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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

February 01, 2016
Yes, using just recessed downlights in a room produces harsh shadows on people’s faces and makes the ceiling feel lower. I would recommend dividing...
February 01, 2016
As far as indirect lighting goes, using LEDs, I would recommend 250 lumens per foot. Your pendant fixtures should be in the 36-inch to 42-inch...
February 01, 2016
The short answer is yes, you can get LED that is daylight in color and has full-spectrum quality. I need to put in a qualifier, though. Full-spectrum...
January 05, 2016
I think what you’re doing is absolutely correct. Use two mirrors and position the three sconces so that they are equidistant on either side of the...
January 05, 2016
For pure color rendering, the optimal color would be 3500K, but this color can be a little too cool for skin tones. My recommendation would be to use...
January 05, 2016
First off, let's talk about where the fixtures are going to be located. For the size laundry room you have, I would recommend two surface-mounted...
January 05, 2016
Who doesn’t love a good rant? I commend you on having the initiative to write a book, and I can agree that many people illuminate their front yards...
December 08, 2015
This sounds like a Miss America Pageant question. Many manufacturers make a linear LED strip fixture, which has lots of applications. In family rooms...
December 08, 2015
Everyone has their own idea of the optimal color of "white" lighting that works best for them. If 3000K works for you then you're ahead of the game....
December 08, 2015
I'm all for decorative options like table lamps and floor lamps. If they were used just with recessed lighting, it would still not be a well-balanced...

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