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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
This is kind of a loaded question. I am not a big fan of recessed downlights, whether they are incandescent, fluorescent or LED, as a way of...
December 05, 2011
No, not by themselves. They need other shielded sources of light as well to get family and friends where they need to go — which for me is out the...
December 05, 2011
Clear or beveled glass can be tricky. I tend to recommend an obscure glass — such as seedy, water or frosted — to help soften the light source, and...
December 05, 2011
This is a great question because people frequently get size and placement wrong. Homeowners often select an under-scale fixture so that it looks...
December 05, 2011
There isn’t a clear-cut answer. The bottom line is that all light sources have lamp life and dimming challenges. Fluorescents and LEDs can be...
December 05, 2011
Frankly, I like a fan to be a fan. Once it has a lighting component, then your eye is drawn to something whose main purpose is to move air around....
December 05, 2011
To be totally honest, I’m not a big fan of using downlights to illuminate a room (whether LED, incandescent or fluorescent), but when I must use them...
December 05, 2011
It depends on the function. If it is purely decorative, then the material options are wide open. Translucent materials like silk, parchment and even...
December 05, 2011
I like best to be brought in prenatally, or at least the first trimester of a project. Too often, I get a call as the last coat of paint is going on...
December 05, 2011
Is this a pop quiz? What do I win if I get the answers right? Okay, for the new car my answer is: An induction lamp is a light source in which the...

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