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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
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...
December 05, 2011
Make sure that the scale of the fixtures is right for the space and that the shade material has enough opacity to effectively hide the light source (...
December 05, 2011
Like in any room in the house, it’s good to have a variety of light levels available. When preparing a meal, it’s beneficial to have a bright punch...
December 05, 2011
Trying to light the entire kitchen with one fixture centered in the ceiling. It ends up being a “glare bomb,” visually overpowering everything in the...
December 05, 2011
The kitchen is the heart of the home and now the center for casual entertaining. Good lighting draws people into it like the glow of a roaring fire—...

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Webinars

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 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