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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
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...
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...

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