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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
Yes, halogen lamps are hotter than standard A-lamps. You can actually cook food with halogen lamps. Think of how much faster those Easy-Bake ovens...
December 05, 2011
There will be incandescent lamps available, especially for historic fixtures; although you may have to smuggle them in from Canada ... like I do with...
December 05, 2011
Wow, 102 recessed fixtures. Does the neighborhood brown out when you turn them all on? First off, I need to know what size opening your recessed...
December 05, 2011
Yours is a good question. I knew that LEDs did well in exterior fixtures where temperatures dropped into the low 20s, when CFLs in many outside...
December 05, 2011
Regarding the re-trim of the existing recessed cans, you have a lot of options. For straight downlights, I like the Juno 9324, which is a luminous...
December 05, 2011
First of all, congratulations for being able to buy a home in these difficult times. I am currently subletting my kitchen to a family of four. You...
December 05, 2011
This is one very general question my friend. I have written whole chapters on this subject, but I’ll stick to the highlights for this column. With...
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...

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