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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 06, 2011
Breathe deeply and stay calm; I can talk you through this. Traditionally Arts and Crafts-style homes tend to be on the darker side because there is a...
December 06, 2011
I do think that reading lights are good candidates for the use of an LED source. You can have a relatively small shade size housing a pretty powerful...
December 06, 2011
First off, I am telling everyone that you read my column first. I will post it on my Facebook account, along with an anonymous photograph which I...
December 06, 2011
I’m assuming that you’re talking about the Halo H-1499 low voltage housing with the 1420 slot aperture trim. These slot aperture trims are geared to...
December 06, 2011
Let’s start with the design objective: If you don’t want it to feel like a basement then you will need more than just recessed downlights. The space...
December 05, 2011
UL (Underwriters Laboratories) is a testing facility for light fixtures (and other electrical devices) that vouches for the safety of the product....
December 05, 2011
Although remodel cans are a great idea, they are not all created equal. The basic concept is that you are able to cut a hole in the ceiling that is...
December 05, 2011
Cost-wise, a standard household bulb (such as a 60A19IF) retails for around 85 cents, a standard reflector bulb (such as a 50R20) costs around $5.50...
December 05, 2011
I often hear people saying that an MR16 bulb uses less electricity than a 120V reflector bulb. In truth, a 50W MR16 bulb uses as much power as a...
December 05, 2011
Advice you want? I'm full of it. We normally recommend the use of a combination of both low voltage (12V) and line voltage (120V) fixtures. We use...

recent articles

Q: What are the biggest differences between Canadian and American lighting markets? A: I’ve always looked on the North... read full story
Residential Lighting: How did your book come about? Hilliard MacBeth: Fifteen years ago, I started to notice people changing... read full story
As many in the home furnishings industry celebrated a slight but meaningful uptick in sales over the previous year, news... read full story
In March 2015, the American Lighting Assn. (ALA) will launch the ALA Newsfeed, a free customizable member option.  The... read full story

Webinars

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