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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

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...
July 28, 2016
I wasn’t immediately familiar with the CE listing, but I’ve done my research. This is a label used in European countries and is applied to products...
July 05, 2016
This is a little bit of a challenging situation. You want to have a fixture that you can’t look inside of easily — we don’t want to see the bulbs...
July 05, 2016
Yes. All I would do is take a picture of the fixture showing the labels attached as a backup. It just like the tag on your mattress — once you have...

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