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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
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...
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...

recent articles

Residential Lighting: How has the role of the market center — Dallas specifically, but also market centers in... read full story
Q: When did you decide to go out on your own as a designer? A: My wife Kel and I teamed up to create Mark McDowell Design... read full story
Accent Lighting posted this collage with its beaming staff front and center; from left: Ted Binhammer, Lynn Richards, Bob... read full story
Founded in 2013, National Ceiling Fan Day (NCFD), which will take place this year on Sept. 18, is becoming a tradition to... read full story

Webinars

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2-3 p.m. EDT Register for this free CEU webinar by clicking here. Webinar Overview:Learning units:AIA/CES LU (HSW) 1.0 Learning UnitIDCEC (IIDA/ASID/IDC/... 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