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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 for more information on books, upcoming seminars and the latest lighting trends.

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October 12, 2016
I would go with the 3W version and install it with a dimmable driver/transformer so that you can raise or lower the light level. I don’t think the 1....
October 12, 2016
Dang, I keep getting UL questions. I wish I could give you a more “don’t shoot the messenger” answer. The only way to get UL listing is to have the...
October 12, 2016
I’m so glad that you’re installing side lighting at the mirrors in the fitting rooms. Overhead downlighting casts harsh shadows on people’s faces,...
September 13, 2016
I would find a nice large pendant to go over the dining room table that complements the fixtures in the kitchen, but doesn’t match them. If you have...
September 13, 2016
If the fixtures all are at low output, you may have the incorrect voltage of lamps. Check and see if you have 24V lamps instead of 12V (the boxes...
September 13, 2016
For me, and most of the lighting industry, fluorescents are no longer a part of the equation. They have never had a high enough CRI. Their quality of...
September 13, 2016
Accent lighting is used to highlight specific objects, adding depth and dimension to an environment. Recessed adjustable fixtures, track lights,...
September 13, 2016
I talk about this stuff all the time, and for me its second nature, but I forget that it’s not normally used in day-to-day conversation. Task...
July 28, 2016
This is a challenging question that may require a bit of compromise. To keep the cooler hues appearing crisp and white, you need to select a color...
July 28, 2016
First off, I'm very glad that you are using a pair of sconces flanking the mirror. You don’t want fixtures that point light up or down, but instead...

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