Ask Randall

Randall Whitehead lighting designer
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

December 06, 2011
Let’s start with the design objective: If you don’t want it to feel like a basement then you will need more than just recessed downlights. The space...
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...

recent articles

Residential Lighting: Tell us about Lights Fantastic Pro (LFP). Jon Sayah: We’re trying to do three things. One, inspire the... read full story
Google’s 360-degree tours, called Business View, invite customers inside your space virtually, giving panoramic views in a 3... read full story
In a day and age where the Internet is king, digital information protection is royally important. It’s a commonly held... read full story
Residential Lighting: You have the blog. Why did you write a book? Gabrielle Blair: I didn't really have “book... read full story


Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2-3 p.m. EST Sponsored by Kuzco Lighting. Register for this free CEU webinar by clicking here. Webinar Overview:Learning units:AIA/CES LU (HSW) 1.0... 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