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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
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—...
December 05, 2011
Thanks for the advance warning. I hope you don’t mind if I say that this is an awful idea. Not the Asian aesthetic part, I like that very much. It is...
December 05, 2011
Whoa, take a breath. It’s not a competition. I think that LEDs and fluorescents will both play a big role in the future and eventually nudge...
December 05, 2011
I agree. There are too many terms out there, making lighting less clear to both homeowners and professionals. Here are the official definitions:...
December 05, 2011
The kitchen has now become the new center for casual entertaining; home-owners want the light to be as flattering here as it is in the living room...
December 05, 2011
Different types of light in a room create a better environment, rather than relying on a single light source or type of fixture. This is called “...
December 05, 2011
Things always cost more than we expect. Even if the client doesn’t have the budget for all the decorative fixtures they want, it’s better to run the...

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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