coach Haley Burkhead. HBHQ’s space exists at 3100 Capital Way in Fort Worth, Texas.

A 5-light pendant light hangs over the HBHQ office kitchen island, providing task lighting, with linear recessed and round recessed lights affording general lighting

Who designed this project; who chose the lighting?

Kelsi Lamberth, owner, proprietor and lead designer of Texas-based Nuance Interiors is the lead project designer. Lighting was selected by Eric Bartlett, Nuance Interiors’ leading architect.

Recessed linear lights and trimless round recessed lights by Alcon Lighting hang over a conference room table at the HBHQ podcast studio Lighting in the HBHQ podcast studio office conference room balances with natural light from the large windows

What was Kelsi Lamberth’s design goal?

To create a soothing atmosphere with an orderly lighting layout.

“We wanted to keep the ceilings as clean as possible, sparingly using recessed cans,” Kelsi explained. “The only fixture extending from the ceiling is a simple five-lamp chandelier system, which acts as the focal piece of the main space above the island.” Kelsi ordered ceiling cove lighting with a long linear wall wash in the main space to promote comfort, adding flexibility and allowing for recessed lights to remain off during daylight hours when there’s adequate ambient light.

Kelsi noted that linear recessed lighting in HBHQ’s executive office affords refined lighting within the vaulted ceiling. This provides downlighting for task work, while feeling softer due to positioning in the ceiling and shielding direct visibility of fixtures.

Slim 1-inch linear recessed lights by Alcon Lighting provide light in an office at the HBHQ podcast studios in Fort Worth, Texas Natural light streams through a window at the HBHQ podcast studio office with linear recessed LED lights providing downlighting and wall wash lighting

What was the lighting challenge?

“Lighting two podcast rooms and the ceiling within Haley’s office,” Kelsi answered. “In order to achieve the ceiling design, we needed a fixture that would fit within the 1" flat channel at the apex of the ceiling coffers. That space was determined by the proportion and curve of the trim elements we used in order to make the ceiling [appear] as one structural system.”

The 2' and 4' length lights allowed Nuance Interiors to properly distribute light and maintain the same product type throughout three rooms with different dimensions.

Nuance Interiors used slim 1-inch linear recessed ceiling lights for podcast studio lighting at HBHQ in Fort Worth, Texas Commercial bathroom lighting at HBHQ in Fort Worth, Texas, features a modern decorative pendant light

Which lights were used and why?

Nuance Interiors chose the 3" recessed trimless LED light [14143-R-WH-35K] for general downlighting.

“We liked the 3" fixture size for the scale of the space and light level it provided,” Kelsi said. “The 4" fixtures felt a bit too large, while 2" fixtures were not substantial enough and would have required more fixtures to achieve the same goal. The 3" was Goldilocks-perfect for the space.”

Within Haley Burkhead’s office ceiling and the podcast studios, Kelsi used 2' linear LED [12100-10-R-R30-S2'-35K-BK] and 4' linear LED [12100-10-R-R30-S4'-35K-BK] lights.

“Both of these linear LED products allowed us to achieve the structural look of the ceiling with fixtures neatly installed in the apex of these vaults,” she said. “We also selected linear diffusers with apertures matching the width of these fixtures. This allowed for all lighting and HVAC needs to be met within neat, thin lines, maintaining [a] solid, structural feel and clean, refined look.”

Product dimensions and construction suited the trim, she noted. “The great light quality and dimming capability allowed us to dial in the perfect light level for an even glow that feels as if light is softly breathing from the ceiling vaults, creating a peaceful, meditative atmosphere.”

Opting for the 3' linear LED wall wash product [12100-10-PR-CR15'-35K-BK] along the kitchen tile wall behind steel and glass hanging shelves, Kelsi was able to keep shelving close to the tiles while illuminating the whole wall. “The fixture was a perfect fit in terms of size and light output,” the lead designer said. “We also brought the wood surround of our built-in millwork right up to the edge of the fixture for a seamless channel look.”

1-Inch Perimeter Wall Wash Trimless Linear Recessed LED Light

This wall wash perimeter strip light is ideal for hallway accent lighting or for lighting art and other aspects on the adjacent wall. Our commercial-grade trimless lighting includes a 1-inch wide, glare-free, snap-in lens in frosted acrylic for better distribution of light.

View Details

VE 14143-R 3-Inch Recessed LED Trimless Round Light

Our three-inch, round LED recessed, trimless downlight fixture is ideal for retrofit and new construction residential and commercial applications. The 120-voltage downlighting has a 30° beam angle. This product is Type IC-rated, no housing required.

View Details

1-Inch Recessed Linear LED Light

Our military-grade, field-cuttable aluminum light fixture will last a long time and can be installed in any drywall thickness. This commercial-grade lighting product includes a 1-inch wide, glare-free, snap-in lens in frosted acrylic for better distribution of light.

View Details
Nuance Interiors' lighting specifier Kelsi Lamberth used three types of Alcon Lighting fixtures at HBHQ: a 1-inch linear recessed light, a recessed wall wash light and a round recessed light

“The fixture was a perfect fit in terms of size and light output,” the lead designer said. “We also brought the wood surround of our built-in millwork right up to the edge of the fixture for a seamless channel look.”

What was the overall goal of the space?

“The client loved the feel and charm of older brick and concrete office and warehouse buildings, while also gravitating towards a cleaner, more refined style and calming atmosphere,” Kelsi recalled. “The challenge was to marry those two elements and bring the vision of a meditative renovation of an older building to life within newly constructed office space. That concept was incorporated from the initial planning by blocking out offices and conference rooms in uniform bays lining the main space.”

Kelsi’s simple design allowed for accentuating materials, furniture and artwork. Of these, the feature ceiling within Haley Burkhead’s office was the most ambitious. The ceiling design called for standard crown trim elements with a curve to create a continuous series of miniature barrel vaults, reminiscent of concrete T-beams commonly found in older office and warehouse buildings.

The result? A ceiling that felt structurally solid in form, providing easygoing charm while remaining refined due to scale. The interior already lent itself to the design goal, Kelsi said, but the material palette and lighting were key to HBHQ project success. Offices and conference room bays received full-width storefront systems; these were surrounded by dark brick cladding, solidifying the sense of an existing building.

Wall-to-wall millwork within the main space was fitted in light-toned white oak, with a full-height ivory color tile inset, drawing out tones of the monolithic marble island. The simple nature of the main millwork forms in lighter materials sets the tone from the moment you enter the space, softening the roughness of the brick—allowing space for each element.

Insights tip

Proper lighting design combined with an understanding of lighting’s effect on the human body can improve worker wellness and efficiency while reducing operating costs. The guiding principles of lighting design are a starting point. But the ultimate office lighting determinant is the unique nature of the work itself, including any specific task-related habits practiced by the worker. Learn more in our article A Practical Guide to Work and Office Lighting.

The high profile Albuquerque branch, constructed to replace an outdated existing branch, was conceived to introduce digital innovation to unique branch architecture and streamlined project management…

View project

Re-purposing what had once been a locksmith shop, Hunt remade the building with respect for the existing ceiling structure, retaining concrete block walls and exposing ducts. “Giving the client a range…

View project

To highlight existing industrial architecture by preserving previous parts while offering a contrast with new construction. Architectural lighting design works to serve, highlight and enhance certain…

View project

Alvarez & Vincent designer Christian Munoz met with AARMY’s LA head, Angela Manuel-Davis. “We knew that she was a former USA track team member,” Munoz said, adding that Manuel-Davis invited designers to…

View project

Founded in Houston, Texas, Othon is a multi-descipline civil engineering firm focusing on private and state-sponsored projects, such as a segment of California’s high-speed railway, sought…

View project

The design goal was to light the center’s work environment while enticing tenant workers with a hospitable, front office flair.

View project

After 26 years in the games industry—working on brands such as Lord of the Rings and 007 James Bond—CEO and founder Bret Robbins started Ascendant Studios in 2018 with the goal to foster...

View project

After 26 years in the games industry—working on brands such as Lord of the Rings and 007 James Bond—CEO and founder Bret Robbins started Ascendant Studios in 2018 with the goal to foster...

View project

The lobby is narrow and deep, fronting a street—located in the heart of San Francisco’s historic Jackson Square neighborhood with tall, canopied trees and tall, adjacent buildings—which made it challenging to draw natural light into the innermost spaces.

View project

Speculative suites are typically suites within a multi-tenant building in which the landlord preemptively invests in making the space move-in ready (or near move-in ready) without necessarily having a business contracted to occupy the space.

View project

Sharp Law Office has 20 attorneys and staff. The firm practices in 45 states, the Caribbean and areas in Europe, necessitating both virtual and in-person services from their Kansas office, located on a bustling street in a residential area.

View project

Connecticut-based Mike's Organic, an online marketplace selling produce from local farmers via online orders with local pick-up and delivery, opened their flagship market in a former International House of Pancakes (IHOP) building in the Cos Cob neighborhood...

View project

“Wilton Court is [Palo Alto’s] first approved affordable housing project since 2013 and is the inaugural project for its new Affordable Housing Combining District,” according to the client, Alta Housing.

View project

Located in an Illinois forest preserve near the convergence of three rivers that form the Illinois River, Four Rivers Environmental Education Center’s visitor center needed a variety of interior and exterior spaces, including a 2,000-gallon fish tank, to immerse visitors in the region’s natural habitat.

View project

Outside Boise, Idaho lies Ford Motor Company’s Kendall Bronco dealership—strikingly remade with new concepts, lighting and accents from what had previously been a local car wash.

View project