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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

December 07, 2016
You do have a tight powder room with an awkward ceiling line. I’m glad you’re thinking about cross illumination at the mirror. I would put the...
December 07, 2016
Track lighting will provide you with a junction box, but not necessarily centered on the island. Usually track is fed from one end or the other. Here...
December 07, 2016
You’re touching on what is the major transition point in LED lighting today. It’s not a simple matter of choosing one over the other, you have to...
November 09, 2016
Your question is the question that I get the most. Using UL-listed components does not make a fixture UL-listed. The completed, assembled fixture...
November 09, 2016
It’s my understanding that it’s really just the United States and Canada that are quite insistent on having a UL or CSA label on products that are...
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...

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