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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

January 30, 2015
I am happy to help. I just redid the under-cabinet lighting in my own kitchen. The company that I used and recommend is Aion LED. I have also used...
January 30, 2015
I like bright, but not scary bright. There is a big difference between brightness and glare. A bright light source that is too intense can make you...
January 02, 2015
You have some flexibility with the distance off the mirror. It is the distance off the floor (5 feet 6 inches to the center of the luminous source)...
January 02, 2015
This sounds like a lovely combination of finishes. We do have a bit of a challenge here. How do we keep these colors looking cool and crisp without...
January 02, 2015
You're asking a good question. It is one that I am wrestling with myself right now. Because the fully integrated LED fixtures are so expensive, I'm...
December 09, 2014
This is a very detailed question, more like a lighting diary. It looks like you have been trying a lot of alternatives for your recessed fixtures....
November 10, 2014
I think lighting is a very important component of a successful restaurant. My recommendation is to mix up the color temperatures of the lighting a...
November 03, 2014
You raise a good point. It seems logical that if you assemble a light fixture from all UL listed components that it should then be a UL-listed...
September 26, 2014
The best lighting for illuminating your face at a mirror is side lighting, also referred to as cross illumination. This would be a pair of fixtures...
September 26, 2014
Even though I'm all about energy-efficient lighting and have replaced 98 percent of my incandescent light with alternative light sources, the one...

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