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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.

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June 08, 2016
I say yes, absolutely. Kitchens and baths are the two rooms where you can pretty much add the cost of remodel right onto the value of your home, as...
June 08, 2016
I think that toe kick lighting is a great idea. It offers a low level of illumination that gets you safely into and out of the bathroom in the middle...
June 08, 2016
This is a good question. In reality, you want two types of lighting: one for day (4000K to 5000K) and one for evening (2400K to 2700K). I’ve been...
June 08, 2016
There’s nowhere to go but up. You have what I like to call “the contractor’s special” lighting design for kitchens. These fixtures are mostly...
June 08, 2016
A friend of mine in Spain says that she can always tell who the American girls are: They have beautiful hair, white teeth … and ugly shoes. This is...
June 08, 2016
There is a simple solution, and that is to use a pair of pendant fixtures hanging from the ceiling to provide the necessary side lighting for your...
May 10, 2016
Is your home located in Las Vegas? To me, it would feel like there should be lines of sparkly show girls constantly descending the stairs … not that...
May 10, 2016
This is really an aesthetic call. I would say look at a fixture that is 14 inches to 16 inches in diameter with a height of 8 inches to 10 inches. I...
May 10, 2016
My recommendation is to go with a series of surface-mounted fixtures to help spread the light out. Recessed fixtures, alone, only create pools of...
May 10, 2016
This confused me, too, when the CRI rating came out. I also thought “why use incandescent as the gold standard when it shifts colors to the warm...

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