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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

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...
June 04, 2015
Hoarding is such a harsh term. I prefer squirreling away. Fear not. I don't think that the low wattage versions of these lamps will be taken off the...
June 04, 2015
You are right. That lovely chandelier of yours burns up to 800W worth of power every time you turn it on. Luckily, there are LED options out there....
May 11, 2015
A man cave/wine cellar? Are you planning to do a lot of drinking alone? If so, then I'm in! You want to add four types of lighting here, just as you...
May 08, 2015
Thank you for your very detailed question. I'm glad that you're using LED linear lighting above and below the cabinets. As I mention in many...
May 01, 2015
The rule of thumb is to have the shade part (luminous section) of the fixture even with your eye level. If you stand when at the vanity, then I would...
March 30, 2015
Before LEDs came along, we were all using halogen. I used to add a color-correcting filter to make the light even whiter when trying to bring out the...

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