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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.

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September 27, 2013
What you would call the cover plate on the ceiling is a "canopy". Take a look at They have a lot of canopies from which to...
September 16, 2013
How about floating the mirror out from the wall and installing linear LED lighting behind it? This would be especially good for vanities with two...
September 16, 2013
My first criteria is always to hide the light source … like I do with my best liquor when my family is visiting. The existing fluorescents were...
September 05, 2013
I have that overheating problem, too, and I find that a well-placed ice cube always does the trick. The recessed fixtures that you have presently...
August 06, 2013
With regard to using LED replacement bulbs in your floor lamps and table lamps, I would have you look at lumen output. Most LED replacements for...
August 05, 2013
Pot lights? You don’t mean grow lights for marijuana, do you? I would have a whole different answer for that question. If you mean recessed fixtures...
July 03, 2013
Your questions make me feel like a contestant in the Miss America Pageant. Would you accept "world peace" as my answer? Probably not. I must say you’...
June 11, 2013
This is more of a declaration than it is a question. I’m still trying to process the lighting installed in your living room. I had to lie on the...
June 07, 2013
Because your sinks are so far apart, what I recommend is that you hang two pairs of pendants. Take a center line measurement off each sink and space...
June 06, 2013
Oh, I have suggestions alright. You can’t really rely on two recessed fixtures to provide all the light you need for a kitchen. It’s like trying to...

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