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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

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...
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...

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Q: How did you get involved in the lamp business? A: I’m an “accidental” product designer. As a child, I envisioned I would... read full story
Residential Lighting: Tell us about your background. Tom Frampton: In 1973, I started out working with Burton A. Burton, who... read full story
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Debuted at this year’s American Lighting Assn. (ALA) Conference in Huntington Beach, CA, Oct. 1-3, the ALA Conference app... read full story


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