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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 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...
July 03, 2014
You pose an interesting question. I know that when I did theatrical lighting, we did take into consideration the skin tones of the cast. I don't know...
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...

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