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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

June 09, 2014
This is a fun question to answer. I can offer you a solution that is both dramatic and energy efficient, even though that’s not exactly what you’re...
June 09, 2014
Often we will see homes that just have accent lighting. If these are the only source of illumination then what is created is called the "museum...
June 09, 2014
You don't have to change the trim; you just need to change the bulb to one with a tighter beam spread. There is an MR16 with a 10-degree beam spread...
May 05, 2014
I know that you want to be energy-efficient, but just putting in a series of recessed cans (whether they are retrofit or new LED) is not the best way...
April 02, 2014
We are dealing with this situation on a regular basis now. Many people who were early adopters of LED products did not have the range of color...
April 02, 2014
It is not possible to put recessed fixtures into a concrete ceiling, but there are a few creative ways you can approach it. One possible solution is...
March 05, 2014
You do have some pretty high ceilings there. I think you should consider using a fixture with a higher lumen output, something in the 800 lumen range...
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...

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Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2-3 p.m. EDT Register for this free CEU webinar by clicking here. Webinar Overview:Learning units:AIA/CES LU (HSW) 1.0 Learning UnitIDCEC (IIDA/ASID/IDC/... read full story
Sponsored by Bock Lighting, CSL, Fanimation, Pure Lighting/Edge Lighting and USA LED Lighting Solutions.   Wednesday, June 10, 2-3 p.m. EDT This free CEU webinar has... read full story
Sponsored by Emerson, Ferguson and Pure Lighting/Edge Lighting. This free CEU webinar has already taken place, but you can watch the archived presentation on-demand by... read full story