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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 and follow his blog www.lightmakesright.com for more information on books, upcoming seminars and the latest lighting trends.

Recent Posts

March 05, 2014
I think having good lighting at a full-length mirror is very important. The optimum distance between the two sconces should be 3 feet. You do not...
March 05, 2014
Wow, my mom’s side of the family is from Alberta, Canada, and they needed to do the very same thing! I believe I have an excellent and economical...
February 04, 2014
You may have read my rants in earlier columns about using a grid pattern of recessed fixtures as a substitute for proper lighting design. The best...
February 04, 2014
I'm sorry to say that no such as conversion kit exists, although I think it's a great idea. I would much rather see the shade instead of the light...
January 07, 2014
Let me applaud you for selecting an LED source. I always hated replacing those stubby little halogen bulbs in my puck lights. They would get...
January 06, 2014
I think that there is enough space to install the fixtures, but it might be a little tight. What I would recommend doing is making a template of the...
January 06, 2014
What your electrician is suggesting is a surface-mounted fixture that is about the size of a dessert plate. It uses an LED source, which is dimmable...
December 10, 2013
I noticed in your photo that you have blackout shades and no mirror over the vanity. Is it possible that you are a vampire? I'm not judging; just...
December 10, 2013
There are companies that make a surface-mounted downlight that mimics the look of a recessed fixture. Take a look at the Traverse fixture from Sea...
December 10, 2013
We do deal with a lot of buildings that have concrete ceilings. If your ceiling is higher than 8 feet, then doing a 2-inch drop to run wiring is a...

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