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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

January 05, 2016
Who doesn’t love a good rant? I commend you on having the initiative to write a book, and I can agree that many people illuminate their front yards...
December 08, 2015
This sounds like a Miss America Pageant question. Many manufacturers make a linear LED strip fixture, which has lots of applications. In family rooms...
December 08, 2015
Everyone has their own idea of the optimal color of "white" lighting that works best for them. If 3000K works for you then you're ahead of the game....
December 08, 2015
I'm all for decorative options like table lamps and floor lamps. If they were used just with recessed lighting, it would still not be a well-balanced...
December 08, 2015
That 6000K is frigid. It will look like an operating room. I would recommend that the recessed fixtures be in the 2700K or 3000K range. If taxidermy...
November 10, 2015
I think that it's an aesthetic call, not hard science. Crystal-type chandeliers can hang lower, since you can see through them. The more modern drum-...
November 10, 2015
You didn’t tell me what type of bulb you were using. I’m going to guess incandescent or halogen, since fluorescents or LEDs will not cause fading....
November 10, 2015
The quick formula is to add together the length and width of your room. The total of those two numbers is the suggested diameter of your chandelier...
November 10, 2015
There are kits available made by two companies I know of that can transform a recessed downlight into a pendant light. Hopefully there is one...
October 09, 2015
Ah yes, it is easier to hang from the chandeliers when they're within easy reach. This is a dilemma most people wish they had. You have a wonderfully...

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