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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

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...
August 03, 2015
The bottom line is that lighting fixtures in the United States need to be UL/ETL listed. Lighting manufacturers invest a lot of money in getting...
August 03, 2015
I like the direction that you’re going in. You can create little box beams to house recessed adjustable fixtures. You can use a remodel housing for...
July 07, 2015
Yes, four recessed downlights are a terrible way to light the two-story space. Just changing out the light bulbs will not do much to improve the...
July 07, 2015
The official answer is yes. The fixture was not tested with the replacement glass. If the house burns down they will not honor the claim. On the...
July 07, 2015
You don't know how many times I get asked this question. The bottom line is that you can't legally sell light fixtures in the United States that don'...
July 07, 2015
My recommendation is not to have the lighting above the mirror. It only lights up your forehead and then casts uncomplimentary shadows into your eye...
June 08, 2015
Is Christmassy really a word? I agree with you, though. While I am seeing an increased use of lasers for tree lighting, the colors available are...

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