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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

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...
May 10, 2016
Providing light in a room with low ceilings is a challenge. Decorative sconces should be mounted between 5 feet 6 inches and 6 feet on center above...
March 29, 2016
You are still missing task light and accent light. You probably need some decorative floor and table lamps as well, which can also be used for task...
March 29, 2016
Super-shallow recessed fixtures can have a high glare factor. You might consider installing box beams to give you the room for recessed fixtures...

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