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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 for more information on books, upcoming seminars and the latest lighting trends.

Recent Posts

April 12, 2012
LEDs do produce heat. That is why there is so much metal in the lamps and fixtures to act as heat sinks. The main difference is that they do not...
April 12, 2012
What is the room that you are lighting being used for? How is the furniture laid out? Instead of just doing a grid of recessed fixtures, my...
March 19, 2012
Yes, you do have a bit of the situation there. But fear not, there is an answer at hand … actually, four answers: 1. Look for a linear fixture that...
March 19, 2012
First off, I’ll provide a guideline: The bottom of the fixture should be 32 to 36 inches above the tabletop. Now that I’ve told you that rule, I’m...
February 14, 2012
You and I are on the same page about higher CRI and warmer color tones. I have ranted about this issue in a few of my other columns, saying that...
January 04, 2012
If you install a surface-mounted fixture in the ceiling, the recessed fixtures are unnecessary, except for wet-label-rated ones that could go over...
January 04, 2012
The bigger the holes, the more your ceiling will look like Swiss cheese. My recommendation is to use a minimal number of recessed fixtures, combined...
January 04, 2012
Six-inch-diameter apertures in the ceiling are pretty gigantic. Most architects and contractors have moved over to the 4-inch-diameter cans. Most LED...
December 06, 2011
The VU1 R30 lamp became available Dec. 1 on the Lowe’s website and will be in stores in February. I did get a sample and feel that the quality of the...
December 06, 2011
I am right there with you. From the beginning of my career, the terms color temperature and color rendering index (CRI) have always had an air of...

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Q: How did you get involved in the lamp business? A: I’m an “accidental” product designer. As a child, I envisioned I would... read full story
Residential Lighting: Tell us about your background. Tom Frampton: In 1973, I started out working with Burton A. Burton, who... read full story
If you know anything about Richard Alan, it’s probably one of these things: He’s made a name for himself as one of the best... read full story
Debuted at this year’s American Lighting Assn. (ALA) Conference in Huntington Beach, CA, Oct. 1-3, the ALA Conference app... read full story


Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2-3 p.m. EST Sponsored by Emerson and Kuzco Lighting. Register for this free CEU webinar by clicking here. Webinar Overview:Learning units:AIA/CES LU (HSW... read full story
Sponsored by Bock Lighting, CSL, Fanimation, Pure Lighting/Edge Lighting and USA LED Lighting Solutions.   Wednesday, June 10, 2-3 p.m. EDT This free CEU webinar has... read full story
Sponsored by Emerson, Ferguson and Pure Lighting/Edge Lighting. This free CEU webinar has already taken place, but you can watch the archived presentation on-demand by... read full story