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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.

Recent Posts

May 14, 2013
You know how I feel about trying to make one type of light fixture do all of the work. This is the master bath, your very special and personal domain...
May 14, 2013
I was just working on a project with the same need. We found some nicely done back-lit mirrors that were more in the "wrist-and-ankle" price range....
May 14, 2013
I'll tell you what we are doing on projects to cover up a recessed fixture that is no longer in use. We actually use a speaker cover to make the...
March 28, 2013
You are asking these four recessed LED cans to do a lot, my friend. When your parents face the counters to do food prep, their backs will be to the...
March 04, 2013
First off, I want to congratulate you on having the forethought to add exterior sconces flanking the French doors. This will help keep them from...
February 01, 2013
Oh, please, I have a checklist for everything, from my “what to wear to the airport” checklist to my “what not to do on a first date” checklist. I...
January 03, 2013
It sounds like your room is suffering from a bad case of inadequate lighting. I see it all the time, where a contractor or an architect has put in a...
November 30, 2012
You are absolutely right about having lighting on either side of the mirror. It is the most flattering because it bathes people in even illumination...
November 12, 2012
Your main challenge here is the concrete ceiling. What the contractors usually do is drop a ceiling or soffit in the kitchen or a hallway in order to...
November 06, 2012
I wish! Presently the only LED lamp I know of that will be able to produce the equivalent of 90W of incandescent light is made by Switch Lighting. It...

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