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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 05, 2011
Don't you hate it when someone tells you that you need to do something, then doesn't tell you how to do it? You should start with a "light box" that...
December 05, 2011
In California, now that the new Title 24 code is in effect, I think that there will be a rush on the development of dimmable recessed fluorescents. I...
December 05, 2011
I feel that even when consumers know that there are fluorescents available in a spectrum of warm colors that don’t hum or buzz, they may still have a...
December 05, 2011
Believe it or not, I agree with what you are saying. I am a huge advocate of LED (light-emitting diode) sources. I really feel that this is where...
December 05, 2011
Okay, I’ll tell you where to get what you want—and then try to talk you out of it. Color gels come from theatrical supply houses. The gel material...
December 05, 2011
A good alternative to bedside reading lights is to install a pair of recessed adjustable low voltage luminaires in the ceiling above the bed. This is...
December 05, 2011
Swing-arm lamps can be a very flexible source of illumination that doesn’t take up space on bedside tables. Mounting them at the correct height is...
December 05, 2011
Feel free to vent, that’s what I am here for. Yes, we are all on the same team, and it is frustrating that so little gets communicated between team...
December 05, 2011
I’m always happy to get a question that relates to an upcoming holiday. First, you need to look at the amount of power you will be consuming. Having...
December 05, 2011
Lighting is often the last thing considered and the first thing cut. Even if you can’t afford pendants over the center island, at least install the...

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