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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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December 05, 2011
Order non-off-the-shelf products in advance and warehouse them until needed. This keeps the contractor or customer from making substitutions that may...
December 05, 2011
The introduction of attractive energy-efficient lighting—fluorescent and LED sources that have the feel and dimmability of incandescent. People want...
December 05, 2011
First, if you’re going to install recessed fixtures, use them only to highlight other walls—not over the sink area. This will create harsh shadows on...
December 05, 2011
Actually, they are kind of on the small side. I would rather you use two 18-inch-wide by 12-inch-high pendants. But if you would like to use the 6-...
December 05, 2011
If there is a little room behind the lens, I might suggest using a theatrical gel material, which is really polyester MylarT. Lee Filters and Rosco...
December 05, 2011
Other retailers, including lighting showrooms, may carry soft goods that are sensitive to UV, and may want a little protection. Fortunately, there...
December 05, 2011
Low-voltage starter kits are the most popular. You get eight fixtures and a transformer (a device that changes a 120V house current into a 12V system...
December 05, 2011
There are both line voltage (120V) and low voltage (12V) systems. I recommend a combination of the two. Mount 120V fixtures on the house to create...
December 05, 2011
I think people are more concerned with the inside of their homes. Once they have settled in, they realize there is valuable real estate beyond the...
December 05, 2011
I bet you thought that you were going to get a nice, short answer -- well, no such luck. There are three things that need to be illuminated in a home...

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