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Randall Whitehead, IALD

Randall Whitehead, IALD, is a professional lighting designer and author. His books include "Residential Lighting, A Practical Guide." Whitehead has worked on projects worldwide, appeared on the Discovery Channel, HGTV and CNN, and he is regular guest on Martha Stewart Living Radio. Visit his website www.randallwhitehead.com for more information on books, upcoming seminars and the latest lighting trends.

Recent Posts

May 01, 2015
The rule of thumb is to have the shade part (luminous section) of the fixture even with your eye level. If you stand when at the vanity, then I would...
March 30, 2015
Before LEDs came along, we were all using halogen. I used to add a color-correcting filter to make the light even whiter when trying to bring out the...
March 30, 2015
You are right. There is a dizzying array of trim options available. My design philosophy is to use recessed adjustable fixtures with smaller...
March 04, 2015
I am rather partial to LEDs, but in this scenario I am going suggest another direction. If you were staying in this home, then investing in color-...
March 04, 2015
Your electrician is definitely on the right track. What I believe it comes down to is having a recessed adjustable fixture that is cost-effective,...
March 04, 2015
You are so needy! Fading occurs when art and fabrics are exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light and heat. Fluorescent lamps produce very little UV light,...
March 04, 2015
I especially like the popcorn ceilings with glitter. It makes every day more festive. You would only need to drop the ceiling 3.5 inches in order to...
January 30, 2015
I am happy to help. I just redid the under-cabinet lighting in my own kitchen. The company that I used and recommend is Aion LED. I have also used...
January 30, 2015
I like bright, but not scary bright. There is a big difference between brightness and glare. A bright light source that is too intense can make you...
January 02, 2015
You have some flexibility with the distance off the mirror. It is the distance off the floor (5 feet 6 inches to the center of the luminous source)...

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