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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.

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October 11, 2012
I’m hoping that your boyfriend is not close enough to come over and beat me up, but I'm going to have to side with you. Light fixtures on the façade...
October 04, 2012
OMG, four decades? You must be really old. Now, my friend, if you go back and look at the question, you will see that the reader was asking about...
September 19, 2012
So you want a dappled pattern of light and shadow but are just too impatient to let nature take its course? Well, I'm right there with you! Just like...
September 19, 2012
Okay, that's a fair enough question. Lots of people move their furniture around. I move my furniture everyday instead of going to the gym. In our...
August 16, 2012
Frankly, I think color temperature is important in all aspects of lighting. As the general public is inching its way toward the use of dimmable...
August 13, 2012
Yes, 130 volt bulbs are like giant tortoises … long life/low output. I normally recommend using 130V bulbs when it is a matter of maintenance, not...
July 06, 2012
You're right, different light sources accelerate fading at different rates. It depends on the amount of ultraviolet (UV) light each particular light...
July 06, 2012
I like to come in once a furniture layout is completed and the list of finishes has been selected. It is impossible to do a quality lighting design...
July 06, 2012
The first situation that came to mind is trying to screw in light bulbs while standing on a donkey. The second most challenging situation is when the...
July 06, 2012
You need to become familiar and comfortable with new alternative light sources and light fixtures so that you can make educated decisions on how they...

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