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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

September 26, 2014
Natural light is definitely ideal for applying makeup when you're being seen during the day. So when you are getting ready for work it's better get...
September 26, 2014
One of the things I see happening over and over again is that when people test makeup in the stores, they are looking at themselves in a mirror that...
September 12, 2014
It’s not so much the size of the mirror as it is the distance between the task lights. The optimum spacing between vanity lights is 36 inches. This...
September 12, 2014
Although I'm a big advocate of LED lighting, if used in a very narrow vanity light, they might not be bright enough to provide adequate task lighting...
September 12, 2014
The color quality of incandescent light is the standard to which all other alternative light sources are compared. Incandescent light has a CRI of...
September 12, 2014
The lumen output does not affect the color temperature of the light source. It is actually the other way around. Layers of other materials such as...
August 04, 2014
Thank you for sharing your thoughts about the lighting. I'm totally on board with showing off those wonderful vaulted ceilings. So many times we have...
August 01, 2014
I would have you consider hanging a series of linear pendant fixtures that have both indirect and direct lighting. The indirect lighting will fill...
July 03, 2014
Yes, it is a frequently asked question, but I think it's an important one. LED products will last for a long time, longer than most marriages. You...
July 03, 2014
I, too, am excited about everything that's happening with LEDs. As far as undercabinet task lighting goes, I like to mount the fixtures toward the...

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Q: How did you get involved in the lamp business? A: I’m an “accidental” product designer. As a child, I envisioned I would... read full story
Residential Lighting: Tell us about your background. Tom Frampton: In 1973, I started out working with Burton A. Burton, who... read full story
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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
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