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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

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...
December 09, 2013
I checked the manufacturer's specifications and saw that this product is not dimmable. A low voltage LED product needs a dimming driver as part of...
November 13, 2013
First off, are you sure you have enough pillows? I believe that they are mating while you are out of the room. The recessed fixtures in the soffit...
November 11, 2013
I would recommend using a 30-inch-wide mirror. That would leave you 9 inches on either side to hang your sconces. The sconces would be centered...
November 08, 2013
I think that your wife is on to something. What about using 3000K throughout the house? 3000K will make your countertops look whiter than under the...
September 30, 2013
Just think of me as verbal Prozac. Try this formula: Add the dimensions of the width and length of the foyer area together. This number will be the...
September 27, 2013
Unfortunately, the short answer is no. It seems logical that assembling a fixture from UL-listed parts would give you a UL listing for the fixture....
September 27, 2013
What you would call the cover plate on the ceiling is a "canopy". Take a look at www.antiquelampsupply.com. They have a lot of canopies from which to...
September 16, 2013
How about floating the mirror out from the wall and installing linear LED lighting behind it? This would be especially good for vanities with two...

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