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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

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...
October 09, 2015
I would put the two fixtures on separate dimmers, especially since I suspect that the sconces will be incandescent, while the overhead light is LED....
October 09, 2015
There is a little bit of give and take, but the standard mounting height is 36 inches from the countertop to the bottom of the light fixture. You...
October 09, 2015
My suggestion is to use a long vertical fixture that would be appropriate for both a sitting position at the vanity and while standing at the sink....
September 01, 2015
I would recommend a 21-inch-diameter fixture and I would have the bottom of the fixture 36 inches above the table top. That being said, depending on...
August 31, 2015
If the fixtures are decorative in nature, then 70 inches to 80 inches would be the right mounting height. If they are more of an indirect light...
August 31, 2015
This has nothing to do with building code. While it is less expensive electricity-wise to not install light bulbs in the recessed fixtures, I think...
August 03, 2015
The short answer is yes. The fixtures need to be UL-listed. UL tests fixtures so that they are safe. If the fixtures are UL-listed then UL will take...

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