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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

November 10, 2014
I think lighting is a very important component of a successful restaurant. My recommendation is to mix up the color temperatures of the lighting a...
November 03, 2014
You raise a good point. It seems logical that if you assemble a light fixture from all UL listed components that it should then be a UL-listed...
September 26, 2014
The best lighting for illuminating your face at a mirror is side lighting, also referred to as cross illumination. This would be a pair of fixtures...
September 26, 2014
Even though I'm all about energy-efficient lighting and have replaced 98 percent of my incandescent light with alternative light sources, the one...
September 26, 2014
Natural light is definitely ideal for applying makeup when you're being seen during the day. So when you are getting ready for work it's better get...
September 26, 2014
One of the things I see happening over and over again is that when people test makeup in the stores, they are looking at themselves in a mirror that...
September 12, 2014
It’s not so much the size of the mirror as it is the distance between the task lights. The optimum spacing between vanity lights is 36 inches. This...
September 12, 2014
Although I'm a big advocate of LED lighting, if used in a very narrow vanity light, they might not be bright enough to provide adequate task lighting...
September 12, 2014
The color quality of incandescent light is the standard to which all other alternative light sources are compared. Incandescent light has a CRI of...
September 12, 2014
The lumen output does not affect the color temperature of the light source. It is actually the other way around. Layers of other materials such as...

recent articles

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In March 2015, the American Lighting Assn. (ALA) will launch the ALA Newsfeed, a free customizable member option.  The... read full story

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Sponsored by Emerson, Ferguson and Pure Lighting/Edge Lighting.   Wednesday, April 8, 2-3 p.m. EDT Register for this free CEU webinar by clicking here. Webinar Overview:... read full story
Sponsored by Pure Lighting/Edge Lighting and Spotlite-USA.   This live webinar has already taken place, but you can still view the presentation on demand by clicking... read full story
Sponsored by Access Lighting, Engineered Lighting Products, Langlais Group Inc., LTF and Pure Lighting/Edge Lighting.   This webinar has already taken place, but you can... read full story