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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
I’m a big fan of green design, as well. My whole house is either fluorescent or LED (except for the bulbs in the fridge and the oven). I retrimmed my...
December 05, 2011
Thank you for your question about the alabaster. This situation occurs quite often. What usually happens is people put in higher-wattage bulbs than...
December 05, 2011
This is a very good question that hasn’t been asked before in this column. I do see this situation all the time, and it is not the best way to light...
December 05, 2011
I love to bring it. Here are my suggestions for what you can do to promote your lighting line; these suggestions apply to established manufacturers,...
December 05, 2011
First of all, thank you for plugging the book—and for pointing out that I had totally overlooked lighting kids’ bedrooms. You will be happy to know...
December 05, 2011
Ouch, now that you’ve bitten my head off, give me a moment to reattach it before responding. I agree that this is a tough time to launch a product...
December 05, 2011
Okay, technically this is not a question but more of a declarative statement. Here’s the bottom line: Seeing is believing. I take potential clients...
December 05, 2011
I do agree that what people are buying at the grocery and big box stores are not the best CFLs on the market. They are simply the cheapest. For good...
December 05, 2011
The more advanced screw-in CFLs (like those made by TCP Inc.) have electronic ballasts, so they should be compatible. Also, the fixture manufacturers...
December 05, 2011
Both screw-in CFLs and standard incandescent lamps have shorter lives when put into recessed fixtures. The heat rises toward the base and weakens it...

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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